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The Ardnamurchan Peninsula is without doubt one of the most beautiful and utterly wild unspoilt areas of Europe. From unspoiled beaches and rugged coastline to ancient woodlands and castles, explore Ardnamurchan by car, bicycle and foot. The following provide some highlights in the area. For more information on activities, go to ‘Things to do, further afield’. www.visit-ardnamurchan.co.uk
Six miles over the hill from Glenhurich lies the nearest village, Strontian. A traditional west coast settlement from which to furnish most provisions for a holiday, Strontian has a Tourist Information Centre, grocery shops, post office, police station, petrol station, camp site and doctors surgery. The villiage lies on the shores of Loch Sunart, and derives its name from the first discovery of Strontian, containing the element Strontian. The old Strontian mine is visible on the road towards Glenhurich.
Acharachle, Kentra Bay
At the southern tip of Loch Shiel, Acharachle provides access to river Shiel, Castle Tioram and the beautiful Kentra Bay. An excellent pie shop, bar/hotel and grocery shops.
The ruined castle Toiram (pronounced cheerum) is the ancient seat of the Clanranalds, Lords of the Isles. The fortress was built in the mid 13th Centrury on a strategic rocky tidal island of Eilan Tioram at the confluence of loch Moidart and river Shiel. (The castle’s reputation as an impenetrable stronghold was borne of its design, construction and location). Beautiful shoreline walks to the castle at low tide, and along the coast are easy to find from the car park at the end of the road from Acharachle.
Singing Sands of Arivegaig
The Singing Sands are reached by a 4 mile cycle or walk along a coastline and forestry track from the car park at Arivegaig, a short drive from Acharachle . This is one of Scotland’s most remote and beautiful beaches, with spectacular views to the islands of Muck, Eigg, Rum and Skye.
The most westerly villiage on mainland United kingdom, Kilchoan is the departure point for ferries to Tobermoray on Mull, and the base for excursions to the incredible cliifs at Ardnamurchan lighthouse, the Achnaha volcano crater, Mingary castle and the beautiful Sanna Bay. From Kilchoan daily boat trips to Staffa-famous for Fingal’s cave; and Lunga-a puffin paradise; as well as opportunities to sight sea eagles, minke whales, orcas, basking sharks and dolphins. For more details see below links:
Ardnamurchan lighthouse is the most westerly point in the United Kingdom.
“A fantastic Christmas break”
It was wonderful to wake up in the morning to the vista of snow topped hills, the nearby Loch Doilean & the stunning Loch Shiel.