Ardnamurchan is sometimes referred to as “almost an island”. You could easily spend all week exploring the peninsula without ever having to take the ferry to the ‘mainland’. This page describes some of our favourite places.
There are a number of easy, way-
The ancient fortress of the MacDonalds, Castle Tioram was built in the mid 13th century and extended in the 14th century as a testament to the independent rule of Rough Bounds by the Clanranalds, Lords of the Isles. It is situated in a strategic location on a rocky tidal island of Eilean Tioram at the confluence of Loch Moidart and the River Shiel, occupying the whole summit of the rock in Moidart.
The Castle’s reputation as an impenetrable stronghold is borne of its design, construction and location. It has been taken only once and then by deception and cunning. It was set alight in the 18th century on the order of Allan, 14th chief to prevent it falling into the hands of the Government. It now stands as a sombre testament to the changing fortunes of the Clanranalds.
Sanna lies some six miles north west of Kilchoan, a little to the north of the tip of the Ardnamurchan Peninsula. It is a small crofting settlement with two separate centres, either side of the road that approaches it. But it isn't the settlement that you'll have come to Sanna to see. Rather it is the beaches, the rocks and the dunes that lie along the west-
Ardnamurchan Point is the most westerly point of mainland Britain. It is crowned by a lighthouse -
This is a wonderful place to simply sit and stare -
Craig na Shee is the perfect base for exploring this part of the Highlands. Here are a few suggestions for day trips:
Mull & Iona
Take the ferry from Lochaline to Mull. You could do a gentle circuit of the island, taking in the dramatic cliffs at Gribun or the beautiful beach at Calgary -
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The Harry Potter Train
Or, to give it its proper title, the West Highland Line (Mallaig Extension Railway). Taking the Jacobite steam train from Fort William to the busy port of Mallaig is a definite highlight. The views from the train are amazing, and the run over the Glenfinnan Viaduct is unforgettable. There are plenty of interesting stops along the way, including the small museum at Glenfinnan Station with its cafe in an old railway carriage, and the beautiful village of Arisaig.
Although you can experience the steam train, the line runs ‘ordinary’ scheduled trains at a lower price if you’re on a budget, and you can still catch a glimpse of the Jacobite in all its steamy glory.
The Isle of Skye
Just a short ferry ride from Mallaig and you’re on the famous Isle of Skye. A great circular driving route would be to take the ferry over from Mallaig, and return by the Skye Bridge. It’s a long but rewarding day out.
Most of our visitors pass through Glencoe en route to Craig na Shee from the south. It’s a beautiful glen, dramatic mountains either side of the road in an ever-
How about Oban, Fort William or Loch Ness? Or the fascinating Parallel Roads of Glen Roy? Pick a clear day and bag Ben Nevis -
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