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    Guide to Ardnamurchan Peninsula

    Things to Do & See, Eat & Stay on Ardnamurchan Peninsula

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Ardnamurchan

Guide to the remote Ardnamurchan Peninsula


West of Fort William is one of the most remote parts of the Highland region, stretching south from Loch Ailort to the Morvern Peninsula, and west to the wild and beautiful Ardnamurchan Peninsula. This lonely, southwestern corner features a dramatic landscape of rugged mountains, desolate moorland and near-deserted glens, fringed by a coastline of sparkling white beaches and clear turquoise seas with wonderful views across to the isles of Mull and Skye. This is one of the least-populated areas in Britain, mainly due to the legacy of the Highland Clearances in the mid-19th century, when whole communities were evicted by landlords in favour of more profitable sheep.  

With so few people around, this is an area noted for its wildlife, with a huge variety of birds and animals, such as deer, pine martens, wildcats and eagles. If you have both the time and the energy, it's worth exploring on foot. There's a series of footpaths throughout the area, particularly around Ardnamurchan.

Eating Out

Your best choice is the Kilchoan Hotel which has both food and a bar (01972 510200) or website. In Kilchoan. Also in Kilchoan is Meall Mo Chridhe which is a B&B but also serves dinner to non-residents although it is strictly BYOB. Much of the food is actually grown on the farm. Website or call on 01972510238 or e: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You can go a little upmarket with Mingary castle which is a smart hotel and has bar and restaurant - their meal is between 7 to 15 courses!! call ahead on 01972510715 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This is not the sort of place you rock up to!

Shopping

There is next to nothing in the way of shops and shopping. There is a small store and the sweetest petrol station at Ormsaigmore/Kilchoan overlooking the harbour.

Travel Directions to Ardnamurchan

It's an area of few roads. Once you leave the A830 Fort William to Mallaig road, buses are few and far between, so it's not easy to get around quickly without your own transport. Shiel Buses, Tel. 01967-431272, run most of the bus services. There's a bus once a day on Tue, Thu and Sat from Fort William to Lochaline (2 hrs), via the Corran Ferry. There's a bus once a day (Mon-Sat) from Fort William to Acharacle (1 hr 30 mins, £4.25), via Lochailort. There's also a bus (Mon-Fri) to Acharacle from Mallaig (1 hr 30 mins). There's a bus once a day (Mon-Sat) from Fort William to Kilchoan (2 hrs 25 mins, £5), via Strontian (1 hr, £2.70), Salen and Glenborrodale.

For details of the ferry from Lochaline to Fishnish on Mull and from Kilchoan to Tobermory. If you're travelling by car, access is via the A861, leaving the A830 before Glenfinnan or at Lochailort. You can also make the 5-min ferry crossing to Ardgour from the Corran Ferry about 8 miles south of Fort William on the A82.

Local Sights & Activities for Ardnamurchan

30 walks in the area are listed in a local guide book available at tourist offices. You should also have OS Map numbers 40, 47 and 49, which cover the area

Local Visitor Attractions

  • Sanna Beach

    Stunning sandy beaches at the tip of the wild Ardnamurchan Peninsula. It's a hike but you get your reward!

  • Ardnamurchan Lighthouse

    The most westerly point of the british mainland and home to an impressive lighthouse and a wonderful little coffee shop. There are also toilets. If you are visiting Sunna, then drop in here as well for views of Dolphins and whales which can be seen off shore

Nearby Distilleries

Ardnamurchan Hotels & Accommodation

Strontian has 3 hotels. The luxurious 'Kilcamb Lodge Hotel', (4 star and excellent reviews 4.7/5 Tel. +44 (0)1967 402257), standing in its own grounds on the lochside and serving superb food. The Ben View HotelTel +44 (0)1967 402333, slightly outside the village and the Strontian Hotel in the village' both of which serve food.

There are several Bed and Breakfasts of which the nicest is Meal Mo Chridhe near Kilchoan which features in Sawdays Guides - see details in the eating out for contact details. and the Ariundle Bunkhouse where you can also get meals & breakfast, Tel +44 (0)1967 402279.

A variety of self catering properties are also available.