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.
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
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.