Things to do

Lochaber is a great holiday destination. Acharacle is a natural ‘cross roads’ right in the centre of an area of unique Highland charm and variety. Within 45 miles the highest mountain in the British Isles, Ben Nevis, towers above Fort William. The Caledonian canal, linking east with west by way of Loch Ness and Loch Lochy passes close below the famous Commando memorial at Spean Bridge, before descending “Neptune’s staircase” to the sea.

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Come west on the A830 ‘Road to the Isles’, towards Mallaig, and you will pass Glenfinnan, where the clans gathered to support Bonnie Prince Charlie in the 1745 rebellion. The famous “Harry Potter Railway Bridge” over which steam trains puff each summer, is on the route.

Onwards towards Arisaig, a whole western seascape opens up to reveal the islands of Skye and the inner Hebrides. But… slow down ! Only the A861 turning south, at Lochailort, will bring you here: to this hidden land of lochs and mountains, ancient woodlands, castles and crofts.

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Information…

Local guidebooks to this area are distributed widely. Booklets for hill walkers describe quiet rambles to historic places, while for the more adventurous, testing hill routes and climbs are also outlined. Aided by the ordnance survey Explorer map ( 390 ) covering Loch Shiel / Loch Sunart, artists, bird watchers, botanists, geologists, and ecologists can easily identify local areas of special interest; cyclists can follow the ancient by-ways, and boat enthusiasts pick their landing spots. If you bring your own dinghy or kayak the sea can be your ‘highway’. You can explore near or far in sheltered sea lochs, visit secret silver sand beaches, or voyage along the fringes of the open ocean. Rowing boats are available locally for day and fishing trips. Around Duneira many excellent cycling routes exist: some of these lead well off the main highways. At Duneira high quality Mountain bikes are available for daily hire.

Cycling:       This downloadable map   displays many of the local cycling routes.

Other mountain bike and cycle routes across Forestry ground in this region are described on http://www.sunartoakwoods.org.uk/getactive/cycleroutes.htm

 

Hill walking:     A well set out Walks booklet is available for the area which describes 30 local routes.

The walks are clearly graded from easy to quite strenuous.

 

Sea Kayaking :  The Inn at Glenuig – approx 10 miles from Kentra – has been modernised.

The bays at Smirisary and Glenuig have now become a well Sea kayaking launch point. The Inn is

ideally situated to compliment an area with huge paddling challenges:  www.glenuig.com/

 

Pontoons and moorings: At Salen on Loch Sunart (3 miles south of Kentra).

A trailer sailing boat could be kept afloat there:     www.salenjetty.co.uk/

 

Days out :      Venture the length of Ardnamurchan along the tortuous, but much improved, single track road, and you can reach the most westerly point on the British mainland, where endless swells pound some of the world’s most ancient rocks. Take the small Calmac ferry from Kilchoan across the Sound of Mull to Tobermory…. ( pre-school TV fans will know why !) Perhaps board a scheduled boat trip from Laga Bay, Kilchoan or Tobermory to visit outlying islands or watch whales off the peninsular ( in season) .

Call in at the famous Nadura natural history centre and restaurant near Glenborrodale.. http://www.ardnamurchannaturalhistorycentre.co.uk/

Boat Hire:     a motor boat at Laga Bay to explore Loch Sunart… or go fishing – either sea angling or with an estate permit (available in the village shop ) to fish several inland lochs.

Guided walks:     Accompany a wildlife Warden through the renowned Sunart Oak woodlands…
or just relax, join in the regular folk evenings in local restaurants and bars, and blend with the landscape…..

The Choice is yours….