From Skye to Ullapool, Scotland’s west coast is renowned worldwide for its dramatic seascapes and fjord-like sea lochs. However, let me introduce you to one of the west coast’s true hidden gems – the Ardnamurchan Peninsula.
Ardnamurchan or the ‘headland of the great seas’ (or more romantically, the headland of the sea hounds – otherwise known as otters!) is the most western part of the British mainland, and is beautifully unspoiled, wild and remote and is home to just 2000 people.
How to get to Ardnamurchan
Whilst part of Lochaber and just west of Fort William, getting to Ardnamurchan is no easy task; catch the tiny ferry at Corran by Glen Coe and leave the civilisation of Ardgour behind. Follow the single-track road which winds its way west along Loch Sunart, Scotland’s longest sea loch, to literally the end of the road.
Things to do on Ardnamurchan
Visit Castle Tioram
At the village of Salen, take the road north to Loch Moidart, to visit Castle Tioram. The castle guards the entrance to the River Shiel and the entrance to Glenfinnan. For Clan Ranald, it was a formidable position to control. The castle is now in ruins and as it sits on a tidal island, only accessible at low tide.
Drive through Glenborrowdale
Returning to Salen, the road passes through Glenborrowdale, and with the Isle of Mull appearing on your left, keep driving until you literally reach the end of the road.
Visit Sanna Bay
At the end of the Ardnamurchan Peninsula is Sanna. Whilst Scotland has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world (it is true, they often reach the top 10!) however I think Ardnamurchan might just have the best. To find Sanna Bay walk from the hamlet of Portuairk along the coastal path.
Don’t be scared if you are joined by a very tame huge lion of a dog. He will need no encouragement to join you on your walk. Say hello from us if you see him, and if you are his owner, we’d love to know his name!
Portuairk holds the claim to being the most westerly settlement on the British mainland, and the crofting cottages hug the coastline and appear in the most spectacular locations…
Walking from Portuairk means you arrive at Sanna high above the bay, where the view across the beach reveals sea so blue it needs no editing… The path leads down to the beach with its beautiful white sands.
View the Small Isles – Eigg, Rum and Skye
Returning to Salen, the road twists and turns across Ardnamurchan’s volcanic caldera, opening up to a view of the small isles of Eigg and Rum and on a clear day, across to the Cullins on Skye.
Oh Scotland, you truly are stunning.
I left a little piece of my heart behind in Ardnamurchan, and I am sure you will too…
We will be back, I promise!
Love from, Scotland x
More things to do on Ardnamurchan
Take the ferry to Tobermory on Mull (Summer & Winter timetable) from Kilchoan
Climb Ardmurchan’s highest mountain Ben Hiant
Take a dram at the Ardnamurchan Distillery
Visit the singing sands at Kentra
Drive to Glenfinnan and Loch Shiel to watch the Harry Potter train
We stayed at the luxury Cuil Moss Cottage – a perfect cottage for two!
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