How to visit Amazing Ardnamurchan

How to visit Amazing Ardnamurchan

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. 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 unspoilt, 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! Your west coast never fails to surprise me. This is the view of Rum and Eigg from the Ardnamurchan Penisula. Do you have a favourite surprise view? #scotspirit #smallisles #greatbritain #letsgo #omgb #travelbloggers #scotland #favouriteview #lochaber #ardnamurchan #visitscotland #iloveardgour #ig_scotland #scottishhighland #scotlandsbeauty #bbcbritain #photosofbritain #photosofscotland #photosofbritain #capturing_britain #britain #explore #visitgreatbritain #bbcbritain #bbcscotlandpics #guardiantravelsnaps #landscape #travelbloggers #travelwithintention

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!

To help plan your visit and Lochaber Geopark

The Corran ferry runs until 9pm every day

Guide to visiting Ardnamurchan and Sanna Bay

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  1. 08/11/2016 / 8:45 am

    This is one of those areas that I love but haven’t been to for years (mainly because of the out-on-a-limb location). I must admit we’ve always taken the lazy way of driving to Sanna beach rather than walking, but we did climb all the steps in the lighthouse where you we told we might spot whales! We didn’t but the views are fantastic. I’d also recommend the visitor centre near Glenborrodale for wet weather. Plenty to occupy young children, including a crawl-through wild cats’ den. (As I say though, it’s some years since we’ve been and I’m assuming it’s still open)

  2. melchaddphotos
    08/11/2016 / 9:17 am

    This was already on my ever growing list of places to visit and now I want to go NOW! Hahaha

    Sounds stunning and you’ve taken some really lovely photos too. Always a bonus when you get a furry travel companion too.

  3. 08/11/2016 / 12:54 pm

    Beautiful photos! I miss it there and need to go back soon. It’s a wild remote paradise! Did you stay at the Rudh Dubh? What a view to wake up to 🙂

  4. 09/11/2016 / 8:54 pm

    Oh wow those white sand beaches could rival Barbados’ ones. I can’t believe that is Scotland. Absolutely stunning scenery

  5. I live in the south of England and every year I tell myself I will go to Scotland. These pictures contribute to my yearly promise that I will make true in 2017!!

  6. taylormfuller
    10/11/2016 / 12:04 am

    your photos are so pretty. I haven’t been to Scotland before. Definitely on the list!

  7. leahshoup
    10/11/2016 / 3:55 am

    Goodness, these photos are stunning! I’ve always wanted to go to Scotland, but I had never heard about anyone’s personal experiences in the area. Need to get there ASAP 🙂

  8. 10/11/2016 / 11:07 am

    Wow, it looks like such a beautiful part of the country! I plan on visiting Scotland again next year to see more of the rural areas like this so I’m definitely going to try and visit Ardnamurchan too!

  9. 10/11/2016 / 12:27 pm

    Looks sooo incredibly peaceful! I really would love to find somewhere where nobody knows it and just unplug!

  10. 10/11/2016 / 2:19 pm

    I enjoy your Scottish posts #farawayfiles

  11. Bonnie Ward
    10/11/2016 / 2:57 pm

    Thank you for sharing your pictures, I have not been to Scotland, although my Grandparents were from there. You really have made me want to pack up and go.

  12. 10/11/2016 / 4:38 pm

    Wow – I agree this place is truly amazing! Thanks for sharing a part of Scotland I had no idea about. So many places to see in this big world!

  13. 10/11/2016 / 7:45 pm

    Oh my goodness I cant wait to see what else you have in store for us as this is truly amazing scenery. The kind you could get lost in forever. I’m feeling my Scottish heritage stirring in me and telling me to head north sooner rather than later. Incredible. Thanks for sharing this beauty with us on #FarawayFiles

  14. 10/11/2016 / 8:26 pm

    Absolutely amazing! I have never heard of this place before! I am planning a West coast Road Trip up to John O Groats possibly next summer and I will definitely add Ardnamuchan to my list! Love seeing posts about Scotland 🙂

  15. 11/11/2016 / 12:59 am

    This really looks amazing! How awesome that you have to put in a bit of effort to visit. These are the kind of places I love! That castle on an island and accessible on low tide is super cool too! This makes me want to go to Scotland ha! Love the photos!

  16. Ruth
    11/11/2016 / 1:40 am

    Oh my! What a beautiful place! It has most of the elements I enjoy in landscapes. I hope to visit one day (finger crossed I visit on a sunny day like you).

  17. 11/11/2016 / 2:00 am

    Wow this looks beautiful! I never knew that Scotland had such beautiful beaches. The Scottish Highlands are high on my list for next years travels so I’m excited to read through your posts and make my itinerary!

  18. Clare Thomson
    11/11/2016 / 2:28 pm

    How do you do it, Kate? Every week you show us yet another wonderful undiscovered gem of Scotland, every post more beautiful than the last. Ardnamurchan looks absolutely beautiful. Delighted to have you share it with us on #FarawayFiles

  19. 12/11/2016 / 6:08 am

    Oh my goodness, what a stunning place. It sounds so beautiful and you’ve got the pictures to match. Have you ever seen the northern lights from there? I keep trying to figure out where might be a good place in Scotland!

  20. 12/11/2016 / 8:10 am

    This is on my bucket list! We nearly went last year but didn’t make it – it looks as beautiful as I expect (and you had great weather!)

  21. 12/11/2016 / 10:55 am

    You’ve just shown me a new part of Scotland that I must see. Those images are stunning, and the fact that Adnamurchan is tricky to get to only makes it more appealing – worth the effort I’d say!

  22. 12/11/2016 / 4:16 pm

    So delicious these landscapes. Love them – dying to explore. Thanks for sharing with #FarawayFiles this week, cheers from Copenhagen – Erin

  23. 16/11/2016 / 6:10 pm

    lovely.. am definetly going to do these things in my visit to ardnamurchan 🙂

  24. It’s been a few years since I’ve been to Ardnamurchan but it is such a beautiful place and feels wonderfully wild and isolated. Your beautiful photos have taken me back there 🙂

  25. Alex Wilson
    26/08/2018 / 5:14 pm

    We just did the walk from Portuairk to Sanna and were joined by the same dog! I know it’s the same one because we also thought he was a Lion! He led the way and forced his way through the 2 gates!

    • Love from, Smidge
      27/08/2018 / 4:09 pm

      That’s amazing, I’m glad to hear the dog is still taking people on walks, he is a beauty!

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