The crofting village of Acharacle is located on the south western shore of Loch Shiel.  The village name is derived from the Gaelic Àth Tharracail (Torquil's Ford) and commemorates a battle in 1120 in which the Norse invader Torqulli was defeated by Somerled, King of the Isles, by a ford near the River Shiel.  The village is served by a grocery shop, bakery, take-away, cafe, service garage, public convenience and a medical centre.  The Loch Shiel Hotel is also a great place for a drink, lunch or evening meal.  Shielbridge Hall in Acharacle hosts regular Produce Markets during the summer months, and also serves as a venue for classical musical events during the annual Loch Shiel Festival.  From the jetty, you can take a cruise down Loch Shiel aboard The M.V. Silas to Glenfinnan (selected days only).  The shores of Loch Shiel are also a great place to look for wildlife.

There are several great walks, some stunning beaches and the romantic Castle Tioram nearby.