Acharacle - The New Shielbridge

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.