Salen is small coastal village on the shores of Loch Sunart overlooking Salen Bay and not to confused with Salen on the Isle Of Mull. The Gaelic name for the village reflects its "small inlet" location which has provided a safe anchorage for centuries. The village is served by The Salen Hotel, a traditional Highland Hotel, built in the Victorian era, which is a great place for a pub lunch or evening meal. There is also a jetty, with visitor moorings, and shop (The Salen Jetty Shop), where you can purchase local produce and crafts, as well as refreshments.

Salen Bay is a great place to look for coastal wildlife, including otters. There are some lovely walks nearby, including the Salen woodland which skirts around Salen Bay through Atlantic oak woodland, and the Salen Alphabet Trail.