Head out west, way out west, to the most westerly point of British mainland on the stunning Ardnamurchan peninsula. Your destination is an elegant Egyptian style lighthouse, built in 1845, with an exhibition centre and tearoom. On route you will have the opportunity to visit some of the best beaches on the West coast of Scotland. Drive through a world famous Volcanic ring complex. Delve into the history of Ardnamurchan by exploring a Neolithic chambered cairn (Greadal Fhinn) or visiting St Comghan's Church...
Day Trips - Ardnamurchan in a Nutshell
There is no shortage of destinations for day trips and activities across Ardnamurchan. Whether you are looking for wildlife, beaches, history, walking, gardens, wilderness, distilleries, castles, culture or a friendly chat, you can find it all when you are Wild About Ardnamurchan.
We have put together a selection of destination-based tours and activities which we hope you will find helpful in tailoring your own slow adventure around the Wilds of Ardnamurchan. From the far west where you can climb up Ardnamurchan Lighthouse to The Heart of Moidart where you can visit a romantic ruined castle, to a wildlife hide on the shores of Loch Sunart, to the beautiful gardens at Ardtornish on the Morvern Peninsula, we have got it covered...
The Isle of Mull is a great destination for a day trip when you are staying in the Ardnamurchan area. You can hop on the ferry from Kilchoan as a foot passanger and enjoy a day in and around Tobermory, or you can take your car from either Kilchoan to Tobermory or from Lochaline to Fishnish and travel further afield. As well as the shops, restaurants and museums in Tobermory, there are some lovely local walks and plenty of wildlife spotting opportunities and tour options. All aboard!
The North Coast of Ardnamurchan offers breathtaking scenery; rocky cliffs, sandy bays, wildlife galore and a host of archaeological sites, including the Viking boat burial discovered in 2011 at Swordle. Take the road north from the B8007, some three miles before Kilchoan, signed towards Kilmory, Ockle and Fascadale and head into the wilds of North Ardnamurchan. Enjoy a walk on the beaches at Kilmory and Swordle, wander west from Fascadale towards Glendrian or venture east from Ockle towards The Singing Sands. Remember your binoculars to scan for eagles in this remote and rugged land. Take your camera to capture the stunning scenery.
A fabulous day out exploring the coastline, history, whisky and wildlife around Glenborrodale, on the southern coast of the Ardnamurchan peninsula. Follow the nature trail or take a guided walk through the lovely Atlantic oak woodland at the RSPB reserve at Glenborrodale. Find out about Scotland's iconic wildlife by visiting the Ardnamurchan Natural History Centre; this is also a great place to stop for a morning coffee or afternoon tea. Take time to savour the unique flavours of the Ardnamurchan spirit by taking a tour around the Ardnamurchan Distillery at Glenbeg. Step back in time and explore the deserted settlement of Bourblaige scattered along south-east flank of Ben Hiant...
Visit some of the best beaches on The West Coast of Scotland. This trip introduces you to three stunning beaches on the north east coast of Ardnamurchan peninsula; one is accessible by car; the other two are more remote and accessible only on foot. The three beaches are the lovely wee beach at Ardtoe, the stunning beach at Gortenfern known as The Singing Sands, and the beautiful remote beach and dunes at Cul na Croise. Take time to enjoy these stunning beaches. Take a picnic or stop for lunch at the nearby village of Acharacle where you can take a short walk to the jetty on Loch Shiel for fine views of Ben Resipole.
Watch out for the elephants as you approach Glenuig, and make sure to take the diversion along the wee road to the beach at Samalaman. Step back in time and imagine yourself as a crofter with your spade amongst the rushes at the old crofting village of Smirisary and follow the path to the lovely The White Sands beyond. Make time for lunch at The Glenuig Inn, visit The Moidart History House, pop into shop for a friendly chat and ice cream, and make sure you take home some tasty locally smoked produce from the Glenuig Smokehouse.
Take an historic journey to Castle Tioram, the ancient fortress of the Clan Ranald, on the small tidal island of Eilean Tioram. Immerse yourself in the romance and history of this iconic castle with its turbulent past. Enjoy one of the many local walks in the area from coast to hill. Have a picnic on the lovely beach at Dorlin. Scan the sky and hills for raptors, including the magnificent white-tailed eagle. Look for otters foraging in Loch Moidart or along the banks of the River Shiel. This is a great day out focussed around a romantic ruined castle on a tidal island, with access to the island only available at low tide.
Take a trip out Morvern way and lose yourself in the Gardens of Ardtornish, walk along the shores of Loch Aline to a medieval castle and look out for otters on the low road to Lochaline. Explore the cleared village of Inniemore and enjoy a nature safari on The Scottish Wildife Trust reserve at Rahoy. Make time for lunch or dinner at The Whitehouse Restaurant in Lochaline and maybe take the ferry on a day trip to The Isle of Mull. Head out Drimnin way to make a wish at Clach na Criche on your way to Nc'ean Distillery.
Take a stroll on The Gaelic Alphabet trail, head up Ben Resipole or take a wildlife safari on the shores of Loch Sunart. This day trip is centred around the northern shores of Loch Sunart and takes in the small coastal village of Salen and the small settlement of Resipole. There are some lovely short walks around the small inlet at Salen, including the Salen Woodland Walk and the Alphabet Trail, which can be combined together into a longer walk. Stop off for morning coffee at the Salen Jetty Shop or sample the local cuisine by taking lunch at the Salen Hotel.
Head out to the lovely village of Strontian, with its local shops, inn and village green. Wander through the Atlantic oak woodland at Ariundle, a Celtic rainforest and one of Scotland's National Nature Reserves. Join the fairies on a magical walk that skirts along the banks of the River Strontian. Explore the historic Corrantee lead mine, one of a group of mines that was worked between 1725 and 1871. Stop off for a delicious lunch at Cafe Sunart, take afternoon tea at The Ariundle Centre and maybe round off your day a wee dram at the Strontian Hotel.