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 before following the coastal path to lovely The White Sands beyond. Make time for lunch at The Glenuig Inn, visit The Moidart History House, and pop into the small village shop for a friendly chat and an ice cream.

The beach at Samalaman is popular with locals on sunny summer days, though a wildlife delight throughout the year. Head out to Samalaman Island at low tide, taking care not be cut off by the incoming tide, or head off along the coast through oakwoods to the west looking for otters, elephants and other fantastical creatures.

There is a small parking space at the end of the wee yellow road from where you can walk to the old crofting village of Smirisary and the white sandy beach beyond. A lovely walk to a deserted beach with great views over Eilean Shona and the Small Isles beyond.

Stop off for lunch or tea after your walk at The Glenuig Inn and make sure you visit the Glenuig Smokehouse for some great locally smoked produce.

 

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Reasons To Visit: Beach, Historical, Walk

There are no roads to Smirisary, so you will have to park at the end of the minor yellow road from Glenuig and walk.  It is, however, a lovely short walk to the isolated village of Smirisary which was deserted until recent times. The author, Margaret Leigh lived in one of the white-painted croft houses in Smirisary and in her book, The Spade Among the Rushes, recalls the trials and tribulations, as well as the enchantment, of a crofting lifestyle during the Second World War.

From the village you can follow a well defined, though rather muddy, path southwards along the coast to two beautiful sandy, remote beaches in the bays by Port Achadh and Aonaich.  The beaches are truly magical, especially at low tide and are they also a great spot to look for wild flowers on the machair behind.


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Reasons To Visit: Beach

Samalaman Beach is located just past Glenuig on the small road to Smirisary.  A lovely sandy beach with fine views to The Small Isles.  Samalaman Island is accessible at very low tides, though care should be taken to avoid being stranded by the incoming tide. 

This is a great beach for the family being a great spot for swimming, boating and beach safaris and is very popular with locals on sunny days.


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Reasons To Visit: Village

Glenuig is a small coastal crofting community on the Sound of Arisaig in Moidart. Facilities include a small community shop, a community centre, a smoke house, interpretation centre and jetty.    The Glenuig Community Centre also has a small bar (Hub Club) and hosts a range of musical events throughout the year. 

The Moidart History House is located by the Community Centre.  This small interpretation centre showcases the excellent work of the Moidart Local History Group and includes a selection of books, pamphlets, documents and leaflets on Moidart and the surrounding areas.  A great resource in you wish to find out  more about the history and culture of Moidart and its inhabitants. 

The Glenuig Inn overlooking Glenuig Bay serves lunch and evening meals, as well as providing accommodation.  This refurbished drover's inn markets itself on its green credentials and uses local, seasonal and organic produce in its cuisine.   The Glenuig Inn also offers guided kayak safaris and visitor moorings. 

There are some stunning beaches nearby including Samalaman Beach and The White sands of Smirisary. 


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Reasons To Visit: Interpretation Centre, Historical

The Moidart History House is a small interpretation centre located next to the Glenuig Community shop on the A861 in Glenuig.  It was opened in 2011 and showcases some of the excellent work of the Moidart Local History Group.  Areas of interest include religion, archaeology, agriculture, education, culture, history, townships and places and place names.  The centre includes display boards on some of the projects carried out by the Local History Group, for example The High Mingarry Survey.  There is also a selection of books, pamphlets, files and leaflets on Moidart and the surrounding areas for consultation. There is also an opportunity to purchase some of published material by the Moidart Local History Group, including a books, cds and walking leaflets.   The interpretation centre is open seasonally for a few days each week.  Volunteers are on hand to provide further information and answer any questions.