Enjoy a fabulous day exploring the coastline, history 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 morning coffee or afternoon tea. Take time to savour the unique flavours of the Ardnamurchan spirit by taking a distillery tour. Park up and admire views over Ben Hiant before heading down to the lovely sandy bay at Camus nan Geall to explore the ancient chambered cairn and standing stone, or simply take a seashore safari along this rocky shoreline looking out for otters and coastal birds.

For the more adventurous, take the opportunity to climb Ben Hiant whose rugged profile dominates the northern shore of Loch Sunart. On a fine day, this lovely hill walk affords stunning views of the Small Isles, the Isles of Mull and Skye, Loch Sunart and Loch Teacius, as well as the hills of Morvern. Ben Hiant has been designated as an SSSI for both its geological features and its flora and it is a great place to look out for golden eagle and white- tailed eagle.

 

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Reasons To Visit: Walk

The austere rugged profile of Ben Hiant (528m) dominates the northern shore of Loch Sunart of the Ardnamurchan peninsula with its bare rock exposures and jutting outcrops. This is a lovely low level hill walk with stunning views on a fine day of the Small Isles, Mull and Skye, Loch Sunart and Loch Teacius, and the hills of Morvern. 

A gentle ascent along a fairly distinctive path but with a few steep and vertiginous sections, requiring a little scrambling in places.  A stunning walk on a bright day affording panoramic views at the summit and geological and botanic interest on route.


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Reasons To Visit: Historical, Walk, Photo Opportunity

It always worth stopping off at the viewpoint by Camas nan Geall (Bay of the Strangers) off B8007. The view point affords stunning views of Ben Hiant, the sandy bay and the coast beyond. There is an interesting interpretation board identifying the key geological and landmark features of the Ben Hiant Intrusion. There are also some scheduled monuments nearby which can be accessed by heading down the farm track towards the bay. These include a Neolithic chambered cairn (Cladh Chiarain), a Bronze Age standing stone, a 18th century burial ground, an Iron age fort and the remains of two settlements, Tornamoine and Bourblaige; a great place for an archaeological safari.

Get out the binoculars and scan the coast for otters or scan the hills for raptors; Ben Hiant is a good place to look out for golden eagle and white-tailed eagle. Alternatively, relax , have a picnic and contemplate the beauty and peacefulness of the wilds of Ardnamurchan.


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Reasons To Visit: Interpretation Centre, Tearoom

The Ardnamurchan Natural History Centre, formerly Nadurra, comprises a stylish, eco-friendly shop, cafe and an exhibition centre. The exhibition centre (the Living Building),  built in 1992, with its wooden frame and turf roof, includes a range of exhibits showcasing the landscape, geology, and flora and fauna of the Ardnamurchan area.  The Lochview Tearoom serves light lunches, afternoon tea, hot and cold beverages and a selection of cakes and scones.  There are also picnic benches and interpretation boards outside.


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Reasons To Visit: Distillery

The Ardnamurchan Distillery opened in July 2014 producing two signature styles of spirit, one peated and one unpeated which will mature in American and Spanish oak casks in the warhouse at Glenbeg.

The distillery has a visitor centre from where they run exclusive, informative and friendly tours year-round, for everyone from whisky newcomers to the seasoned expert.  This is a rare opportunity to discover how the distillery blends innovative and traditional techniques to produce the unique and characterful Ardnamurchan spirit.

The distillery operates tours throughout the day on Tuesdays to Sundays, though should be booked in advance.


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Reasons To Visit: Wildlife Hotspot, Walk

The RSPB reserve at Glenborrodale is located on the hills beside Loch Sunart and consists of Atlantic oak woodland, heath and bog. Over 130 birds have been reported within or in the vicinity of the reserve, including the coast and surrounding waters. These include merlin, redstart, skylark, tree pipit, spotted flycatcher, wheatear, whinchat and wood warbler. Look along the coastline of Loch Sunart for common sandpiper, turnstone, oystercatcher and white-tailed eagle.

There is a nature trail through the reserve and guided walks are available on Wednesday afternoon in season.