Camas Torsa

As you head out along the B8007 from Salen to Kilchoan and Ardnamurchan Point you pass by a small Forestry Commission picnic site at Camas Torsa on the shores of Loch Sunart. A great place to sit and admire the views of Loch Sunart watching out for otters.

Sailean nan Cuileag

As you drive from Salen to Resipole and Strontian on the A861 you pass by the small Forestry Commission car park for Sailean nan Cuileag (The Bay of Flies). Stop off here for a lovely short walk through Atlantic oak woodland down to the shores of Loch Sunart. Look out for the wooden mushrooms on the shoreline, studded with 'wishing coins'. Take time to explore the coastline and salt marsh at low tide looking out for otters feeding on the rocks.

Ardery and Garbh Eilean Wildlife Hide

The Garbh Eilean Wildlife Hide on the shores of Loch Sunart is a great place to while a away a few hours looking out for otters, seals, eagles, terns, and other coastal wildlife. There are forestry commission car parks for the hide, one close by with disabled parking facilities and the other at Ardery, a short walk away through Atlantic oak woodland and heathland.

The Alphabet Trail and Salen woods

Take a walk through the Atlantic oakwoods at Salen and around the small lochan, Loch Na Dunaich, on the Gaelic Alphabet Trail. Look out for the trees identified with the Gaelic Alphabet and learn about Gaelic culture and history from the interpretation boards in the car park. The Lochan is a great place for dragonfly stalking and butterfly bagging in summer, though watch out for the Kelpie!

The Gaelic Alphabet Trail

As well as being a top dragonfly stalking site, The Gaelic Alphabet Trail provides an interesting introduction to the importance of nature and plants to the Gaelic culture.  The information boards in the car park, just east of Salen on the A861, introduce the Gaelic alphabet which has eighteen letters, each of which is associated with a species of tree.

Sailean Nan Cuileag

Sailean Nan Cuileag, or The Bay of Flies, is a natural harbour formerly used to export goods, such as charcoal, oak bark and brushwood.  The Viking's were also reputed to have stored their boats over winter in the harbour.

Ben Resipole

Ben Resipole, a Corbett, is the highest peak on the Ardnamurchan, and affords spectacular views of Loch Shiel, Loch Sunart, the Small Isles and Skye on a clear day.  The route is strenuous and the path is muddy and indistinct in places.  However, the walk is enriched by the changing vegetation as you climb from Atlantic oakwood to birchwood, to moorland following the ailt mhic chiarain watercourse and then onto the rocky summit.  You can park and start the walk by Resipole Holiday Park, though please check at reception if you leave your car there.


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.