Ardtoe Travel Guide

  • One of the fantastic beaches by the campsite.
    One of the fantastic beaches by the...
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  • Ever changing light over the sea at Ardtoe.
    Ever changing light over the sea at...
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    Number two campsite beach
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Ardtoe Things to Do

  • Loch Sunart

    This was our second visit to Loch Sunart. Unfortunately this visit was on the motorbike on a murky, wet day so the loch did not appear overly beautiful!!We only travelled the stretch from Salen to Glenborrodale.The road is all single track, with passing places and disappointingly trees hide much of any views of the loch from the road. There are a...

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  • Loch Moidart and Tioram Castle

    Castle Tioram (Cheeram, meaning dry)) sits on the tiny rocky isle of Tioram at the entrance to Loch Moidart. It is only accessible at low water when it can be reached by walking across the sands.A minor road at Shiel Bridge follows the river Shiel some of the way before it ends at the estuary, looking out to the castle. The whole area is one of...

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  • Loch Shiel

    This is a freshwater loch which used to be a sea loch many years ago. It is the fourth longest loch in Scotland at 17 miles and is up to 120 metres deep in places. It is situated 40 miles west of Fort William and has no roads along it's length. Because of this, it is a wilderness area and all manner of animals and birds can be spotted, including...

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  • Footballing Dog!!!!!

    We are not great dog-lovers but I have to say, Molly the campsite dog was an ideal dog!! She wasn't all yappy and slobbery and she was so amusing!! She had an obsession with balls and would steal any she came across. Her head would go down and she'd head the ball at high speed round the campsite, looking for someoneto play football with. Philip had...

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  • Fishing

    Everybody had fishing gear at the campsite. Many hours were spent waiting for a bite. Unfortunately, we only heard of one person (apart from us from the boat) who caught anything worthwhile from the shore. For us, we were lucky having the boat. One day we caught eleven mackerel in quick succession, other times we would just catch the odd one. I...

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  • Seal Watching

    I love spotting seals and this holiday didn't disappoint me. One or two visited close inshore so we could see them from the beach but our best moments were out in the boat. We turned into Kentra Bay, round the headland and chugged up the loch a little. On our right, I spotted a seal balanced on a rock and then realised there were many more basking...

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  • "Our Beach."

    Well, I thought the other two beaches were stupendous, the next one along is even more so!! More sand but still plenty of rocky outcrops and at high tide, the beach divides into two. The further away part was often more sheltered and we would sit and have our evening drinks here, just watching the sea.Although we launched our boat from the other...

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  • Campsite Beach

    The most perfect little cove at high water,as the tide recedes it leaves plenty of sand. There are rocks to climb on and there is easy access to the water for small boats.The day we arrived, the beach was strewn with jellyfish that had been washed up, some of them were enormous. Strangely, after that, their appearances were much less frequent.The...

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  • Main Beach At Ardtoe

    When you finally arrive here, you can't help but say "wow!"The sandy beach here is split into various parts by rocky outcrops. At low water, the tide recedes way out into the bay. At high water, there is not a lot of sand left.At the back of the beach is the marine conservation place. There is a walkway along the top of the beach, across to the...

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Ardtoe Nightlife

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    by nickandchris Updated Aug 8, 2009

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    Not a tip on nightlife spots but about the simple pleasures of watching the sun go down behind Skye.

    I really wanted to witness a sunset over the islands during our stay at Ardtoe. We had to wait all week, until our very last night, when we were justly rewarded with a spectacular display. We were sat in a howling gale, wrapped up in our coats; it was perishing but it was a sight well worth freezing for....

    Waiting for the sun to go down... Spectacular display over the islands Going down.... Almost.... Last one....
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Ardtoe Transportation

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    by nickandchris Updated Aug 8, 2009

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    The beaches at Ardtoe are a great place for launching small boate. We launched on the beach directly below the campsite, struggling to carry the boat and outboard, we would then beach her on the next beach round.For us, it was always best to launch on an incoming tide so the boat ended up at the top of the beach and made it less work for us manouvreing it.a

    There is also a jetty , about a mile south of Ardtoe, where numerous boats were moored. There appeared to be a narrow channel that always had water in. I don't think there was a charge for launching here but there is very limited parking and a notice asks to keep the jetty clear.

    There is a small island in the bay to circumnavigate and a couple of spectacular beaches can be easily reached on calm days. Be very aware of sea conditions, even though the water can look relatively calm, it can soon change and turn nasty. Don't venture out if it looks too rough unless you have a decent sized boat and are very capable. We were actually at Ardtoe the day a fishing boat from Cumbria (where we are from) went down in rough seas and three of the four crew drowned. Not a nice thought. We watched the helicopters and boats searching for hours.

    Ardtoe Jetty on a calm day... Our little boat.... Tranquil waters at the jetty Our boat on Boats by the jetty, Ardtoe.
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Ardtoe Shopping

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    by nickandchris Written Aug 6, 2009

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    The nearest food shop to Ardtoe is Spar, in Acharacle, some 5 miles back down the single track road. This shop sells most food items including fresh vegs and vacuum packed fresh meat, alcohol, cigarettes, newspapers, etc. It was certainly a life-saver for us when Philip decided he just had to have a pot noodle!!

    There is a small carpark in front and another car park with toilets and re-cycling facilities. Nearby is a bakery/cafe and take away with an outdoor seating area and also a hotel serving food. A little further on is the post office with an internet cafe!

    Mallaig, further north, has a wider choice of shops but for any really big shops, it will be off to Fort William, some 50 miles away.

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Ardtoe Local Customs

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    The first photo shows someone's sense of humour,a painted rock ,supposedly a monster midge. We actually experienced very few midges, thankfully, probably as there was usually a bit of a breeze and were able to sit out at all times.

    The second photo shows the resident ducks on the campsite, belonging to the owner. They would often come racing onto the site, scrounging whatever was on offer. We very nearly enticed them into the van but they thought better of it!! They did, however, pay a visit to a neighbouring tent and were in there eating scraps put down for them. Quite an amusing sight!!

    The third photo shows some monster jellyfish washed up on our first day at Ardtoe. The beach was littered with them but thereafter, we never saw another one!

    The last picture is of a farmed deer, near Shielfoot. Unfortunately we didn't spot any wild deer.

    Sign at Ardtoe! Friendly campsite ducks.... Giant jellyfish on the campsite beach.... Deer near Shielfoot
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Ardtoe Warnings and Dangers

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    by nickandchris Updated Aug 8, 2009

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    We neede to keep in touch with my family as dad was in hospital whilst we were on holiday. Be aware there is no mobile signal (Orange) at Ardtoe. Not even out on the water. While out on the bike, we stopped at the nearest phonebox, near Newton with Ardtoe, only to find it didn't work and was due for retirement, about to be taken away. We tried the mobile and low and behold, a signal!!

    I liked the composition of the photo, a lonely phonebox in the depths of the Highlands.

    Lone phonebox, about to be disconnected
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Ardtoe Off The Beaten Path

  • Deserted Beach

    I don't know the name of this beach but it is simply breath taking! We arrived by our little boat, on a clear, calm day. We beached the boat and had a wander, planting what we felt were the first ever footsteps in the soft sand. We felt like Robinson Crusoes!!At the end we landed were rocks and pools, in the opposite direction the sand dunes and...

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  • Arivegaig and Kentra Bay

    We had tried to get to Arivegaig a few times but work on the road had been taking place and it had not been passable. Finally, we made it on the motorbike!The road ends in a small carpark where a walk to Singing Sands starts. This is another beautiful sandy beach, only access is the path or by sea. We never made it by either means but didn't feel...

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