Loch Sunart Travel Guide

  • Ardnamurchan Views
    Ardnamurchan Views
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  • View at Kilchoan
    View at Kilchoan
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  • Loch Sunart
    Loch Sunart
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Loch Sunart Things to Do

  • Sandy Beaches

    At the western end of Arnamurchan there are some beautiful sandy beaches, especially around Sanna. Unfortunately we missed Sanna and went to Portuairk, showing a beach and car park. It was a most spectacular beach but being in the motorhome we couldn't find anywhere suitable to park. I think possibly Sanna would have been a better bet. It is always...

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  • Acharacle

    Acharacle is a tiny village north of Loch Sunart with a shop and a pub. It is at the very western end of inland Loch Shiel. There are also public toilets here and a small car park. From the pub a road leads down to the loch and a small jetty.

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  • Castle at Kilchoan (Mungary)

    There are the ruins of a castle on the far side of the bay at Kilchoan. We arrived by boat and climbed up to it. Disappointingly most of it was fenced off as it was deemed unsafe for exploring. There were a couple of dead cannons lying around and the views were lovely.

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Loch Sunart Nightlife

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    by nickandchris Updated Jul 14, 2005

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    In the evenings we would don our midge hats and take to the water. The lake would be like a mill pond and the light was exactly right to spot seals popping up around you. Being naturally inquisitive and social creatures they would appear quite close to the boat. I could quite happily spend hours watching these wonderful creatures.
    The rest of the family became a little bored with me always searching for wild-life!!!!

    Dress Code: Anything, so long as you have a midge hat on. You wouldn't last 20 seconds as you launched the boat before you would be eaten alive!!! Once on the lake, the midges dispersed.

    Seal watching on loch Sunart
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    • Sailing and Boating
    • Beaches
    • Whale Watching

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Loch Sunart Transportation

  • Access to Ardnamurchan

    The Corran ferry at Corran gives you access to the Ardnamurchan peninsula at Ardgour. It is the only viable route and takes five mins to cross the straits on Loch Linnhe. Cost about £6 for the motorhome.

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  • Ferry to Mull

    Ferries depart from Kilchoan for Tobermory on Mull every couple of hours, 25th March to 22nd Oct. When we were there, the first ferry appeared to be around 8 am. and the last one arrived around 7.40pm. It is a vehicle service, though there never appeared to be many using the service. I think a few people parked up at Kilchoan and boarded the...

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  • Price of Petrol

    The only petrol available at the western end of Ardnamurchan was at an end of the line village called, I think, Ormsaigmore. There was also a Mace shop. Well, you can imagine the prices. We really had no option but to shop and buy petrol here. It turned out a couple of weeks after we had returned home this place was on National news as the most...

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Loch Sunart What to Pack

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    by nickandchris Written Jul 13, 2005

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Shoes for paddling/swimming as the loch is stony and weedy.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Lots of super strong insect repellent. Avon Skin-So-Soft is supposed to work a treat. I just found the blighters stuck to it on your skin.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Midge hats with netting long enough to tuck into the top of your shirt are an absolute essential.

    Miscellaneous: Mosquito coils, candles etc. though once the midges have arrived in force, you don't stand a chance. You just feel as though you have tried your best in coping with them.

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    • Adventure Travel
    • Family Travel
    • Camping

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Loch Sunart Off The Beaten Path

  • South Side of Loch Sunart

    There is only a tiny part of the south side of the loch accessible by road.This is either via Strontian or driving northwards from Lochaline to Liddesdale. The latter route gives you good views from higher ground before you descend into woodland.

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  • River Shiel

    From Acharacle cross the River Shiel and follow the river (road on the right). it's a lovely wooded road that eventually takes you to a car park on a large, muddy bay. There is a little jetty and footpaths. The tide was right out, exposing a huge expanse of mud. Over to the right is a castle on an island, in a state of decay. It's all very...

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  • Scottish Views

    The trip to the lighthouse is not only educational but it gives you the oppurtunity to sample the fantastic views around the coast and to Skye and Rum. There is plenty of parking so park and wander around. I'm sure there is plenty of scope for walking, here.

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