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...more
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.more
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.
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...more
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...more
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.
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...more