Day Trip - Ardnamurchan

A road less travelled. A great (sometimes challenging) route takes you through some amazing countryside crawling along pioneering single track road to a clifftop light house and an amazing sand duned beach overlooking some of the Inner Hebridean Islands.

Starting in Glencoe Village you need to take the A82 north in the Fort William direction.  This road goes past Ballachulish over the Ballachulish bridge past North Ballachulish and through Onich.  About 1km beyond Onich a left turn will take you to the ferry crossing at Corran.  Turn left off the ferry onto the A861.  We always pull off the road for a few minutes having crossed the ferry, this gives any traffic plenty of time to get well ahead of you.

Follow the road along the shores of Loch Linnhe, (you may see some seals on the islands just off the shore) and onto the village of Strontian.  The road narrows further along Loch Sunart towards Salen.  There is a Forestry Commission Nature hide and some short walking trails on the way.  We have seen otters in the kelp across the water from here.

At Salen take the B8007, a smaller road (yes really).  Takes you west again along Loch Sunart through Glenborrodale a new Distillery, Ardnamurchan Natural History Centre to Kilchoan and onto the lighthouse on the clifftops at Ardnamurchan.  There is a small café here and you can buy a ticket to enter the lighthouse.  At this point you are on the most westerly point of the UK mainland and basking sharks can sometimes be seen in the bay on the left below the café.

Back on the crazy little road towards Kilchoan.  A turning on the left about 4 miles from the lighthouse takes you to Sanna.  Sanna is a tiny little community of houses enjoying a remoteness like few other places.

After spending some time here most people start heading back, although having got back to Salen it is possible to extend the journey further by taking the A861 north. 17 miles (the first 6 miles are narrow and winding) takes you to Lochailort where you turn right onto the A830 passing through Glenfinnan, famous for the Harry Potter viaduct and Glenfinnan Monument. Then onto Kinlocheil and Fassfern.  Ben Nevis is clearly visible right ahead from here (weather depending)!

The road continues through Corpach and onto Fort William where taking the A82 South, Glasgow direction will get you back to the Guest House.