Welcome to Lochalsh, a region of awesome beauty, spectacular mountain ranges, steep-sided glens, picturesque fishing villages, traditional culture, wonderful food and a relaxed attitude to life.
As you enter Lochalsh from the south you will pass The Cluanie Inn, a stopping place for many famous mountaineers. For the experienced walker this is the first of many “wild country” walking areas in Lochalsh.
Approaching Glen Shiel, the site of a famous Jacobite battle, view the magnificent Five Sisters of Kintail and visit the National Trust for Scotland Ranger Station at Morvich to find out about guided walks in the area.
Take the old drovers’ road to Glenelg where you can catch a ferry to the Isle of Skye (summer only). There are some less demanding forest walks, Pictish brochs, a military archaeological site, and the site of the house Gavin Maxwell made his home while writing “Ring of Bright Water”. Continue to the end of the road at Arnisdale for the passenger ferry to Knoydart.
Return to Shiel Bridge, turn north and travel on to Dornie to visit the famous Eilean Donan Castle, seat of the MacRae Clan. Lochs Long, Alsh and Duich are a Marine Special Area of Conservation where rare marine life thrives on the reefs. Do not miss the National Trust for Scotland Balmacara Woodland Gardens and Square.
Kyle of Lochalsh is the largest village in Lochalsh and has the most amenities, including a leisure centre, boat trips, fantastic views of the Skye Bridge and the Cuillin Range. The Kyle Tourist Information Centre will advise you on local attractions.
From Kyle, the coastal road north passes through traditional crofting villages – do not miss the Highland cattle grazing at Duirinish. Take a boat trip at Plockton or stroll through the picturesque village – location of a tv series – maybe dropping in at an art gallery or craft shop. On summer evenings there are often traditional music sessions to enjoy. Visit a rare breeds farm at Craig and take in the panoramic views of Loch Carron and Applecross from the woodland walks at Strome ferry.
Why not give the car a break and take a train journey to or from Kyle of Lochalsh with its spectacular loch views, and experience one of Michael Palin’s "Great Train Journeys of the World".