Places of Interest
There are many places to visit in the local area and further afield but here are just a few.
Ardnamurchan Distillery, Scotland’s greenest distillery, opened in July 2014 and sits on the shores of beautiful Loch Sunart, in what has to be one of the most spectacular locations of any distillery in the country. The distillery welcomes visitors and provides a range of tours explaining the process of producing what is expected to become world-class single malt with a tasting session at the end of the tour. It also has a shop where various whiskies and gifts can be purchased.
Castle Tioram north of Acharacle is a beautiful spot well worth a visit. The ancient fortress of the MacDonalds, Castle Tioram was built in the mid 13th century and extended in the 14th century as a testament to the independent rule of Rough Bounds by the Clanranalds, Lords of the Isles. It is situated in a strategic location on the rocky tidal island of Eilean Tioram at the confluence of Loch Moidart and the River Shiel. Access internally is prohibited due to the unsafe condition of the building.
The Ardnamurchan Lighthouse, on the most westerly point of the Ardnamurchan peninsula, was built in 1845 under the supervision of Alan Stevenson in an elegant Egyptian style, with Egyptian figurines decorating the lamp base. The lighthouse is currently fully operational and automated. The site is managed by the Ardnamurchan Lighthouse Trust and supports a tea room, shop and exhibition centre. There is also opportunity to climb the lighthouse itself.
A day trip out to Tobermory on the ferry as a foot passenger from Kilchoan is an ideal way to while away a day. Spotting wildlife from the ferry and enjoying Tobermory’s shops and eating places. It was built as a fishing port in the late 18th century and is now the main town on Mull. It is a delightful place with the brightly painted buildings along the main street to the pier and the high woodland-fringed hills surrounding the bay. The harbour is always busy with fishing boats and yachts
A trip to the Glenfinnan Monument and viaduct is well worth a visit maybe en-route to Fort William. It is a moving tribute to those who died fighting the Jacobite cause. Situated at the head of Loch Shiel and framed by dramatic Highland scenery, it was erected in 1815 to mark the place where Prince Charles Edward Stuart (“Bonnie Prince Charlie”) raised his standard, at the beginning of the 1745 Jacobite Rising. It is owned by the National Trust for Scotland and has a cafe, shop and information centre with the full story of the 1745 uprising to enhance your visit. The ticket price includes a dizzying climb up the tower for an unrivalled Loch Shiel panorama.
On the nearby west highland railway line is the 21 span viaduct, built in 1901. It was one of the first in the world to be built from concrete and carries the Fort William to Mallaig steam train,otherwise known as the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter movies. This train crosses the viaduct 4 times a day in summer months so if you time your visit wisely you will probably see it. Alternatively you could book a trip from Fort William to Mallaig on the Jacobite Steam Train . Other Harry Potter film locations nearby include the island where the Triwizard Tournament was held.