Walking

There are many wonderful walks on the Ardnamurchan peninsula and in the surrounding areas which take in the spectacular scenery. The websites Wild Lochaber, Walk Highlands and Ardnamurchan.com have descriptions of many notable walks and well worth visiting to plan your holiday itinerary.

Below are a few walks which we have tried and enjoyed; a full list of walks will be described in the information folder at Allt Fearn.

A short stroll from the house takes you down to the shore and a track which runs along Laga Bay. Seals, otters, birds of prey and seabirds can all be spotted on this walk

Also from the door is an uphill track, on the left just over the Allt Mor burn bridge, which follows the lower slopes of Ben Laga leading to Loch Laga taking in the spectacular views of Loch Sunart and Carna Island along the way. For a longer walk take a map and cut up hill to the top of Ben Laga or continue along the track which subsequently joins a track from Glenborrodale and continues to Acharacle around 7miles away.

 

laga bay
laga bay
loch sunart from laga

In Salen enjoy two short waymarked walks, the Alphabet Trail with its sheltered lochan and information about native trees and the Salen Oakwoods which takes you along woodland paths with lovely views of Loch Sunart.

A couple of miles along the road to Strontian brings you to The Bay of Flies (Sailean nan Cuileag), again a circular waymarked route of around a mile down to the lovely coastal scenery ideal for spotting otters and seabirds.

Past Resipole and further along the road to Strontian is the Garbh Eilean Wildlife Walk. This is around a mile, there and back, on gravelled paths with a viewpoint at one end, a detour to the shoreline and a wildlife spotting hide at the other.

For longer walks visit the community woodland, the fairy walk and the Ariundle Oakwoods near Strontian. The Ariundle Oakwoods were made a National Nature Reserve in the 1960’s and has some lovely walks through the woods and hills.  The Reserve has an interesting historical association with the lead mines and is a fine example of ancient coastal Atlantic oakwood and is recognised for a huge diversity of ferns.

Back to Laga and Glenborrodale, the Glenborrodale RSPB Nature Trail is a lovely walk ascending through mixed oak woods to the  heathland above. The path has a couple of  steep ascents and descents, with the occasional muddy section, making this trail a little more challenging and good footwear will be required at any time of year.

5 miles to the west of Allt Fearn, on the road to Kilchoan is the beach of Camas nan Geall and the deserted village Bourblaige. There is a track from the carpark and view point down to the beach of Camus nan geall along which you will also pass a burial ground, chambered cairn and a standing stone. Taking a westerly direction along the shingle foreshore there is then a route up to the ruins. A map will be necessary to find Blourbaige and the Ardnamurchan History and Heritage Association gives a very interesting description of these ruins and many others on the penninsula.

 

camus nan gheal
Sanna Bay

This fantastic walk from Portuairk to to the beautiful white sandy beaches of Sanna bay is a must, following the coast with the option of extending it to the hills beyond the dunes.  The walk affords amazing views of Ardnamurchan Point and the Small Isles, as well as providing the opportunity to explore species rich machair grassland, which is a riot of colour through late Spring and Summer. A great place for Otter spotting, botanising, beachcombing and marvelling at the beauty of Sanna Bay. A detailed description of the walk can be found on the wildlochaber website

If you preference is for hillwalking then Ben Hiant, Ben Resipole, Sgurr Dhomhnuill and  Rois-bheinn (both Corbetts) are all within easy access. Ben Hiant is not a difficult ascent and routes to all the tops are available on the walk highlands website