It’s all about the views. If you go to Ardnamurchan and Mull and end up staying somewhere without a view, you have to be extremely unlucky! We have included Moidart, Sunart and Morvern as it makes a nice loop!
Breath-taking scenery, beaches with barely a soul, unbelievably scenic lochs and Highland cows. What more could you want! You have to want to immerse yourself in a more relaxed way of life to appreciate everything this area has to offer.
The majority of Ardnamurchan is single track roads and whilst the sign may say 30 miles, it will most likely take you an hour, then add on some to take in the views including Lochailort, Glenuig and Loch Sunart. And not forgetting the crafts shops and galleries that pop up almost out of nowhere!
Kilchoan is the last village on this peninsula and does have a shop, a hotel and a craft shop! The whole area in fact, has a lot on offer for such a small population. There are no end of local fun days and events and the locals welcome visitors as well as neighbours. If you see a hand-written sign by the side of the road that declares “Peggys Garden Tea Party – All Welcome” it means it! Pop along and mingle with the locals.
The tip of Ardnamurchan is the most westerly point on the British Mainland and from here you can whale watch and visit the lighthouse museum and café. Just around the headland are the white sands of Portuiark and Sanna. There are lots of opportunities for walking too, if you don’t mind being off the beaten track. One such walk is the Glendrian Caves and why not try the ringdyke of the volcano which is a good days hike.
Mull can be reached from Kilchoan (or Oban) where you land in the colourful Tobermory (Balamory for those of you with primary aged children!). There is a wonderful selection of shops and the fish and chip van on the Pier has a well deserved reputation.
One of our staff has cycled right around Mull for charity (87 miles, one day = saddle sore) and recommends sightseeing in a car!
As you explore the island you will again be travelling mainly on single track roads, but there are ample opportunities to stop and see the sights. Some of which would include Calgary beach and gallery, Duart Castle, highland cows and the Treshnish Isles.
Some fantastic days out would include the Glengorm Castle walk to the Standing Stones, the fossil tree (at least 60 million years old!), a day trip to Iona and Aros Park. The park offers various woodland walks, fishing, play equipment at various points and see if you can spot the fairy tree with its face in the trunk and its little doors…..
The Isle of Ulva is a car-less, small island just off Mull (1 minute by passenger “ferry”) and the café serves locally caught seafood. There is a black house museum and lots of walking on an island that has been left to develop naturally.