The Fort William and Lochaber area of the West Highlands contains some of Scotland’s finest scenery and is rightly known as the “outdoor capital of the UK”. Ardnamurchan itself is actually a peninsula, although it feels like escape to an island approached by the short Corran Ferry. Being the most westerly point of the British mainland, it is a lightly populated landscape of beguilingly rugged hills and lochs, with remnants of ancient oak and pine woodland. Braveheart, Rob Roy and Harry Potter were all filmed here.
Ardnamurchan beaches like Sanna Bay, Singing Sands, Ardtoe and Dorlin are recognised as amongst the best in the UK but Ardnastang beach, only 2 miles west of the house, is a well kept secret. Even on a sunny summer’s day, you will often have these beaches to yourself.
Loch Sunart is one of the least spoilt of all the Highland sea lochs and has recently been designated as a Special Area of Conservation.
From Strontian it meanders 20 miles west past Tobermory out towards the Hebridean Islands. The southern shore is mostly free from roads but can be explored on foot or by bike.
The iconic 13thC Castle Tioram in Loch Moidart is nearby and connects to some good walks.
The history and natural history of the area combine to make every day a fascinating exploration for all.
A Strontian self catering cottage is a great base from which to explore the Fort William and Lochaber area.