Although strictly speaking the name Ardnamurchan refers only to the peninsula, it has come to be used as a term for the lands around it as well, including the districts of Morvern, Sunart, Ardgour, and Moidart. These generally contain very small towns and villages. However, there are also accommodation options located outside of villages. Many travellers choose to stay in isolated self-service cottages.
Ardnamurchan is remote, unspoilt and beautiful and forms part of the Lochaber area of the Highlands. Along with Morvern, Sunart and Moidart it forms a peninsula with truly picturesque views of wilderness, lochs, beaches, castles and islands. There are self-catering cottages, lodges and bothies dotted around remote areas, some family homes with rooms to let, B&Bs, hotels and even a castle that you can choose to stay in.
WHAT’S THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT ARDNAMURCHAN?
The weather is an important factor to consider when visiting Ardnamurchan:
Spring generally has mild weather, with some sunny and some wet days.
The wild spring flowers are in full bloom during this season, and much of the areas wildlife is also on show.
If weather was the only factor, summer may be the best time to visit. However, unfortunately it’s also the busiest.
By autumn the peak season has past, and the weather is still quite warm early in the season. The oak forests look very appealing in autumn colours.
Winter has short days and cool weather, but it rarely snows. If you want to fully experience the scenery, it’s best not to come during this season.
HOW DO I GET TO ARDNAMURCHAN?
Take the five-minute journey across Loch Linnhe on the Corran ferry, just south of Fort William.
This will take you to Ardgour. From there take the A861 to Salen.
Turn left and you’ll find the road to the Ardnamurchan peninsula.
WHERE TO EAT ON ARDNAMURCHAN?
There are a few shops in Ardshealach that sell local produce like fish, meat, vegetables, and preserves. Some highlights are ‘Ardshealach Smokehouse’ in Glenuig (in the Moidart district), and ‘Salen Jetty Shop’ in Acharacle. if you’re staying in a self-catering cottage, you can buy fresh ingredients from here and cook yourself a fantastic meal.
Most restaurants in the area mainly serve fish and seafood dishes. However, if you don’t feel like fish, Kilchoan’s ‘Sanna Spice’ is a fantastic takeaway curry restaurant that is well loved by the locals.
CAN I CAMP IN ARDNAMURCHAN?
Kilchoan is the main place to stay if you want to camp. ‘Ardnamurchan Campsite’ and ‘Lochan nan al Campsite’ are both located here. Wild camping is also an option, but make sure that you choose a suitable location and that you follow the ‘Outdoor Access Code’.