Ardnamurchan is located in Lochaber region of the Highlands.

The name Ardnamurchan is Gaelic for 'headland of the great seas', named for the fact that the peninsula juts out into the Atlantic Ocean.

The population of the peninsula of Ardnamurchan is around 2000.

Corrachadh Mòr is the most westerly location on the British mainland, and Ardnamurchan Point is the second most westerly location.

Loch Sunart is the longest sea loch in the Highland area.

A local legend says that there are no swans on Loch Sunart because a Celtic chieftain’s mother turned his love interest into a swan and the chieftain killed the swan by mistake. When he realised what he had done, he killed himself and joined his lover at the bottom of the loch. This made living swans wary of entering the loch.

19.3% of the population of Ardnamurchan can speak Gaelic, the highest percentage in the UK mainland.

According to his cousin Adomnán (who was the abbot of Iona Abbey), St Columba visited the peninsula of Ardnamurchan in the 6th century.

According to Adomnán’s account, Ardnamurchan was populated by Irish Gaels during the 6th century.

A Viking ship was unearthed in Ardnamurchan in 2011. Amongst the treasures found in it, there was an axe, sword, spear, and some pottery.

Bullets used in the Napoleonic Wars were made from lead mined in Strontian.

The 19th century poet John MacLachlan lived in Ardnamurchan, and many other famous Gaelic poets have also lived there.

The village of Salen was used by the military for special forces training during World War II.


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