WHICH AREA SHOULD I STAY IN ARDNAMURCHAN?
The main village in the peninsula of Ardnamurchan is Kilchoan. It’s a charming little place that is home to about 150 people. It’s also the most westerly village on the British mainland. If you’re interested in visiting Staffa, the Treshnish Isles, or the Isle of Mull it might be worth staying here, as it has boat trips going to all of these locations.
The village of Salen is also on the Ardnamurchan peninsula, not to be confused with the town of the same name on the neighbouring Isle of Mull. The Gaelic word Sàilean means ‘small inlet’, and the town has this name because it lies on an inlet of Loch Sunart. You’ll find most forms of accommodation here, including hotels and B&Bs.
Strontian is the main village in Sunart. It lies at the northern end of Loch Sunart. It’s main claim to fame is that the element strontium was discovered here. It’s a very small village, but does have a licensed local shop with a cash machine, tourist information office, and a few other basic amenities.
If you like somewhere with a bit more life to it, the town of Acharacle might suit you. It’s located in the Moidart district and it lies on the western shore of Loch Shiel, giving you magnificent loch-side views. It has a population of around 300, and there are quite a few shops here, including a grocery store, fish and chip shop, restaurant, and bakery. Due to this, self-service accommodation is a good option here, but you can also find B&Bs and hotels here as well.