particularly rugged area of the western Highlands, red sandstone
peaks rise above a landscape of moors and hundreds of lochs.
Several nature reserves protect the area's wildlife and terrain.
Traditional ways of life are retained in the crofting and fishing
villages that lie along the shores of the sea lochs. Warm currents
of the North Atlantic Drift allow exotic plants to flourish.
Boat trips around Summer Isles available from here. Hydroponicum,
experimental garden without soil, open to visitors. Smokehouse
by the sea has a viewing gallery for watching fish curing.
St Maelrubha built a monastery on this bay in AD 672, declaring
it a sanctuary for all fugitives. Until new road was built in
1970s, one of the most inaccessible areas of mainland Britain.
Three-storey tower ruin on shore of Loch Assynt, built 1597
for MacLeods of Assynt. Marquis of Montrose fled here but was
betrayed by Neil MacLeod and taken to Edinburgh for execution.
This 'Pass of the Cattle', an old drovers' road, was only road
to Applecross until 1970s. It leads from Loch Kishorn through
ascending hairpin bends and skirts steep precipices on its way. Bealach na Ba.
Eighe National Nature Reserve
Britain's first national
nature reserve (1951). It covers some 10,000 acres of mountain,
moor-land and forest, including the 3188f1 Beinn Eighe. On one
side, jagged peaks rise from the surrounding terrain; on the
other, gentler slopes with woodland lead down to Loch Maree.
Aultroy Cottage Visitor Centre located on A832 north of Kinlochewe. Beinn Eighe.
Suspension bridge spans gorge 200ft above river. River runs
a mile down rocky chasm to plunge over 150ft Falls of Measach.
Cottages of Lower Diabaig group around Loch Diabaig, rocky cliffs
rise straight up from shore. Exhilarating road along northern
side of Upper Loch Torridon.
Village at south-east end of Little Loch Broom is the ideal
starting point for exploring remote mountain scenery here. Streams
tumble into head of loch from heights of An Teallach, 3,484ft.
Nearby is Loch Toll an Lochain, 2,000ft above sea level.
Iron Age fortress on isolated ridge along Loch Broom. Rocks
vitrified when its timber walls burnt down.
a Chual Aluinn Falls
Glas Bheinn peak is source for 658ft falls, longest fall in
Britain. Easily seen by regular boat trips on Loch Glencoul.
Sandy beaches backed by empty moorland and distant mountains.
Narrow switchback road that skirts bay gives views.
Village at head of Loch Gairloch has quarter mile of safe, sandy
beach where windsurfing and sailing are popular. Boats for hire. Gairloch.
Road along bay's western shore passes ruined chapel built where
St Columba supposedly founded a church. Bay best viewed from
atop Gruinard Hill. Gruinard Bay.
Village at head of Loch Assynt, near 3273ft Ben More Assynt.
Nature reserve has wildcats, red deer and limestone caves, where
prehistoric animal bones have been found. Salmon and trout fishing
Northern headland garden started by Osgood Mackenzie in 1862.
North Atlantic Drift allows exotic shrubs, trees and bamboos
National Nature Reserve
Over 26,000 acres of bog, moorland and woodland with sandstone
peaks of Cul Mor, Cul Beag and Stac Pollaidh. Loch Sionascaig
has good fishing. Information centre and carpark in Knockan.
Town at Loch Maree is popular centre for walkers, climbers and
anglers. Area dominated by Slioch, 'the spear', 3217f1.
Sea loch dotted with islands. Strome Castle, overlooking loch,
blown up during 1603 clan feud. Nearby town of Lochcarron known
for its ties and tartans.
Broad sea loch where ships assembled fur North Atlantic convoys
during World War II. A number of pillboxes and gun emplacements
still survive. Loch fishing, sea-angling boats for hire.
Whitewashed fishing village at head of Loch Inver. Suilven,
2399ft high, stands in Glencanisp Forest 4 miles south-east.
Loch with many islands set amid mountainous terrain. Isle Maree
was thought to be home to Celtic god Mourie. Later, St Maelrubha
established hermitage there, eventually replaced by chapel.
Slioch peak at south-eastern end. Gairloch and Ullapool, Loch Maree...
River Oykel flows down slopes of Ben More Assynt and through
ice-gouged valley to Oykel Bridge. Single hotel stands by road
nearby. Bridge just east of waterfall.
Plockton is located in a picturesque setting on the shores of Loch Carron. It faces east, away from the prevailing winds, which together with the North Atlantic Drift gives it a mild climate. Most of the houses date from the 18th and 19th centuries. It was a planned community based on fishing in an attempt to stem the tide of emigration from the Highlands. Plockton.
Village lies between Loch Ewe and Loch Maree. River Ewe, joining
lochs, flows through village. Boats for hire, walks along Loch
Maree's wooded banks, loch and river fishing.
Peninsula ending in headland of Rubha Reidh extends north from
Gairloch into the Minch. Ocean views from lighthouse at tip
of promontory. Road over moors to Melvaig passes ruined cottages.
Village founded by Admiralty in 1800 when Britain was short
of seamen. Intended as 'nursery' for Royal Navy, grants were
offered to entice people to live there. Roads from village provide
views of Highlands. Shieldaig.
Crofting, fishing villages line each side of peninsula. Safe
white sands at Achmelvich Bay and Bay of Clachioll. Road along
peninsula ends at lighthouse on sandstone cliff. Walk to Point
of Stoer along cliffs with nesting birds.
A890 leads along Loch Carron, up steep grades and down into
South Strome Forest. Viewpoint over loch and Stromeferry near
forest. Forest walk from Stromeferry to lochside viewpoints.
Seen from east or west, 2399ft Suilven appears cone-shaped;
from elsewhere it reveals three separate peaks. Unstable cliff
faces make it a dangerous climb.
Islands were once lived on by fishermen, but herring shoals
diminished, leaving just one isle currently inhabited. They
can be visited by boat from Ullapool or from Achiltibuie.
Torridon, owned by National Trust for Scotland, has visitor
centre giving introduction to walks through area of red-sandstone
peaks. Wildlife from red deer to pygmy shrew.
Planned town developed by British Fisheries Society for local
herring industry, founded 1788. Lochbroom Highland Museum houses
some local artefacts in one of the original town buildings.
Boat trips to Summer Isles, sea and river angling available. Ullapool.
Small crofting hamlets dot sea loch's shore. Waters from Loch
Damh to south drop down to Upper Loch Torridon through Falls
Waterfall near Slattadale on Loch Maree. Named after visit to
loch by Queen Victoria in 1877.
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