Out and About
Whether you want an active holiday or just a relaxing time, Ardnamurchan has something to offer you.
On the land you can visit some of the many historical sites this area has to offer. From castles and lighthouses to standing stones and mines, we have it all.
If you are coming to Ardnamurchan for the walking there are many stunning and remote paths to take which will suit those wanting a days hiking to those wanting a leisurely stroll. The Sunart Oakwoods initiative has built many all-ability access areas throughout the woods surrounding Salen, including a wildlife hide where you can observe the seals in the Loch or if you are really lucky an otter or two.
The art gallery at Resipole Studios is also worth a visit, exhibitions change regularly and studio space is available for visiting artists. They also run courses for those wishing to learn drawing or painting skills.
There is a newly established company, West Highland Workshops, offering all inclusive workshops in various different crafts and skills from photography and ceramics to bushcraft and geology further details of this can be found at www.westhighlandworkshops.co.uk
For those really wishing to indulge themselves there are a number of alternative therapy practitioners in the area from reflexology and Indian head massage to remedial massage for those who have over done it with the cycling or walking!
The ferry from Kilchoan to Tobermory is just a short drive away. It is well worth a visit to Mull whether you take the car over or just go on foot spending the day discovering the story in Balamory!
On the Lochs
On the water if you are arriving by your own boat, (there is a mooring in Salen Bay for the free use of hotel patrons, please telephone for details of buoy. Alternatively there are visitor moorings available from Salen Jetty, tel: 01967 431510 and speak to Mark or Jan to book) or if you want to hire a boat there is the solution within the area. West Scotland Marine will hire you a boat to self-drive or take you to an area to fish or dive. Alternatively you may want a leisurely cruise up Loch Shiel with Loch Shiel Cruises. The boat leaves Acharacle for a cruise up to Glenfinnan from where a coach will bring you back again.
If you are intending to kayak in the area there are plenty of launch sites nearby, including the jetty in Salen itself.
Cycling is proving ever more popular in the area due to the quiet nature of the roads and the rugged terrain (for those seeking more of a challenge). If you don’t want the trouble of bringing your own bike they are available to hire from either Sunart Cycles in Strontian or Duneira Croft in Kentra.
Ardnamurchan also boasts some stunning white sandy beaches. A visit to Sanna Bay or Singing Sands is well worth it.
Shooting and Fishing
There are opportunities for different types of both these sports in and around Ardnamurchan. Deer stalking and salmon fishing can be arranged through the hotel on the local estates. Some day shooting is available on certain dates throughout the year at the local clay shooting club and fishing other than for salmon is readily available by boat or from the land on the local lochs.
Deer stalking certificate level one courses are also being arranged locally and anyone interested should contact the hotel for details of the next available course.