Out and About in Moidart
Just a mile west of Shore Cottage, you can take a walk from the road end down to the partly-restored crofting village of Smirisary, worked until the 1950s. Samalaman House, just beyond the cottage, was a Roman Catholic seminary in earlier times.

To the south is Acharacle village, a centre of the Gaelic language, which is still widely-spoken in these parts. Acharacle is on the shores of Loch Shiel, a seventeen-mile long loch which stretches up to Glenfinnan, where the Pretender raised his standard. The MV Sileas operates cruises on Loch Shiel from both places.

Further south at Salen the road to the east will take you to the Forest Enterprise Hide at Ardery, a must for wildlife lovers, whilst the road to the west goes past the Ardnamurchan Natural History Centre at Glenmore and eventually on to the lighthouse at Ardnamurchan Point, where a museum and shop is open to the public at the westernmost point on the British mainland.

North to Arisaig and beyond - from Arisaig you can take the Shearwater, of Arisaig Marine, out to the Small Isles of Eigg, Muck, Rum and Canna: the boat always stops for whales and porpoise sightings and you will thrill to the clouds of Guillemots, Shearwaters, Puffins and Gannets you'll see on the way. Beyond Arisaig, on the scenic 'old road', you will find sublime white sand beaches and a lovely golf course (at Traigh) - and Mallaig, a busy fishing port, is not to be missed, if you only go there for the fish supper ... Mallaig also has ferries to Skye.

And then there's Fort William, nestling under Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, with beguiling Glen Nevis beside it, and Aonach Mor, with its year-round gondola to a mountain restaurant at 2000 feet.


Tioram Castle, Loch Moidart
Glenfinnan, Loch Shiel
Eigg and Rhum from Glenuig
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