Things to do in West Coast Scotland
One of the best Small Luxury Hotels in Scotland, Kilcamb Lodge sits peacefully on the shores of Loch Sunart in 22 acres of unspoiled meadow and woodland. You'll get a tingle of excitement when you cross the ferry to Ardnamurchan, an unspoilt Highland idyll on the most western peninsula in Britain and gateway to a myriad of wonderful Hebredian Islands.
Kilcamb Lodge Hotel has been awarded 4 stars and 2 AA Rosettes for delicious and accomplished food. It stands quietly on the shores of Loch Sunart on the outskirts of the village of Strontian and from here you can sample the delights of the area including the islands of Mull, Eigg, Rum, Muck, Staffa, Coll and Tiree as well as the delightful Moydart Morvern and Ardnamurchan Peninsula fondly described as "almost an island" because it is surrounded by water on three sides. All the small isles are an easy drive or day trip away. There is so much to do and see, you'll want to return time and time again.
Rugged Mountain Bikes - Ready & Waiting for Your Arrival
The cycle trails on Ardnamurchan take you to amazing places you would struggle to reach on foot. This is where you and the wonderful nature, scenery and wildlife of Ardnamurchan become one. A Magical experience and hardly a road in sight. We can have your bikes ready and waiting for you here at the hotel with maps and guides for all the interesting places you’ll want to see. Simply pre book with us a few days in advance of your arrival, giving us your height so that we can be sure to get the right bike “to fit”, then simply leave the rest to us..
Your Bikes come fully insured, with helmet, tyre pump, spare inner tube and lock and with a soft or firm saddle option!! - all you have to do is jump on an go...Prices from £23.00 per day
If you prefer to collect your bikes, just click on the link for all the information you need:
Voted one of the top 10 Railway Journeys in the World!
The Jacobite Steam Train runs from Monday 12th May – Friday 24th October 2014
The service will run Mondays to Fridays throughout, and Saturdays & Sundays, 21st June to 21st September 2014. The afternoon service runs Monday to Friday (2nd June to 29th August 2014).
This 84 mile round trip takes you past a list of impressive extremes. Starting near the highest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis, it visits Britain’s most westerly mainland railway station, Arisaig; passes close by the deepest freshwater loch in Britain, Loch Morar and the shortest river in Britain, River Morar, finally arriving next to the deepest seawater loch in Europe, Loch Nevis!
The train stops en route to Mallaig at the village of Glenfinnan and the amazinf and famous Viadict used in the Harry Potter filming. Beyond Glenfinnan are the beautiful villages of Lochailort, Arisaig, Morar and Mallaig. You may alight at Arisaig by request to the guard. From here, on a clear summer’s day, you can see the “Small Isles” of Rum, Eigg, Muck, Canna and the southern tip of Skye. The train continues on from here passing Morar and the silvery beaches used in the films “Highlander” and “Local Hero”. Once in Mallaig you have 2 hours to explore or simply enjoy a great seafood lunch before returning home in the afternoon.
All the information you need is here... http://www.westcoastrailways.co.uk/
Or let us know and we will book your ticket for this unforgettable and world famous trip.
Boats For All Occasions
Ardnamurchan Charters www.west-scotland-marine.com
All the boats you need for all the trips and days out you could wish for. We can make a booking for you from the hotel or you can just click on this link to see their wonderful Otter video and the range of trips they offer. Just a short drive from Kilcamb Lodge Ardnamurchan Charters offer everything from boat trips to the inner Isles to a days fishing on Loch Sunart in your own self drive boat.
Seaxplorer – Fastboat Wildlife Adventures www.seaxplorer.co.uk
Amazing wildlife adventure tours from Glencoe & Fort William around Glencoe, Loch Leven & Loch Linnhe. See Eagles, Seals, Otters, Porpoises, Wild Goats, Deer and wealth of Wild Birds or various fishing trips
Unique guided Cruises on the stunning sheltered inland waters of Loch Shiel. Loch Shiel is one of the Scotland’s largest inland freshwater loch and is regarded as one of the few remaining areas of true wilderness.
Sea Kayaking www.rockhopperscotland.co.uk
Sea kayaking is a fantastic way to explore the Scottish Coastline and truly exhilarating form of travel. The area around Fort William is rich in wildlife and you may be lucky enough to encounter seals, otters, basking sharks and variety of coastal birds. Join for half, full or overnight trip. Discover otherwise inaccessible areas and experience stunning natural beauty and wildlife in its own habitat.
Amazing Wildlife and all on our Doorstep
Here are just some of the best trips and people to meet...
Puffins & Whale Watching
A fantastic day out and a "must do" trip showcasing some iconic and not to be missed sights in the waters off the West coast of Scotland. All are easily completed in a one day boat trip which will take your breath away.
Puffins are some of the most tame and adorable species of Scottish birds and they are plentiful on Staffa from May to July. You can sit amongst them and enjoy their endeering antics off the cliffs of Staffa. Staffa is also the rock which houses the famous “Fingals Cave” The inspiration for the wonderful Mendelssohn overture written in 1829. Basking Sharks are the largest of all the shark species but completely harmless, feeding on plankton which they filter through their ever open mouths as they swim along. They can easily be sighted on both outward and return journeys on this magical trip.
For more information click : www.staffatours.com
If you are looking for Otters, then Andy Jackson is the man to see. He has a wonderful video of one of his nature "otter spotting" trips and is something of an expert on their habits and more importantly their whereabouts!!
For contacts and details Click www.west-scotland-marine.com
If you are lucky, you may get a sighting at the Wildlife hide just 20 minutes from Kilcamb. Many sightings have been logged but its a nice wee walk as well!
For more information Click http://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/visit/garbh-eilean-wildlife-hide
We also see otters regularly at Kilcamb Lodge, as well as Pine Martens and Stags and even Golden Eagles so be sure to keep a watchfull eye open at all times!!
The Climb of your life is just a stones throw from our door...
BEN NEVIS – BRITAINS TALLEST MOUNTAIN
AT JUST 25 MILES FROM Kilcamb Lodge, Ben Nevis is an easy day trip and a fantastic climb (1344metres - 4,409 feet). You can climb the mountain (hard going) and it will take the whole day or you can walk the famous beautiful glen (easy going) both are delightful and will make a memorable day out.
Take a trip on the UK’s only mountain gondola on the mountain of Aonach Mor in the same range as Ben Nevis in the midst of some of the world’s most beautiful and ancient landscapes.
Beinn Resipol (Ardnamurchan)
Top 5 Beaches on Ardnamurchan and more...
Of all the walks on Ardnamurchan the Beach walk is by far the most popular. It is very hard to pick a favourite as there are so many stunningly beautiful white sandy beaches but here are just a few - all dog friendly (but please watch out for sheep & Ground nesting birds) - and all stunningly beautiful beyond your wildest dreams - the only footprints in the sand will be yours so envelope yourself in the unsurpassed peace an beauty of this wild and wonderful area.
Dip your toes in the cold and clear waters and don't forget to drag yourself away in time for dinner!
1) Ardtoe (photo) (No 3)
2) Camus nan Geall (No 5)
3) Singings Sands (6)
4) Portuaik to Sanna (8)
5 Sanna (9)
Click for further information and to find the location of all the above and more, including maps and guided walks: http://www.moidart.com/things-to-do/beaches
Mull, Tobermory and Iona - a Great day out and so much to see
Just 35 minutes from the hotel and a short ferry crossing from Lochaline are the Islands of Mull and its small sister island Iona.
Is a tiny and beautiful Hebridean island off the west coast of Scotland, cradle of Christianity in Scotland, where in 563AD the Irish monk Columba (Columkille) established a monastic settlement that evangelised large parts of Scotland and the north of England and became an important centre of European Christianity. In the Middle Ages it became the site of a Benedictine abbey, and over the centuries it has attracted many thousands of people on their own pilgrim journeys.
Iona remains a centre for pilgrimage and tourism; the daily services of the Iona Community in the Abbey church and worship elsewhere on the island are open to all; many visitors come again and again. There is a year-round population of over 100; long-established island families as well as more recent arrivals, including those who work for the Iona Community in its centres as staff or volunteers. The abbey is now managed by Historic Scotland; the Iona Community remains in residence as a living, worshipping presence. The islanders, the Iona Community and Historic Scotland work together to maintain Iona as a place of welcome.
Tobermory is probably one of the most famous villages in Scotland, and now even in the world made famous by Balamory, the well known children’s program in the 90’s
Take the foot ferry from Kilchoan or cross via Lochaline for a great day out. Try Café Fish for seriously fresh seafood lunches – hand made chocolates – Hand made silver – Tobermory distillery plus a wee taster!! and of course boat trips.
A great day out with or without the car.
There is a great deal to do on Mull and all easily accessible from Kilcamb Lodge but for a taste - click on the link below.
A Stunning & Scenic Days Golf...
Don't leave the Golf Clubs Behind!!!
1) Traigh Golf Course (9 holes)
It would be hard to imagine a more beautifully located Golf Course or one with more spectacular views than Traigh Golf Course. Set in one of the most beautiful parts of the West Highlands of Scotland, just north of Arisaig. It may not be an 18 hole course, but what it lacks in size it certainly makes up for in beauty - and it also presents the golfer with a challenging course.
The course is based on a line of grassy hills, with the springy turf of a true links course. It is a nine hole course, par 68, SSS 65. Traigh is a subtle golf course that rewards accurate shotmaking. Good players are made to work for their scores, and yet high handicappers are given every chance. In short, Traigh offers something for everyone.
Maintained to the highest standard, Traigh presents the golfer with all the traditional challenges of a classic seaside links and just a short drive from our door at Kilcamb Lodge.
For all the information you need click:
2) Fort William Golf Course (18 holes)
Just a short drive from Kilcamb Lodge across the Corran Ferry you will find the spectacular Fort William Golf Club, sitting under the shadow of the great Ben Nevis, where visitors are always welcome. Greens fees – just £25 per round or £30 for a day ticket, golf in Scotland’s mountain splendour!!
For more information click: http://www.fortwilliamgolfclub.co.uk/
3) Dragons Tooth Golf Course Ballachulish - Fort William
Welcome to "The Dragon's Tooth Golf Course" and "The Cabin" - the cosy club house at the heart of this remarkable West Coast discovery in Ballachulish near Fort William. The Course is open daylight hours, every day of the year.
Golfers of all abilities find a real welcome - first time golfers, complete amateurs and "early adopters" are as 'at home' here as seasoned experts
The 18 tee, 9 hole Dragon's Tooth Golf Course at Ballachulish is located on an undulating, tree-lined estate at the entrance to mighty Glencoe, just south of Fort William. Wide sweeps of grassland drop down to almost touch the loch. Panoramas from each of the challenging holes are breathtaking and the quality of the fairways matches mightier courses in Scotland. If you are in the Highlands of Scotland looking for golf near Fort William or Oban, this course is conventient to get to and a treasure to play
Green Fees - 9 HOLES
VISITORS - Adult - £18.50; Senior - £16.50; Junior (16 and under) - £9.50
Green Fees 18 HOLES
VISITORS - Adult - £23.50; Senior - £19.50; Junior (16 and under) - £14.50
Further information click: http://www.dragonstooth.co.uk/
Where to go for the best fishing near to Kilcamb Lodge
Plan in advance to be sure to get the fishing you want when you want. All the information and contacts you need are here.
For fishing on the rivers Strontian, Polloch & Carnoch. All of these rivers have a number of accessible pools. Fishing is also available on Loch Doilet, a medium sized loch situated in the lower end of Glen Hurich in an attractive quiet mountain setting, fishing here is by boat only.
The fishing season runs from the 1st June to the 30th September. Salmon, Sea-Trout and Brown Trout are to be found, catch and release is currently in operation and Daily & Weekly Permits are available. The Association currently has three boats available for hire.
Permits for all Fishing, Boat hire, advance bookings and information available from: Mr Peter Madden, Tel: 01967 402265 or Mr A MacIntyre, Tel: 01967 402424.
Permits are available from Strontian Post Office and Strontian Village Shop. Or click in this link for all the information you need. http://www.sunartcommunitycompany.org.uk/fishing.html
Fly fishing only is permitted on the two rivers and 16 lochs on the estate. Boats are available for hire on the three biggest lochs. Telephone the estate office on (01967) 421288 for availability and to arrange permits.
Acharacle and Moidart
The River Shiel is let on a weekly basis – by arrangement (01967) 431618. There is no bank fishing on Loch Shiel. Boat and Rod Licences can be obtained from Out of Doors Shop in Acharacle, telephone 01967 431634. Loch Blain licences also available here.
Kinlochmoidart Estate own the lochs and the river which provides good sport when in spate. Licences and directions are available from Kinlochmoidart House. (01967) 431609.
Fishing & coaching (all disciplines)
Fishing is available on the Ardnamurchan Estate Lochs Mudle and Mhadaidh from March until October, rowing boats for use on Loch Mudle may be hired from the Estate. Permits are available from Kilchoan Community Centre, Kilchoan Ferry Stores, Kilchoan House Hotel Ardnamurchan Natural History Centre and Out of Doors, Acharacle. Further information is available from Mr Hugh MacLachlan, Telephone No. 01972 510387 or from the Ardnamurchan Estate Telephone 01972 510208.
If you require coaching or equipment hire you can contact: Nick Peake, Moss Acharacle Telephone 01967 431810
Shoreline, small boat hire or sea going charter provide a full range of sea fishing, covering around 20 species and including mackerel, cod, pollock and wrasse.
Shoreline fishing from the rocks along Loch Sunart is free as is fishing from Kilchoan pier. Fishing is not permitted from the fish farm jetties.
16’ self drive outboard boats are available from http://www.west-scotland-marine.com/, Laga Bay.
Ardnamurchan Charters mainly specialise in charter trips aboard the 32' sea going Laurenca II. Radar, sonar and fish finding gadgetry are backed up by experienced skipper. Trips vary from two hours along along Loch Sunart, to day trips to Mull and Staffa, to a week including areas such as St Kilda.
Details from Andy Jackson (01972) 500208
Welcome to Ardnamurchan Distillery
The Ardnamurchan Distillery opened in July 2014 and for the first time in history Whisky is now being produced (legally) on Ardnamurchan. Its a great afternoon or morning attraction and just a few miles from Kilcamb Lodge.
The distillery has also been given the "HOTTEST NEW EXPERIENCE by Lonely Planet 2015" - Recommended!
The Distillery offers 4 tours:
Tour and Tasting
£7.00 per person
Premium Tour and Tasting
£12.00 per person
Connoisseur's Tour and Tasting
£25.00 per person
Manager's Tour and Tasting
£40.00 per person
Gifts and lots, lots more...
Winter Opening to 20th March
Monday-Friday 10.00am to 5.00pm
Closed Saturday & Sunday
For all the information you need: www.ardnamurchandistillery.com
or call 01972500285