Walking in the Scottish Highlands

Easy to Medium Walks in Ardnamurchan

The Scottish Highlands are a haven for good walks and during the summer there is no better place to be than out on the trails. You can make things as easy or as challenging as you would like of course, and we get visitors of every kind, from casual ramblers through to hiking enthusiasts! A few of our personal current favourite local walking routes are as follows:

Walking Breaks Scotland

Singing sands

So called because of the high proportion of silica within the sand, this tranquil and beautiful beach will - under the right weather conditions and humidity – actually sing for you as you rub your feet or hands on the sand. Rather impressive don’t you think! But the most impressive thing is not the noise but rather the beach itself, a beautiful secluded bay looking out towards Skye and the small isles.

The walk to get to the beach commences just behind Acharacle and involves a scenic and easy 30minute drive from the hotel. Heading out over good marked 4*4 style tracks one zigzags along the coast for the first 30-40minutes of the walk before heading slightly inland through some dense forestry tracks. And then, about 75minutes from the start point and just when you think that the forest will continue forth there is a small sign stating simply and unobtrusively ‘ beach’.

But as anyone who has been to singing sands will tell you, this isn’t just any beach but is rather a true wonder of the west coast. A real gem and well worth the effort to get there!

Highland Cow

The Ariundle woodland circuit

A fun and interesting trail walk which can be made into a long 5 hour walk or a shorter 2 hour walk. The walk commences from and finishes at the hotel and allows one to head into and behind our pretty little village and head off into the wooded valley behind the village.

The walk more or less follows the route of the Strontian river and should you be feeling energetic you can walk right into the heart of the valley and up into the former mining area of Strontian where the element Strontium was discovered. Then as you descend back down past some beautiful and rather ancient woodland you can rest assured that we’ll have the hotel bar and some refreshments waiting for you upon your return.

Glenfinnan Viaduct

Ben Hiant

For those of you who like hill filled hikes this is perfect. Ben Hiant is the highest hill on the western chunk of the Ardnamurchan peninsula and although not that high by highland standards this little mini Corbett offers excellent views around a 360 panorama and rewards those who scale it with fine undisturbed views out to Mull, Skye, the small isles and out west and east across our peninsula.

A 60 minute drive from Kilcamb and a climb time of around 75 minutes and the same back down. On a clear day the summit is a great spot for a picnic and perhaps a wee hilltop dram! Slainte.

 

The staff here are really tremendous. They were very helpful via email in advance of our trip and gave us a very warm welcome on arrival. Then an elderly relative was taken ill whilst staying here and they could not have been more helpful. They handled the situation with great care, tact and kindness. It made a very stressful situation far more bearable. We had just stayed somewhere else in the Highlands where the staff just weren't up to scratch and I had wondered if it was hard to get great staff in this area. Nope, cos here they are. I suspect they're very well trained and looked after. I also noted one of the waiters dealing with some pretty unpleasant customers with great patience and politeness. The location is stunning and so peaceful. You could just sit and look out at the loch all day.

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My boyfriend and I spent two lovely nights at Kilcamb lodge.
It is a beautiful and classy hotel. Friendly staff and excellent food.
I’m vegan and they made a special menu for me. I really appreciated that they gave me so many food options!

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Visited 24/25 August had previously tried to book for a special birthday in April - so glad we decided to try again. Great location, amazing views, tremendous staff, room 5 nice sitting room, bedroom with most comfortable bed, good quality linen and towels, space in bathroom to lay out toiletries, good range of complimentary toiletries.

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There really aren't enough superlatives to describe our four day break at Kilcamb. As ever, the food was extremely good and the room (suite?) was superb, with a view over the loch. Our two Labradors seemed to enjoy themselves, although because of the time of year, we kept them…

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A beautiful location on the shores of Loch Sunart for an historic lodge, brought up to date with fantastic dining and lounge areas. Every single morsel of food I ate during my stay was absolutely delicious!

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Food was amazing, everything was finished. My family and I enjoyed every part of our night, we were celebrating an 85th and 15th birthday. Wine selection was beautiful and service was always right there when you needed it. Thank you again for a wonderful night.

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Visited here for lunch over the Bank Holiday. What a lovely hotel with a brilliant lunch menu. Food was delicious and Staff were brilliant - quietly efficient but very friendly, making sure everything was just right. Definitely considering returning for a few days break in such…

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What a team at Kilcamb! We had the second of our now traditional Sunday lunches in the company of a friend who had particular dietary needs. The kitchen and table staff went out of their way to ensure we all got exactly the meal we each desired. It's easy to see why this hotel has three AA rosettes for its food. The three course Sunday lunch at £25 a head is unbeatable for both quality and value!

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We stayed 3 nights in the Kilcamb and we can hardly imagine a better hotel:
Excellent dining and fine breakfast make it a very rewarding stay, especially as the staff is very personal and helpful.

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I know this beautiful area of Scotland extremely well. Over the years I have stayed in all manner of different accommodations hereabouts. The Kilcamb is very comfortable, with a marvellous location. The staff are efficient, friendly and unobtrusive, and the food is truly special

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We stayed two nights (6/12-13) in room 10 which was small and with a limited view, but an excellent, modern bath. That's the worst I have to note because the food, setting/common rooms, staff and location were excellent. The food (breakfast and dinner both days) was the best of our total trip- smoked haddock with poached egg and porridge (with a half-shot of scotch!) were standouts for breakfast and dinners were about as excellent as food can be. Excellent wine list as well. The wait staff were new (mostly from Czech Republic) but very kind and solicitous. An excellent location (take the car ferry!) for exploring castles and quick visit to Oban. Would enthusiastically return!

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We had a great stay at Kilcamb Lodge Hotel. The drive from Mallaig to Strontian was stunning. We received a warm welcome and were shown to our room which had a lovely view over the loch. We had a walk down by the loch before dinner - absolutely gorgeous scenery.

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