Easy to Medium Walks in the Scottish Highlands & Ardnamurchan

The 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 my 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.

 

We stayed at this charming lodge for 3 nights in July and loved everything about it--our large and comfortable room, the peace and quiet, the pretty sitting rooms, the friendly and very professional staff, and the exquisite dining room. From the moment Luis greeted us
Reviewed Trip Advisor - August 2018
The Kilcamb Lodge is well located, right on the lake with a beautiful view, and nice trails around it. the rooms and food were amazing and so was the polite and helpful staff.
Reviewed Trip Advisor - July 2018
One of the most welcoming hotels ever. Not only Ms Rita welcomed me with a smile and answered my questions with high professionalism, the decor itself made me feel instantly at home, a luxurious one.
Reviewed Trip Advisor - July 2018
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.
Reviewed Trip Advisor - August 2018
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.
Reviewed Trip Advisor - August 2018
Very comfortable hotel in a beautiful location away from the road on the side of Loch Sunnart. Welcoming and helpful staff. Clean modern bedroom and bathroom. A couple of nice lounge areas with comfortable seating and views over the loch. High quality food and good service. Highly recommended.
Reviewed Trip Advisor - August 2018

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