Exploring the Area
Stunning scenery, history and intrigue round every corner, landscapes, seascapes and great escapes, a geologist’s paradise, wildlife that come up to you to say ‘hello’ and a ride on the Jacobite steam train; all from the great base for doing things at Glenuig Inn.
We have collected some of what we think are the more engaging and interesting links to what this area has to offer, but this is by no means an exhaustive list, and we are constantly adding more!
The geology of the area is fascinating with a wide variety of rock types and landscapes. Lochaber Geopark is your resource for understanding what you are seeing and standing on. How many types of rock can you find on your visit?
Moving forward a little in time and we should guide you towards the Sunart Oakwoods as they are as stunning an example of the natural environment as you will find anywhere. Let your imagination go under the old oak trees, dripping with lichens, mosses and liverworts.
The Sound of Arisaig Marine Special Area of Conservation is home to maerl, amongst many other fascinating flora and fauna. Maerl looks like small coral and grows only 1-2mm a year but is in fact a type of seaweed. It is only found in clear, unpolluted waters and we are proud that this is one of the few areas in the whole of Europe where it grows. The maerl beds provide a haven for many types of marine life, and although it is a distinctive red colour when alive, a mixture of dead maerl and broken sea shells is what makes the white beaches here. Why not escape for a day to a remote white beach?
There are so many things to do along the Road to the Isles. Travelling by foot ferry from Arisaig marina over to the Small Isles of Eigg, Rum or Muck for the day just has to be on everyone’s itinerary, and you will have a good chance of seeing dolphins and porpoise, whilst even minke whales and basking sharks are known to make appearances.
Climb the Sgurr on the Isle of Eigg and enjoy one of the most spectacular 360 degree views on the whole of the West Coast of Scotland (maybe a little subjective here, but let us know how it compares!).
There are Golden and White-tailed Eagles nesting and flying in several nearby locations, but you are most likely to get a glimpse if you take a cruise on Loch Shiel.
To get even closer to nature, why not try a guided tour with Sea-kayak Arisaig or Rockhopper Sea Kayaking, who will meet you at Glenuig Inn for full or half day trips in Lochs Ailort and Moidart or out into the Sound of Arisaig.
If you are looking for evidence of clearance villages, then Smirisary and Peanmeaneach are good coastal examples. Both are accessible by foot or from the water and provide a stark reminder of bygone days. Also worth a visit are some of the less well known sites around the coast and along Glen Moidart. The history of Moidart peninsular and the surrounding area is as fascinating as it is varied.
Pine Marten and Wildcat can still be found in the area, and unless you visit the Ardnamurchan Natural History Centre, you really will have to look quite hard, although you can often see otters feeding and at play along the coast and by streams. In nearby Ardnamurchan peninsula you can find extinct volcanoes, caves, and the most westerly mainland lighthouse in Britain (naturally sitting at the end of Britain’s most westerly mainland point!)
There is so much more to see and do in the area, and the best resource is your imagination and inquisitiveness, so come and see us and share some of our favourite places... and things to do...