Category Archives: West Highlands and Islands

Neist Point


Neist Point is the most westerly point on the Duirinish peninsula on the Isle of Skye.
It projects into The Minch and provides a walk and viewpoint.
 
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Machrie Moor Stone Circles


Machrie Moor Stone Circles is the collective name for six stone circles visible on Machrie Moor near the settlement of Machrie on the Isle of Arran.
Around 1 kilometer to the west is the remains of the Moss Farm Road Stone Circle, (Machrie Moor 10).
 
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Torren Lochan


Torren Lochan is the place where Hagrid’s Hut was built for the film Prisoner of Azkaban.

 
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Fairy Pools


The Fairy Pools are a natural waterfall phenomenon in Glen Brittle on the Isle of Skye.
The Fairy Pools are a popular location for walkers.
It is about a 20-minute walk to the Fairy Pools from the Glen Brittle car park.
 
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Kyleakin


Kyleakin is a village situated on the east coast of the Isle of Skye.
The village is along the strait of Kyle Akin opposite the northwest Scottish mainland town of Kyle of Lochalsh.
Kyleakin is within the parish of Strath.
 
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Loch Quoich


Loch Quoich is a loch and reservoir situated west of Loch Garry approximately 40 km northwest of Fort William, Lochaber, Scotland.
The name means “loch of the cup/quaich”.

Both lochs form part of the Glen Garry hydroelectricity project commissioned by the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board in the 1950s.

The scheme was completed in 1962.
 

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Oban


Oban is a resort town within the Argyll and Bute council area of Scotland.
Despite its small size, it is the largest town between Helensburgh and Fort William.
During the tourist season, the town can play host to up to 25,000 people. Oban occupies a setting in the Firth of Lorn.
The bay is a near perfect horseshoe, protected by the island of Kerrera; and beyond Kerrera, the Isle of Mull.
To the north, is the long low island of Lismore, and the mountains of Morvern and Ardgour.
 
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Buachaille Etive Mor


Buachaille Etive Mòr, generally known to climbers simply as The Buachaille, is a mountain at the head of Glen Etive.
Its pyramidal form, as seen from the A82 road when travelling towards Glen Coe, makes it one of the most recognisable mountains in Scotland, and one of the most depicted on postcards and calendars.

Buachaille Etive Mòr takes the form of a ridge nearly five miles (8 km) in length, almost entirely encircled by the River Etive and its tributaries.
The ridge contains four principal tops: from north-east to south-west these are Stob Dearg (1022 m), Stob na Doire (1011 m), Stob Coire Altruim (941 m) and Stob na Bròige (956 m). Stob Dearg and Stob na Bròige are both Munros; the latter was promoted to Munro status by the Scottish Mountaineering Club in 1997.

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Loch Leven


Loch Leven is a sea loch on the west coast of Scotland.
Loch Leven extends 8 3⁄4 miles (14.1 km), varying in width between 220 yards (200 m) and just over 1 mile (1.6 km).
It opens onto Camus a’ Chois at North Ballachulish, part of Loch Linnhe at its western end.
There are nine small islands, some rocky and covered with heather and some just smooth green grass, near the western end of the loch.

The village of Glencoe lies on its southern shore.
The burial place of the MacDonald clan of Glencoe lies on an island – Eilean Munde, St.Munda’s or St Munn’s or Saint Fintan Munnu’s Island, opposite the village.
The island burial place was also shared by the Camerons of Callart, on the north shore of the loch, the Stewarts of Ballachulish and Appin and other local families.

The village of Kinlochleven at the head of the loch was established when the aluminium smelter was built there during the first decade of the twentieth century.
It was originally the hamlets of Kinlochmore (Inverness-shire) and Kinlochbeg (Argyll) either side of the River Leven.
It lies on the road north to Fort William (Scottish Gaelic: An Gearasdan Inbhir-Lochaidh, built in 1927, which followed the shores of the loch,
but a bridge was built across the mouth of the loch at Ballachulish in 1975 to replace the Ballachulish Ferry.

Under the Ballachulish Bridge, at the entrance to the loch, is the narrows Caolas Mhic Phàdraig.
The settlements either side are North and South Ballachulish – Baile a’ Chaolais (the settlement on the narrows).
There is a fast tidal stream through the narrows, running at up to seven knots at springs; it is wise, therefore, to time any passage through the narrows with the tides.
Further up the loch, there are several other narrows – principally Caolas na Con – with significant, but diminishing tidal streams.
The loch is navigable as far as Kinlochleven, and was used by ships bringing alumina to the smelter there until its closure.
 

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Ardtoe


Ardtoe Beach is a lovely sandy beach, great for rockpooling, swimming and birdwatching. The beach is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike in Ardnamurchan and is particulary beautiful at low tide with great views to The Small Isles.

The single track road to Ardtoe, from the A861 near Acharacle, passes over Kentra Moss and skirts around Kentra Bay providing a scenic drive to this lovely beach. There is a small car park near the beach with a small parking charge.

Just one of the many lovely sandy beaches on The West Coast of Scotland.
 

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