Things to see and do

Salen is at the centre of three undeservedly little-known areas of the Highlands, all with glorious scenery - the Ardnamurchan Peninsula, renowned for its geology; Moidart, steeped in the history of Scotland from the Viking occupation, through Bonnie Prince Charlie to secret operations during World War Two; and the Sunart and Morvern Oakwoods, a unique example of a temperate rain forest. So good is the scenery, so delicate is the natural environment, that most of the area is designated as Special Areas of Conservation, National Scenic Areas, SSSIs or National Nature Reserves.

The whole area teems with wildlife, from the ubiquitous Red Deer to rarer species such as Otters, Eagles, Whales, Porpoise, and Scottish Wild Cats: a visit to the wildlife hide at Ardery, off the Strontian road, is a must, as is the Ardnamurchan Natural History Centre at Glenmore, and the Ardnamurchan Lighthouse, at the most westerly point in mainland Britain, where whales are a common site, passing close to the shore as they move around the point.

Our spectacular landscape attracts geologists from all over the world - the Ardnamurchan volcanic caldera can be seen from space, and evidence of igneous activity and the effects of ice ages is everywhere around. The prolific wildflowers of the West Highlands have to be seen to be believed.

Our roads are empty and romantic, narrowly winding up and around the hills, glens and bays, and are ideal for the cyclist or the touring biker - the whole pace of life in this area is slower and politer than you may be used to!

Walkers will discover a different world, as they climb into empty hills where the only sounds are the wind and the birds, or as they explore the many abandoned villages that mark the historic and economic decline of the area in the nineteenth century, or top the easy summit of Ben Hiant to gaze out over the sublime views to Tiree and Mull.

And if you're into wetter activities - our fishing is second to none, whether it's in the sea, the loch or the river: guided fishing is available, and underwater, divers will discover visibility that can reach 25m and prolific life. Canoeists, kayakers and sailors will find excellent facilities here, with easy launching and some adventurous exploring to be done.

Eating out is easy, with the Salen Inn and Ardshealach Lodge close by.

And don't forget - Salen House has ample parking, good drying facilities and a warm welcome for walkers, bikers, cyclists, boaters and divers. And if none of these appeals, you can simply explore the area by car on or quiet byways.

Highland Cattle

Sunset over Eigg

Fishing in Morvern

The Ardnamurchan Caldera

Ellen Kammerath, Salen House, Salen, Acharacle, PH36 4JN
Telephone 01967 431 384
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