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
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.