Things To See and Do
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Lochcarron lies amidst some of the finest scenery in the British Isles and is an absolute paradise for all those who love the great outdoors. Many people who visit this beautiful area do so to escape from it all, to get away from the hustle and bustle of modern life, and to enjoy the peace and tranquillity and the truly spectacular views - it is an ideal spot for walkers, photographers, artists, wildlife watchers and all those who simply enjoy touring and seeing the different views which appear around almost every corner.
For those who also like activities of a more energetic or sporting nature, there are ample opportunities for sailing, canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, hill walking and climbing. More information on walking and climbing can be found in our "Munros" section. Lochcarron even has its own 9-hole golf course to which visitors are very welcome. Clubs are available for hire and the club house has its own "Tee Rooms"! The photo below shows a view across the course with the distinctive shape of "Wellington" in the background and was taken on a superb winter's day just a week before Christmas.
Below is another view looking along the length of Loch Carron, this time from a vantage point above Stromeferry.
The photo below will probably be familiar to anyone who watched the recent Monty Halls' Great Escape series on BBC2 as his Land Rover was seen in several shots climbing the spectacular Bealach na Ba - the Pass of the Cattle. This is reckoned to be the highest road in Britain, climbing from sea level to 2,053 feet at the top.
From the car park at the summit there are some spectacular views across to the islands of Raasay and Skye on which the Cuillins dominate the landscape as the photo below shows.
For those who are energetic enough to walk up the steep track which leads from the road to the TV relay station, the reward is some even more magnificent views, especially if one ventures out across the open mountain top. Here we can see a dramatic view down towards Kishorn as seen from the Applecross tops.
Continuing on down the other side from the Applecross tops one reaches the pretty little village of Applecross with the very popular Applecross Inn and also the Walled Garden Restaurant (see our "Places to Eat and Drink" section for more information). Applecross feels like a real haven of peace and tranquillity after the high drama of the ride over the top and there are beaches and several waymarked walks. A popular conclusion to a visit to Applecross is to do a round trip tour by following the coast road right around the Applecross peninsula, eventually re-joining the main A896 near Shieldaig. There are superb views to be seen all along this road as can be seen from the photo below.
Whilst Applecross is a "must visit" for anyone who comes to Lochcarron, there are also many other places to see and things to do. The Skye Bridge is only about half an hour's drive away so day trips to Skye are easily achievable. The photo below shows the view back to the mainland as seen from Isleornsay on the Sleat peninsula. This was a superb day in April with a good covering of winter snow still to be seen on the upper slopes of Beinn Sgritheall.
Nearer at hand to Lochcarron is Glen Carron from which there are several circular and linear walks, some of the latter going through to Torridon and Glen Torridon. Below is a late afternoon view taken in mid March from the Coulin Road near Achnashellach looking across the glen towards the mountains to the south and east. More information about local walks and climbs can be found in our "Munros" section.
By taking Church Street from Lochcarron village and continuing out through the west end of the village, one reaches North Strome where the old Strome Ferry slipway can still be seen. The ferry became defunct in the 1970's when the Stromeferry By-Pass was opened along the south shore of Loch Carron but prior to this the ferry was the only route into the village from the south. Nearby are the ruins of Strome Castle. The view below shows the castle ruins standing on their rocky promontory with the Cuillins on Skye in the background.
Continuing further west for another 2 miles the little community of Ardaneaskan is reached. The photo below shows the entrance to Loch Carron as seen from here.
One of the things which is definitely not to be missed during any visit to Lochcarron is a trip on the Kyle of Lochalsh railway line which featured some few years ago as one of Michael Palin's "Great Railway Journeys of the World".
The nearest railway station is at Strathcarron, 3 miles from Lochcarron village. From there the line runs to Plockton, Duirinish and Kyle of Lochalsh, hugging the coast-line for much of the way as you can see in this photo.
The places mentioned on this page are but a few of the many you will almost certainly want to visit. There is not room on this website to list them all so why not come for a visit and see for yourself what a truly beautiful part of the world this is?
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