The village nestles around Salen Bay off Loch Sunart. It is the first official community on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula. Salen is from the Gaelic Sàilean, meaning "small inlet".
In the 19th Century Salen had a thriving bobbin industry because of the availability of birch and oak in the surrounding woodlands; its mill was powered by one of the largest water wheels in Western Scotland with a diameter of 40ft,sadly not much of this remains.
In WW2 Salen was one of several locations in the area used by American and Canadian commandos in preparation for the D-Day landings. The old buoy, now in the Jetty car park bears testament to this with bullet holes from when it was used for target practice by an American sea plane as it flew up
Our ancient Sunart Oakwoods, which are amongst some of the oldest forests in Europe, have many walks to explore. In the woods above the village one can find ‘Sgoil Na Coille’ (The Wood School), a structure built by local foresters, used for community events and it can host birthday parties and weddings.
The village is a perfect base for outdoor enthusiasts; walking, wildlife photography, cycling, kayaking, sailing or fishing, with a sheltered jetty for launching craft. Many of our visitors have enjoyed spotting otters, pine martens, golden and sea eagles.
Being centrally placed, Salen can also be used as a stopping off point for exploring not just Ardnamurchan, but also Moidart and Morvern or Island hops to Mull and Skye (Mallaig is about 50mins). Further afield Ben Nevis and its surrounding mountains are well worth a visit and three miles north of Fort William is the Mountain Gondola that takes you to a restaurant with amazing views.