Strontian


Sron an T’Sithein, Point of the Fairy Knoll.

Strontian is situated on the A861, at the head of glorious Loch Sunart, and is a thriving village with much to attract visitors.


Most of the history of the area dates from the beginning of lead mining in the 1720s but its greatest historical claim to fame is that the element Strontium was discovered here and named after the village. The mines are no longer active but the area attracts a great many geologists every year.

Strontian is ideally placed to explore both the surrounding areas and the wider peninsula, and there is accommodation in three hotels, self-catering cottages from modern bungalows to old croft houses, Bed and Breakfasts and a Bunk House, scattered over quite a large area.

There are walks and climbs in the area to suit all abilities, and the local oakwoods, in particular Ariundle---a national nature reserve---are quite wonderful places. The trees and rocks are festooned with spectacular mosses and lichens, and in the spring there are carpets of bluebells and primroses. Wild orchids are much in evidence in the summer. The area is a paradise for bird watchers and in early summer the Chequered Skipper butterfly is a regular visitor. There is virtually no light pollution in and around Strontian and star-gazing is quite magical.

Strontian has an excellent local shop which is open 7 days a week, is licensed and has a Cash Machine. We are lucky to have a village Post Office which is also a general store, open all hours, and which has diesel and petrol pumps.

The Tourist Information Office is in the centre of the village, open from Easter to October, there is an excellent café attached to the shop, and a local pottery.

The Ariundle Centre, a mile from the village, offers excellent home cooked food throughout the day and into the evening, has a wide variety of  crafts and gifts for sale, and has a wonderful wool shop.

The Sunart Centre, based in the high school, houses a well stocked public library, has internet access, and also hosts many entertainments throughout the year.  Information is usually displayed on the notice board at the shop, and an invaluable  source of “What’s On” throughout the peninsula is the monthly magazine, De tha dol, on sale in the shops.

Fishing is available on local fresh water lochs and rivers, and boats can be hired on Loch Doilet. Tickets can be purchased in the shops. Sea fishing is of course free to everyone.

Strontian has a slipway from which dinghies, trailer-sailers and other small craft can be launched at almost all points of the tide, and this is free to all users. An interpretation board at the jetty gives local information and tide tables. This area is also an excellent place from which to spot otters.

Strontian, and its spectacular surroundings, has something for everyone. Come and see it!