Walking in Ardnamurchan
A custom of welcome access
Contrary to popular belief, there is a law of trespass in Scotland. However, we do enjoy the goodwill of the vast majority of local land owners, farmers and crofters in the area and we would ask all our visitors to respect their needs in order that we may maintain that goodwill. The routes suggested are guidelines for cross country walking. In giving access, landowners and users do not accept responsibility for your safety. These are walks in truly natural surroundings, including the occasional steep bank, rocky scree or boggy section.
Please take care. Walk in pairs and tell someone where you have gone and when you expect to return. Damaging an ankle on your first walk means you will miss out on many more!
Choosing your walks
To help you find a walk suitable to your type of day out, choose from the following summaries which outline the terrain, location and timing.
Many of the longer walks require a map and we strongly recommend the Ordnance Survey Explorer series which are widely available at local shops, post offices and Tourist Information Centres. The map reference numbers and grid references for the start points are shown for each walk.
Even the friendliest of dogs, simply romping after a ball, is just as terrifying to sheep as one chasing them. Running sheep can easily abort later, causing great suffering and even a lingering death to sheep and lambs, and causing a highly damaging loss for owners in this area where a living from crofting is on tiny margins.
Please – do keep your dog under strict control at all times and well away from livestock. This is critically important, nevermore so than in the lambing season of March to May.
Fences and walls are inconvenient to walkers but they are also a vital part of farming today. Please do not damage them. A programme of building stiles is under way to help both crofter and walker.
Don’t get shot!
Deer numbers need to be carefully controlled for their own survival and for the sake of the environment. During the stalking season fromSeptember to December, it is important to establish which areas are closed for safety reasons. Up-to-date information can be obtained by contacting the Tourist Association Centres in Strontian (01967 402381) and Kilchoan (01972 500222) or for West Ardnamurchan, the Ardnamurchan Estate Office (01972 510208).
We would like to thank Maureen Maybank of Moss, Pamela Campbell of Kilchoan, Eilidh-Anne Madden our local Ranger, Forest Enterprise, Sunart Oakwoods Initiative, John Dye and others for their help in producing this local walks guide.
Quick guide to the Scottish Outdoor Access Code
The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 establishes a statutory right of responsible access to land and inland waters for: outdoor recreation, crossing land, and some educational and commercial purposes. The three key principles for responsible access apply to both the public and land managers:
Respect the interests of other people: Be considerate, respect privacy and livelihoods and the needs of those enjoying the outdoors.
Care for the Environment: Look after the places you visit and enjoy. Care for wildlife and historic sites.
Take responsibility for your own actions: The outdoors cannot be made risk-free for people exercising access rights; land managers should act with care for people’s safety.