Ardnamurchan Local Walks

Ben Hiant

1. Three Lochs to Castle Tioram from Acharacle

MAP: OS Explorer 390 Grid ref: 676694
START: Travelling by car there is room to park on a bend near Blain farm.
TERRAIN: A circular walk including spectacular views out to sea. Mostly rough hill walking with some roads. Not suitable for a cycle.
TIME: Three hour round trip dawdle – the views are too good to hurry.

2. Expedition to Laga from Acharacle

MAP: OS Explorer 390 Grid ref: 677682
START: Acharacle School or Arivegaig telephone box.
TERRAIN: A hill walk rising to 300m with possibilities for going higher to a summit. Determined cyclists could make it to the reservoir. Be prepared for the muddy parts a lot of the year.
PLANNING: Drive to Laga early in the morning. Park your car and catch the daily bus to Acharacle (check the timetable). Then transport will be waiting at the end of your walk.
TIME: Four hours with picnic stops: about six miles.

3. Walk to the Singing Sands, Kentra to Gortenfern

MAP: OS Explorer 390 Grid ref: 650677
START: Park at Arivegaig.
TERRAIN: A level walk along a forestry track to a large, remote, sandy beach. Suitable for bikes.
TIME: It is over three miles to the beach.
Please note the Singing Sands area was formerly MOD property and items containing explosives occasionally may be found in the forest/dune or washed up on the beach.
Anyone finding items they consider to be suspicious is not to disturb them but should immediately contact the local police on 01967 402022.

4. Climbing Ben Resipol from Resipol Farm

MAP: OS Pathfinder 288 Grid ref: 722639
START: Resipol Farm
TERRAIN: A mountain climb which can be boggy in parts. Themountain is almost high enough to class as a Munro and you start at loch level. A real expedition.
TIME: A long half day trip.

5. Silver Walk Circuit near Castle Tioram

MAP: OS Explorer 390 Grid ref: 664714
START: Park by the phone box at Scuirduish (a house on the road to Dorlin) or at Dorlin in the car park.
TERRAIN: A circular walk including spectacular views out to sea. Mostly rough hill walking with an attractive sea cliff path at the end. Extreme caution must be taken on this section of the walk as part of it is now in an unsafe condition. Not suitable for a cycle.
Warning – part of this route is a private path carved from the hillside 130 years ago and is now in a dangerous condition. Please take great care.
TIME: Three hours.

6. Glen Moidart

MAP: OS Explorer 390 Grid ref: 740723
START: Turn up Glen Moidart and park at the end of the public road.
TERRAIN: The first part is suitable for a mountain biker. There is a well used track alongside a lochan Loth nan Lochan. For a short trip, visit the reservoir Loch Forslan. Alternatively, follow the stalkers track walk up Glen Moidart. There can be boggy bits along the later sections of this walk.
TIME: This will depend how far you go once you reach the loch.</p

7. The ‘Old Road’ Kinlochmoidart

MAP: OS Explorer 390 Grid ref: 695728
START: Where single track road becomes full size near Kinacarra restaurant.
TERRAIN: A good woodland walk with no steep gradients.
TIME: One hour depending on how far you go.

8. Smirisary near Glenuig

MAP: OS Explorer 390 Grid ref: 653773
START: Drive out to the village of Glenuig. At Glenuig turn off to the Inn and follow the road to a parking place at its end.
TERRAIN: Not suitable for a mountain biker. There is a rough track to an old crofting community (now sympathetically restored). About a mile beyond the village along an even narrower path there is an unspoilt sandy beach.
TIME: Variable.

9. Camas nan Geall and Bourblaige deserted village south east of Ben Hiant, Kilchoan

MAP: OS Explorer 390 Grid ref: 562616
START: Park at viewing point, Grid ref: 563616.
TERRAIN: Unmarked route. Rough going in places, boggy patches and steep slopes. A very good foreshore walk and interesting ruins.
TIME: Two and a half hours circular trip.

10. Mingary Pier, Kilchoan

MAP: OS Explorer 390

START:The ferry car park, Grid ref: NM 494 627.

DESCRIPTION: A leisurely stroll along rocky shoreline to the main village and back via the road. Mainly rocky and wet with odd boggy sections. Salt marsh over 150m before the main road. Possibility of seeing seals and otter  if you walk very slowly, quietly and avoid being seen.

ROUTE: Walk down towards the ferry waiting room, and access foreshore through small gate on right. Make your way along the coast and either return to the start or emerge onto the B8007 near the church (NM 485 638)

DISTANCE: 2.5km TOTAL ASCENT: 30m

TIME: 1 to 2 hours.

11. Ben Hiant Loch Mudle to the peak

MAP: NM OS Explorer 390 Grid ref: 545653
START: Park off the road in the old sand pit between Loch Mudle entrance and cattle grid.
TERRAIN: Moderate hill walking with rough and boggy patches. The most spectacular views. Take a small scale map to help you identify distant islands, peaks and lochs. Keep a lookout for shead red deer antlers.
TIME: Two and a half hours return trip to summit.

12. Portuairk to Bay MacNeil about six miles north west of Kilchoan

MAP: OS Explorer 390 Grid ref: 440682
START: Having left Achosnich you cross over a cattle grid, the parking area and rest site is shortly after this on the right.
TERRAIN: Reasonable going.
TIME: One hour return trip.

13. Portuairk to Sanna Bay about six miles north west of Kilchoan

MAP: OS Explorer 390 Grid ref: 440682
START: Having left Achosnich you cross over a cattle grid, the parking area and rest site is shortly after this on the right.
TERRAIN: Reasonable going.
TIME: Two hour return trip: another two hours if you follow the coast along to Glendrian caves.

14a. Sonachan Woodland Walk about five miles north west of Kilchoan

MAP: OS Explorer 390 Grid ref: 448668
START: Just beyond the Sonachan Hotel. Well signed, on left hand side. Park where appropriate. The walk has only recently been formalised by agreement with the landowner in co-operation with the Forestry Authority who are managing the Woodland and Highland Access Network.
TERRAIN: Variable, from good track to boggy and difficult. The wooded area is well known for its rodent population – you will see the newly gnawed hazelnut shells. Rowbuck are present also. About half the area is open. Bracken on the dryer ground, bog, heather and old peat cuttings on the lower area. Grouse can be seen here on occasions.
TIME: Circuit time about one hour.

14b. Old School House five miles north west of Kilchoan

MAP: OS Explorer 390 Grid ref: 448668
START: About half a mile past The Sonachan Hotel. Park off road in the old quarry opposite Highland Access Network sign.
TERRAIN: Rough going with boggy patches. Paths difficult to follow in places.
TIME: About one and a half hours return trip if looping back via Portuairk – or more if going on to Sanna.

15. Glendrian deserted village north coast, north of Kilchoan

MAP: OS Explorer 390 Grid ref: 469678
START: At the old quarry.
TERRAIN: A fairly easy walk along a farmtrack. A burn near the old village is about 6” deep with stepping stones. A good view of the 55 million year old Ring Dyke can be had from just beyond the kissing gate.
TIME: One and a half to two hours.

16. Ormsaigbeg Hills north west coast of Kilchoan Bay

MAP: OS Explorer 390 Grid ref: 474648
START: Park near the Kilchoan Fire Station but do not block access.
TERRAIN: Rough going with some boggy patches and steep sections. The superb views of Mull’s north coast and Glen Gorm Castle are really rewarding.
TIME: About two hours.

17. Ormsaigbeg road walk north coast of Kilchoan Bay

MAP: OS Explorer 390 Grid ref: 479637
START: Park off road near Ferry Stores.
TERRAIN: Easy westerly walk along the road followed by a grass slope down to shingle beach and back along the fairly rocky coastline.
TIME: One hour gentle return stroll.

18. Glasbhein Hills above and the north of Kilchoan

MAP: OS Explorer 390 Grid ref: 477648
START: Park off the road about 100m beyond the first bend, at the track into the hills.
TERRAIN: Moderate, open, hill walking with some rough, boggy and rocky sections. Buzzards and Ravens are often seen here.
TIME: Approx. one hour, depending on you.

19. Mingary Castle and raised beach further east half mile east of Kilchoan

MAP: OS Explorer 390 Grid ref: 520634
START: Park off the B8007 near the entrance to Ardnamurchan Estate main buildings and follow the drive until you pick up direction signs. External viewing of the castle as the walls are unsafe.
TERRAIN: Variable with a ford crossing. Not too strenuous.
TIME: Two hours.

20. Ockle to Gortenfern north coast, north east of Kilchoan

MAP: OS Explorer 390 Grid ref: 556704
START: Park in small car park at Ockle.
TERRAIN: Mix of good and rough going with some boggy patches. Spectacular views to Rhum, Muck, Eigg, Skye and Arisaig coastline: beautiful beach at Gorten.
TIME: Five hours return trip or six and a half if going on to Kentra (you will need a lift back).

21. Achateny Beach north coast, north of Kilchoan

MAP: OS Explorer 390 Grid ref: 505705
START: Turn left, just before Achateny, heading for Fascadale. About halfway to Kilchoan you will see a farm gate and track with a stile. Park off the road.
TERRAIN: Country walk.
TIME: About one hour round trip.

22. Kilmory Beach north coast, north of Kilchoan

MAP: OS Explorer 390 Grid ref: 529702
START: Park off the road 200m past the old Kilmory Post Office/Caalmogo.
TERRAIN: Easy track to beach. Mix of flat sand and rocky outcrops on shore. Spectacular views to Muck, Rhum, Eigg and Skye. Good beach for birdwatching.
TIME: Variable.

23. Ardnastaing to Scotstown from Strontian Village

MAP: OS Explorer 391
START: There is car parking near the Ben View Hotel, 100mup the road off the A861, amilewest of Strontian.
TERRAIN: Good going on paths, tracks and the public road.
TIME: Two hours round trip.

24. Corrantee Lead Mines from Polloch, north of Strontian

MAP: OS Explorer 390/391
START: Leave cars in the sandpit, (opposite tall pines on right hand side of road) at the west end of Loch Doilet.
TERRAIN: Mostly easy-to-follow tracks but rather wet in places, some steep sections.
TIME: Two hours to lead mines and back: three hours if walking on to Strontian.

25. Loch Shiel from Polloch, north of Strontian

MAP: OS Explorer 390/391
START: There is a large car park at the end of the public road in Polloch.
TERRAIN: Good going on paths, through forestry. Beautiful views over Loch Shiel and spectacular vistas on car trip to this walks.
TIME: One and a half hours.

26. Ariundle Oakwood Strontian River north of Strontian

MAP: OS Explorer 391 Grid ref: 826633
START: From the car park, well signed, a few hundred metres up the lane off the Polloch Road.
TERRAIN: Good going on paths, wet in places, along the river and returning through oakwoods. Beautiful woodland walk.
TIME: Two and a half hours.

27. Strontian village woods

MAP: OS Explorer 391 Grid ref: 815615
START: There is a car park in the village. The walk starts 100m away, just over the Strontian bridge.
TERRAIN: Good going on paths.
TIME: One hour.

28. Garbh Eilean Wildlife Hide two miles east of Resipole Camp Site

MAP: OS Explorer 390 Grid ref: 748618
START: There is a signed car park, plus a Disabled Badge Holder’s car park 500 metres further West.
TERRAIN: Good going on paths.
TIME: One hour.

29. Salen Oakwoods two short walks

MAP: OS Explorer 390 Grid ref: 692643
START: There is a car park 100meast of Salen junction.
TERRAIN: Good going on paths, with some steep slopes. Beautiful view over Salen Bay. Rare plants.
TIME: An hour for the longer route, half an hour for the shorter.

30.Glenborrodale RSPB Reserve Glenmore Bay, a mile west of Glenborrodale Castle

MAP: OS Explorer 390 Grid ref: 592620
START: Park in new car park 400m west of Glenborrodale Castle.
TERRAIN: Reasonable going, wet in places. Wide variety of bird and plant life.
TIME: One hour.

31. Sailean nan Cuileag near Salen

MAP: OS Explorer 390 Grid ref: 702644
START: There is a signed car park beside the road.
TERRAIN: Good going on paths with some steep slopes:more informal near shore for which waterproof footwear is recommended.
TIME: Three quarters of an hour.

32. Dun Ghallain just east of Laga Bay

MAP: OS Explorer 390 Grid ref: 650607
START: There is a signed car park beside the road. Cross the forest fence at the nearby stile.
TERRAIN: An informal walk for which boots are recommended. Care is needed as the walk has been
designed to be as natural as possible.
TIME: One hour.

33. Ardgour Lochans Ardgour

MAP: OS Explorer 391 Grid ref: 016637
START: There is room to park at the Inn at Ardgour.
TERRAIN: A circular walk on level tracks and roads. Also suitable for bicycles.
TIME: One and a half hours.

34. The Crofters Woodland Camusnagaul, Ardgour

MAP: OS Explorer 391 Grid ref: 095751
START: There is a parking area by the Camusnagaul passenger ferry.
TERRAIN: A circular route of rough paths which is boggy and steep in places.
TIME: One and a half hours.

35. Inniemore deserted township Morvern / Lochaline area

MAP: OS Explorer 383 Grid ref: 668517
START: There is a signed car park between Loch Arienas and Loch Teacuis.
TERRAIN: Good going on paths but some steeper slopes.
TIME: One and a half hours.

36. Ardtornish Estate 3 miles north of Lochaline

MAP: OS Explorer 383 Grid ref: 703484
START: Visitors are requested to seek guidance from the Ardtornish Estate Office near the Ardtornish Gardens.
TERRAIN: A variety of walks as advised by the office.
TIME: Variable.

37. Ardmolich Woodland Walk overlooking Loch Moidart

MAP: OS Explorer 390 Grid ref: 715715
START: There is a small car park beside the A861 between Langal & Kinlochmoidart.
TERRAIN: Easy walking on paths with some challenging climbs. Upper loops more informal for which boots are recommended. Stunning views over Loch Moidart and out to the Small Isles.
TIME: Two and a half hours.

38. Rahoy Hills Wildlife Reserve car park on A884 at Acharn, four miles north of Lochaline

MAP: OS Explorer 383 Grid ref: NM 702505
START: Bridge below the small car park on the edge of the oakwood. SWT Reserve Warden Wednesday walks 2pm April-October.
TERRAIN: Well-formed grass track, grading progressively to rough open hill and woodland, with bridges across the main burns.
TIME: The two mile walk takes one – two hours there and back.