Arts and crafts & local history
Am Baile/The Gaelic Village
Launched in 2003 and still growing, Ambaile is an enormously rich online learning and research resource of digitized archives for the language, history and culture of the Scottish Highlands and Islands. Now funded by the Highland Council and managed as part of Highland Libraries, it offers learning opportunities for users of all age groups, abilities and backgrounds by drawing together unique material which until now was difficult to access, and presenting it in a user-friendly and often exciting way. On Am Baile you will find collections of photographs, rare books and archive documents from libraries, museums and private collections, audio clips of music, poetry and oral history interviews, contemporary art, resources for Gaelic speakers and learners, films and videos, as well as interactive games, stories and comics that will be of interest to children and young people. The site can be used in Gaelic and English with an option of switching language at any time. Explore and discover either by entering keywords in the search box or by browsing individual sections, navigating your way through the various topics and media types, or browsing the complete A-Z subject index. You can spend hours of pleasurable browsing on this site.
The Applecross Landscape Partnership Scheme
The Applecross Landscape Partnership Scheme (ALPS) aims to promote the rich heritage, wildlife and culture of the West Highlands. It is a partnership of the Applecross Trust, Applecross Historical Society, Applecross Archaeological Society, Applecross Community Council, Applecross Crofters, and some other community groups. Its objectives include: to conserve or restore the built and natural heritage features of the area; conserve and celebrate the cultural history of the area; and to support the continuation of local craft and other skills by providing training opportunities. It offers an information-rich website with pages devoted to topics such as Worship & Burial, People & Places; Trails & Thoroughfares; Woodland, Grassland & Wildlife, and Drystane Dykes & Historic Buildings, together with news, events/activities, current projects, things to do in the Applecross peninsula, its heritage and wildlife, and its history.
The Web pages of local artist,
potter, art therapist, illustrator (and firefighter too!) Vicky Stonebridge. The
site provides a showcase for some of her work, and also has some fine
photographs of local scenery.
If you are interested in local history, and/or tracing your family roots, visit the website of Caledonian Maps, which offers four different series and several individually reprinted old maps, modestly priced. Most maps can be supplied folded, while those that can only be supplied flat will be shipped in a protective tube. Among them are Victorian Ordnance Survey Maps, which are new copies of the best one-inch-to-the-mile maps of Scotland in the late 1800's, with full details from the 1870's, printed in 1896. Others are large scale county maps (e.g. Ross & Cromarty), and Scottish town plans from 1818-1825, including those for Dingwall, Elgin, Inverness, and Nairn. Also of interest will be a full colour county map for Inverness-shire in 1847. Among the Victorian OS Maps series maps of special interest to those in living in the Lochcarron, Kishorn, or Applecross areas will be Sheet 81-Raasay & Kishorn, and Sheet 82-Lochcarron. In the Atlas of Scotland in 1912 series, Sheet 45-Stromeferry, Gairloch, covers areas such as Applecross, Plockton, Lochcarron, Torridon, Gairloch, Loch Maree, and Achnasheen. For a quick search for specific towns, counties, or areas, etc. click on to the search facility at
Pottery, Craft Shop & Art Gallery
Jan Teago’s pottery, craft shop and gallery is on the A890 road going to
Kyle of Lochalsh, on
the south shore of Loch Carron, a mile or so outside Strathcarron. Items
for sale at the craft shop
include not only their own pottery, but also a wide variety of
Scottish crafts, including woodcraft, jewellery from several different
Scottish makers, silverware, Scottish knitwear, and more. The
pottery is in an extension at the rear of the shop, where on most days you
can see Rob either pugging clay, throwing on the wheel, glazing or packing
a kiln. Their pottery stoneware specializes in a wide range of hand thrown
tableware and commissioned pieces. View examples of some of their pottery
on the website. Upstairs above the pottery workshop is a purpose built
gallery, exhibiting work in many different styles and media from both
local and Scottish professional artists. The Carron
Restaurant is next door to the pottery.
Gairloch Heritage Museum
Lochcarron to Gairloch (via Achnasheen, Kinlochewe, and along Loch Maree) is about 50 miles, and if you are heading in that direction a visit to the Gairloch Heritage Museum is well worth it. Housed in a complex of old farm buildings, it will take you on a journey through time showing how local people lived and worked in the Gairloch area from the earliest times. The museum has much to offer for both the casual visitor as well as the more serious student of history and Highland life. Families and children will enjoy the working models, quizzes and hands-on activities, while researchers will find rich resources in the library and archives.
Note: the Gairloch Heritage Museum is now open from April (Easter if earlier) until the end of October, between 10am and 5pm, Monday to Saturday. In the winter months visits can be made by arrangement.
Hosted by Kurt Duwe, this is a website hosted in Germany (but with both German and English
text) devoted to modern Celtic languages. Linguae Celticae has published a series of detailed reports, all freely accessible/downloadable online, dealing with communities that were predominantly Gaelic-speaking at the end of the 19th century. The reports draw primarily (though not exclusively) on local population census data, and aim to shed light on the state of the Gaelic language – in all its dimensions, and even for very small geographical units – through the ages, from 1881 until today. They also analyse the impact of recent developments in education (e.g. teaching in Gaelic, and teaching of Gaelic as a second language) in primary schools throughout the region and where Scottish Gaelic is still spoken by a substantial part of the population. There are a total of 27 reports, plus a bibliography published as a separate volume; each report is extensively illustrated with charts, tables, and maps. This project is an astonishing tour de force and will be of great interest to local communities in Wester Ross and those elsewhere in the Highlands and Islands.
Lochcarron and Lochalsh report:
Volume 10: Taobh
Siar Rois: A’Chomraich, Loch Carrann & Loch Aillse (Wester Ross:
Applecross, Lochcarron & Lochalsh) 488Kb 57 pp. 2nd edition February
Lochbroom and Gairloch report:
Volume 9: Taobh Siar Rois: Loch Bhraoin & Geàrrloch (Wester
Ross: Loch Broom & Gairloch) 604Kb 57 pp. Second edition January 2006
To access reports covering other areas see website.
Michael Stuart Green - Painter & Printmaker
The website, with samples of his work, of Lochcarron-based artist Michael Stuart Green, a painter and printmaker whose subjects encompass landscape, architecture and the figure. The Web pages offer downloadable brochures in pdf format, and include links to galleries where his work is exhibited. Michael is also a graphic designer and has provided the designs and cover artwork for several reference resources on Africa and African studies published by Hans Zell Publishing. The cover designs are based on Dogon (Mali) art, culture and traditional architecture.
Patterns of Light
Based in Kishorn, on the A896 between Lochcarron and Shieldaig, Patterns of Light is a working studio/gift shop selling paintings, cards, and hand-made items by Jenny Turner, as well as a wide variety of art and craft, cards, and innovative gifts by other Highlands artists, and for which a mail order service is available. Other items on sale include marmalade, jam, condiments, and other food items from local caterers The Kishorn Kitchen, including a range of homemade frozen dishes. Patterns of Light also offers “Dreamcatcher” workshops – “Weave a web to catch your dreams” – in the yurt in a wooded area of its garden, intended as a creative activity for individuals, families or groups.
Poppy Cottage Art
The website (still in the process of being developed) of local Lochcarron artist Caroline McCormack, who specialises in oil paintings of Scottish Highland landscapes, flowers (especially poppies!), figures, and portraits. The site includes an online gallery of some of her work.
Brings together authentic information and images to help you discover places in Scotland and the Highlands. It enables you to search across different national databases using place names and geographic locations, and drawing on databases of The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, The National Archives of Scotland and The National Library of Scotland. Materials includes digital copies of maps, plans, and archival photographs of cities, towns, villages, farms, roads, canals, harbours, churches, schools, public buildings, private houses, mines and quarries; surveys of the Scottish fresh water lochs; archaeological reports on historic and prehistoric sites; as well as manuscript records and printed books from millions of pages in government and private records, including tax rolls, owners of land and heritages, and the annual reports of county Medical Officers of Health. A search for "Lochcarron", for example, generates over 200 results of archival photographs, old maps, plans, archaeological reports, and some other documents; and for "Applecross" it is almost 500.
Scottish Post Office Directories
Old Scottish Post Office directories can be a good source for researching Scottish family, trade, and
town history, and to find out where people lived at a certain time and how they earned their living. Over 700 digitized directories, covering most of Scotland and dating from 1773 to 1912, are available here, for example the 1873-1874
Inverness Directory, or its successor the annual Inverness Burgh Directory for the period 1899 to 1912. In each directory you can browse and search by place, year and resident's name, view page by page or a PDF file of the complete book, search the full PDF text, and download files for free (for non-commercial use only).
Scottish Screen Archive
The Scottish Screen Archive is a film and video collection of over 100 years of Scotland's history. It reflects 20th-century Scottish social, cultural and industrial history, the lives of ordinary Scots across the generations, and the achievements of Scottish film-makers in the craft of film production. The archive houses more than 32,000 items, mostly non-fiction, including documentaries, newsreels, educational material, Television and public information films, home movies, and more. It is an enormously rich resource, with excellent search facilities to quickly track down film clips from particular areas or communities. Below are some examples.
Excerpts from a film about the North Highlands railway line:
The ferry 'Strome Castle' sets off from Stromeferry in the early 1960s (1962, colour, mute).
Train arrives at Dingwall station, passengers alight, goods are loaded, and the clip demonstrates the use of the "key" token as a safety measure to ensure no other train is on the track (1973, colour, with commentary).
A train driver and the station-master at Garve exchange key tokens as the train pulls in (1962, colour, mute).
A look at the crofting and fishing communities of Wester Ross. Shot mostly at Achintraid, Loch Kishorn and Applecross (circa 1939, black and white, mute).
An excerpt from a film about the construction by Howard Doris Ltd. of oil platforms at Loch Kishorn for the Ninian oilfield. The clip shows how the concrete base of an oil drilling platform is floated out of dry dock on Loch Kishorn.(1978, colour, with commentary).
Lesley and Thomas Kilbride produce wool on a small scale at Ri-Aulaidh, Cuaig, Wester Ross. Explains the processes involved, including the special sheep they rear for wool, a Shetland breed crossed with Gotland ram from Sweden (1982, colour, with commentary).
Note: The Kilbride family run business is still in existence today; visit their website
http://ssa.nls.uk/ (Scottish Screen Archive Main home page)
Created by the Scottish Archive Network (SCAN), this is a marvellus resource for anyone interested in researching family history, or to find out more about famous Scots in past centuries. The site offers a freely accessible, fully searchable index of over 520,000 Scottish wills and testaments dating from 1500 to 1901. Browse or search the site by forename and surname, or go to advanced search where you can search by description - i.e. title, occupation, or place - by court/commissariot, or by period. A place search for "Lochcarron", for example, brings up 45 search results, listing surname and forename, the date of the document, a short description, and the court, in this case mostly the Dingwall Sheriff Court (be patient, the search can take a little while until the search results are displayed.) Thereafter, by clicking on to "More information" it will show additional information (where available) and/or a slightly fuller description, the number of pages of the document, and its reference/order number. You can purchase a high quality colour digital image of the document of your choice for only £5, by ticking the check box in the search results and which is then added to a shopping cart for online ordering and payment in a secure environment.
Shards Stained Glass
Muirne Buchanan's stained glass studio, in the Old Schoolhouse at Arrina on the north of the Applecross peninsula, offers unusual stained glass suncatchers, with birds, flowers, fairies, sealife and wildlife themes.
Accounts of Scotland – Parish of Lochcarron
The two Statistical Accounts of Scotland, covering the 1790s and the 1830s,
are among the best contemporary reports of life during the agricultural and
industrial revolutions in Europe, and consist of accounts for all the
parishes of Ross and Cromarty, including Lochcarron. They provide a rich
record on a wide variety of topics: wealth, class and poverty, climate,
agriculture, fishing and wildlife, population, education, and the moral
health of the people. In May 1790, in preparation for the first account, Sir
John Sinclair, Baronet of Ulbster in Caithness, wrote to over nine hundred
parish ministers throughout Scotland asking them to contribute to a
Statistical Inquiry, by answering, as best as they could, a series of 165
(!) questions and queries respecting each parish. A second, similar survey
was undertaken in 1836. Transcriptions of the two accounts, digitally
transcribed from the original document, can be found at the websites below.
The first account, by the Rev. Mr. Lachlan Mackenzie, offers a fascinating
glimpse of life in Lochcarron in the 1790s; and the second account, by the
Rev. John Mackenzie, provides an equally interesting picture of the
Lochcarron community some fifty years later, surveyed under the broad
headings Topography and Natural History, Civil History, Population (and
habits of the people), Industry, Parochial Economy, and some other
observations. If you would like to look at the above documents in their
original format, you can do so at the EDINA website at the University of
The page images and text for the first and second
Statistical Accounts of Scotland are held in a database that has five main
areas, each of which is represented on screen by a tab. The service is
available free of charge to all users for the basic facilities of searching,
viewing and printing, and an enhanced subscription service with extra
features is available to bona fide researchers, but requires registration.
Searching and navigation is easy; if you want to view the first Statistical
Account for the parish of Lochcarron, first click on to Parish List in the
menu and tick whether you want to see the first (1791-1799) or second (1845)
account; select Ross and Cromarty from the County menu, and thereafter
select Lochcarron from the Parish menu, and then click on to the blue
‘volume 13 page 551’ link on the right, which will lead you to the
actual pages. The pages will load and open in a new window and from there
you can then view each page by clicking on ‘next page’ (or ‘previous
page’ etc.) as well as being able to toggle between normal and large page
Main home page:
Description of the Statistical Accounts of Scotland:
Alternatively, go by the direct route, by clicking here for the Lochcarron 1791-1799 account,
or, for the 1845 account, http://stat-acc-scot.edina.ac.uk/link/1834-45/Ross%20and%20Cromarty/Lochcarron/14/107/
if you do not have direct access, scroll down the page and click ‘Browse
pages,’ and thereafter click
‘External link’ to load the appropripate pages.
Click the “bookmark parish” button on the left for future quick
You can do the same for other nearby communities, for example (for 1791-1799
The Studio Jewellery Workshop & Gallery
Goldsmith Susam Plowman's studio is in nearby village of Achnasheen from which she sells her jewellery and silverware, as well as ceramics, glass, and woodcarvings. She mainly works to commission specialising in fine stone set jewellery and traditional enamelling techniques both Cloisonne and Plique-a-jour. A recent addition is a new Cafe built onto the rear of the workshop. The site also offer some local history, and accommodation information for Achnasheen, a tiny village (pop. 28) served by the Kyle railway and sitting at the foot of Bheinn Fionn in Strathbran.
Tobar an Dualchais/Kist o Riches
Tobar an Dualchais/Kist o Riches is a collaborative project which has been set up to preserve, catalogue, digitize, and make available online several thousand hours of Gaelic and Scots recordings. The website contains over 26,000 oral recordings made in Scotland and further afield, from the 1930s onwards. The items you can listen to include stories, folklore, songs, instrumental music, poetry as well as accounts of factual and historical information. The recordings come from the School of Scottish Studies at the University of Edinburgh, BBC Scotland, and the National Trust for Scotland's Canna Collection. For each recording it provides the date recorded/first transmitted, track duration, genre, language (English, Gaelic, Scots, other), collection details, and audio quality. Click ‘Play’ to listen to the recording. This is an enormously rich resource.
Use the advanced search facilities to find items relating to your own community: For example, listen to the
Ceòl mòr, The Laird of Applecross Salute (1954), played on the Highland bagpipe, while
Am ministear a bha na fhàidh/The prophetic minister (1980) is an account of a at one time minister in Lochcarron who was a reputedly a prophet. His name was Lachlan MacKenzie. He once informed his congregation about events at Waterloo before the news had arrived! On another occasion a soldier, who had been at one of his sermons, said that he had seen an angel standing beside the minister. Or listen to
Fàilte air a' Bhaile (1984) and hear Murdo Ali Matheson and John MacKenzie, who both live in Sheildaig (Shieldaig), reminisce about how the village was at one time. They discuss their first memories of the village, growing up there, employment, the fishing, the church, the school and the New Year. They also discuss the effect of incomers on the village, the oil platform work at Kishorn and how the use of Gaelic has declined in the area.
and local attractions
See also Lochcarron community & local news.
Located in a wonderful setting on the shores of Loch Carron, Attadale Gardens have recently been named the top garden to visit in Scotland by BBC's
Gardeners' World magazine. It is now one of the major local attractions in this part of the Highlands, and the gardens have enjoyed press notices in as far afield as Japan. Started by Baron Schroder in the late 19th century, the garden's hill paths roam through 20 acres of conifers and rhododendrons. The gardens were devastated by gales in the 1980's, but have since been lovingly restored, re-planted and re-designed by its present owner Nicky Macpherson, who has turned it into "an artist's garden", designed to frame and encapsulate the magnificent views towards the Isle of Skye and the surrounding hills. The gardens features include a water garden with sparkling ponds, waterfalls, and Monet foot-bridges; an old rhodendron walk, where rowan, maple, cherry and birch have been planted to provide a contrast with the dark green of the rhododendrons and the sheltering conifers; a Japanese garden, a Victorian sunken garden, a vegetable and herb garden, as well as an extensive fern collection housed in a geodesic dome. Contemporary sculptures are placed throughout the gardens. The website provides access to a complete list of the many plants that can be found in the gardens. A sales area in the tunnel sells a wide variety of ferns and other mainly damp loving plants - and where you might get an opportunity to meet the gardeners - and there is also a DIY tea room.
Part of the Attadale Estate, the Attadale gardens are located on the A890 between Strathcarron and South Strome, and has its own railway 'halt on demand' station on the picturesque Inverness to Kyle line. It is open from 10am to 5.30pm from April to the end October (closed on Sundays).
Set in a dramatic landscape, the Bealach-na-Ba (Gaelic, "Pass of the Cattle") is one of the UK's biggest road climbs at 2,053ft (626m) from sea level in just 6 miles or 10km. It is a twisting single-track road with tight hairpin bends and steep gradients of up to 20%, and can be quite treacherous during the winter months, when it is frequently impassable because of heavy snow. The climb starts at Tornapress on the A896, a few miles to the West of Lochcarron, and ends in the isolated village of Applecross (until the late 20th century the Bealach-na-Ba was the only road linking Applecross with the rest of the country). On many local websites the Bealach-na-Ba is cited as "the highest" or "second highest" mountain pass in the UK. Neither claim is strictly speaking correct, and it depends on your interpretation of what constitutes high roads and passes in Great Britain, and their road surface. In an interesting two-part
Compendium of High Roads and Road Passes in Great Britain at http://www.hodology.com/ its author, Alan Kind, states that in order to meet the criteria it must be "a high road or road pass that is a public road historically open to vehicles (vehicles includes pedal bicycles), which connect two valleys, settlements, or other roads, by way of crossing a hill, col, or ridge between. The road must be, or have been, metalled for all, or substantially most, of its length." Based on that criteria, and which includes roads without asphalt or tarmac surface, the Bealach-na-Ba is only in 12th position. However, in as far as it climbs to 2,053 feet starting from close to sea level, it does make it by far the highest net climb in Great Britain. And whatever its position in the "league table" if you visit Wester Ross, traversing the spectacular Bealach-na-Ba is a must for enthusiastic cyclists, bikers, as well as a must-do drive for those going by car. Be warned though: in adverse weather conditions it could be something of a daunting task for drivers of a nervous disposition! The Bealach-na-Ba does not have a dedicated website, but you might enjoy watching some of these YouTube videos
Calum’s Plockton Seal Trips
Operating out of Plockton, Calum Mackenzie and the crew of the 'Sula Mhor' offer one hour seal trips on the waters of Loch Carron, with a unique guarantee—if no seals are spotted the trip is free! Sailings take place every day from April to October, with up to four cruises a day from a choice of departure points in the village, depending on the tides and the west coast weather. The MV 'Sula Mhor' is a fully licensed 51 foot wooden vessel that can carry up to 50 passengers and carries a life raft for 65 persons and full safety equipment. It has an upper deck for up to 17 people, giving great views of the scenery and wildlife. It also has toilet facilities and
a licensed bar serving hot and cold drinks, and snacks. In addition to the seal trips Calum offers half-hour cruises around the harbour in the evenings, as well as evening fishing and music cruises.
Tery McCowan's textile design and print studio, operating from premises in the old scullery of Applecross Estate, offers a variety of attractive hand printed products, including a contemporary range of Scottish-themed childrens' T-shirts, and Applecross gift items such as aprons, tea towels and shopper bags.
Highland Dreams Relocation Agency
Operating from the shores of Loch Ewe in the heart of Wester Ross, Nicola Taylor's agency provides assistance, practical advice, and dossiers of essential information for those who feel stressed out with an urban lifestyle, and may be contemplating relocation to the Wester Ross area of the Scottish Highlands.
James Mould Business Services
A local enterprise offering a personalized service for small businesses in the Scottish Highlands. Services include
website design - and advice on the use of the Internet as a promotion and marketing tool - data processing, and mail merge.
Laura's Cottage Kitchen
Laura Gauna's Cottage Kitchen is a home baking business in the village of Lochluichart in Wester Ross, making both traditional and gluten-free products. She supplies cafes, hotels and shops in the area, sells her products at most markets in Ross-shire, as well as by mail order. This blog has details of her home baking and catering services, a range of recipes, and information and dates about produce fairs and markets at which she will have a presence.
Lochcarron and District Business Association
The website of the Lochcarron & District Business Association (LaDBA) offers a very wide variety of information on Lochcarron and its community as well as places nearby- attractions, local services, leisure and outdoor activities, exploring the area, where to stay, places to eat, and more, together with a regularly updated calendar of local events during the year. There is also a searchable directory of local business and community organizations, with full contact addresses, descriptive information, and links to websites (where available), as well as an excellent links section. LaDBA has also published a small range of attractively produced illustrated local guide books, including the Lochcarron
Fishing Guide, and a Guide to Local Walks and Visitor Amenities. Modestly priced, they can be ordered online, while a brochure about the region is available as a free download.
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lochcarron-District-Business-Association/113656638718316
Lochcarron Food Centre/SPAR shop
The Lochcarron Food Centre is a licensed shop/small supermarket and filling station situated in the centre of Lochcarron village, and which also serves as the local post office. Open 7 days a week, it is a family-run business with friendly and helpful staff, offering a very wide range of food, drinks, groceries, newspapers and magazines, gift items and souvenirs, post cards, stationery, as well as books, DVDs, maps and guides. On the upper floor you’ll find a remarkably well-stocked household and DIY section. If you are you planning to stay in a local self-catering holiday cottage you may also be interested in its home delivery service, which will deliver your essential shopping to the cottage ready for your arrival. (An order form is included on the website).
Lochcarron Fire Brigade
Part of the Highlands & Islands Fire Brigade, Lochcarron has its own part-time fire brigade equipped with a small appliance and it has a wee fire station. As a small local unit it also does a great deal of work to raise awareness about fire prevention, which has recently included a campaign to make Lochcarron the first village in the UK to have smoke detectors fitted in every home-for free!
The Lochcarron Garage provides all the usual garage services, including vehicle recovery and MOT testing (which can be booked online), as well as running a small grocery shop, which also sells a variety of household products, toiletries, newspapers and magazines, and more. Additionally the website offers some local news, a notice board, and a picture gallery.
The Lochcarron Library
The small public library in the Howard Doris Centre provides adult lending and reference
facilities, as well as maintaining a children’s library. The library organizes
frequent book promotional and reading events and competitions for children.
Lochcarron Weavers/Lochcarron of Scotland
The Lochcarron Weavers have produced tartans for over three generations. Although their headquarters are now in Galashiels, they still maintain premises in Lochcarron, which are located some two miles from the village on the road to Strome, and where tartan was still woven on the old looms until very recently. The shop offers a wide range of knitwear, tartan and tweeds, as well as a variety of gift items. From Easter until the end of October it is open Monday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm. (Winter hours, November until Easter, are Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm.)
Plockton High School/Ard-Sgoil A' Phluic
Secondary school pupils in Lochcarron take a 40 minute bus trip every day to get to their local school, the Plockton High School in the picturesque fishing village of Plockton in Wester Ross (see also
http://www.plockton.com/). The school serves a large rural catchment area and enjoys a reputation for excellence. One of Plockton High School's strengths is its extensive range of extra-curricular activities. For example, it is the home of the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music
http://www.musicplockton.org, which provides an opportunity for young Scottish traditional musicians to develop their skills. Performances are held regularly, and the Centre offers tuition in pipes, fiddle, accordion, clàrsach, piano, guitar, whistle, flute and both Gaelic and Scots song. And the school's Head of Computing and a team of school pupils, in association with a small local charity, are involved in a 'Computers for Africa' initiative that aims to bridge the digital divide in Africa by supplying computers and provide IT training in primary and secondary schools in rural areas of Lesotho, South Africa and Zimbabwe. A school brochure can be downloaded from the website, and the site also offers video links with short presentations by members of staff.
Smithy Heritage Centre
Located in a restored smithy and forge in 'Ribhuachan' (just past the golf course, about two miles out of Lochcarron on the road to Inverness), the Smithy Heritage Centre has a permanent exhibition of local history, together with videos and displays of archival photographs. Outside there is a picnic site and walk. The Smithy has also published a number of useful guides to local history and the area's archaeology. Open from April to October.
Note: the Smithy does not have a website of its own at this time, but the pages on the URL below provide a description which appeared on the Clan Smith Society website.
A recent photograph of the Smithy by Alex Ingram can be found at
The Strathcarron Centre (located in part of the Strathcarron Station building) incorporates a community Learning Centre specialising in rural skills training, a Visitor Information Centre with seasonal exhibitions, and a Post Office/Store offering public Internet access.
This page offers a short guide to Strome Castle, the ruins of which can be found a few miles outside Lochcarron on the road to Ardaneaskan, romantically situated on a rocky promontory jutting into Loch Carron. Originally built in the 14th century as part of the Earldom of Ross, it was later held by the MacDonalds of Glengarry, but was blown up by the marauding MacKenzies of Kintail in 1602. While there is not much left of the castle there are some wonderful views here looking towards Skye and the Cuillin mountains.
Note: for more background, see http://www.scotclans.com/bletherskite/?tag=strome-castle, which also has a couple of videos from Flickr.
Stuart MacLeod’s business of Scottish hardwoods cabinet-making, joinery, and kiln drying is based at the Lochcarron Industrial Estate. Joinery and construction work undertaken can vary from basic repairs to major renovations, and Woodworkz can also supply a full variety of local Scottish hardwoods.
Focus on Lochcarron
This is part of the “Undiscovered Scotland” online guide. The
pages on Lochcarron provide basic information about the village, local services and
facilities, and links to hotels, guest houses and self catering accommodation. It states,
rightly, that “Lochcarron tends not to feature prominently in guides to north west
Scotland, which is a shame.” Amen to that!
Originally compiled by Peter Reynolds, and now maintained and kept up-to date by James Mould,
this useful directory is one of the most comprehensive collections of links about Lochcarron. It also includes links to some photographs and descriptions, visitors' impressions, as well as zoomable maps of the area.
Highland & Community Council Websites/Community groups
The area of the
Applecross Community Council (or the Applecross Ward) is that part of the
Applecross peninsula south of an imaginary line from Fearnabeg to Tornapress
including up to Fearnamore and the Kishorn base, also known colloquially as
the Howard Doris site. This website includes the Minutes of the Community
Council’s most recent meetings, an archive of Minutes of past meetings in
pdf format (going back to 2004), the Chairman’s report for the year (at
this time for the 2006-2007 period), together with detailed information
about health care in the area. The site also features some striking
photographs by Judi Fish of the famous, or notorious, Bealach na Ba hairpin
pass which links Applecross from Tornapress/Kishorn and the Lochcarron area,
and which, at 626 metres/2053 feet, is the highest mountain road in
Scotland. (The alternative route to Applecross, which prior 1975 was only a
footpath, is the North coast road from Shieldaig, which is also a narrow,
exposed, single-track road with passing places.).
Highland Council. Environmental Health Department, Inspection Reports
The Higland Council's Environmental Health department forms part of its Transport, Environmental & Community Services. A key goal of the section is to promote or enforce standards that preserve public health, public safety and protect the environment. This
website lists businesses that have had food and premises inspections carried out since April 2005, most them reports relating to food hygiene and food standards. The pages for the link below are for Ross & Cromarty establishments, listed in alphabetical order by name. Clicking on any of them brings up the inspection report, with all references to regulations referring to the Food Safety (General Food Hygiene) Regulations 1995. From
you can also view inspection reports for premises in other areas, for example in Inverness, or the Skye and Lochalsh area, or you can use the search facilities to find a particular establishment or business. These include hotels, guest houses, restaurants, food shops, bakeries, and butchers, and there also reports about care homes and schools that have been inspected. This is a very useful public service.
Highland Historic Environment Record
This is an exciting new initiative by the Highlands Council. The Highland Historic Environment Record (HER) is a database that contains information about tens of thousands of historic buildings, archaeological sites and finds dating from earliest prehistory through to the present day, and now freely accessible online through these web pages. The online HER is fully searchable, using the either an interactive map, or using the search facility at
where you enter a keyword, time period and/or location in the search form; or you can search for all time periods. You can also find out about the archaeology of the Highlands using the thematic links in the left-hand pane on the search page.
Loch Torridon Community Centre
Built and operated with the generous support of a number of funding partners, the Loch Torridon Community Centre acts as a focal point for the local community and visitors to the area, as well as being a modern, most attractively designed multi-purpose facility. Open six days a week during the summer season (Easter to October 10am to 4pm, closed on Sundays, reduced hours November to Easter), it provides a conference centre; a function venue for community events, drama performances and concerts; exhibition and gallery space showcasing the work of local artists and craft workers (available for sale); sports and health/fitness facilities and classes; live entertainment events and a licensed bar, as well as providing local tourist information. Office space is also available for rent. And fortnightly on Fridays, from 12 noon to 2pm, a 'Strupag' (Gaelic for a cup of tea) offers homemade soups freshly made sandwiches, home baking, fruit salads, yoghurt and more, where you can eat as much or as little as you like for a minimum donation of £4.50.
Ross-shire Waste Action
RoWAN is a community group which aims to involve a
wide range of local people and organizations in improving waste management
in Ross-shire. It seeks to achieve this by raising awareness of the waste
issue, providing practical support to households and communities to reduce
waste, and by promoting more sustainable waste management. Building on the success of its initial
Waste-Free Households project, RoWAN is now undertaking a second major
venture, its Waste-Free RCV project. Based on the principles of the
Waste-Free Households project, RoWAN will work closely with the Highland
Council to offer a package of support to a much larger group of households
(approx 4,000) in Ross-shire. The website also has a useful A-Z of Waste
Minimization for different products and materials, with tips for recycling,
composting, donating to charities, safe disposing, and suggesting ways that will help to cut down
is a small rural community in Wester Ross, and this new website offers a forum for its Community Council and other community organizations and
groups representing and working for the people of Shieldaig. It is intended
to serve as a communication point for information about the various
organizations and the work that they do, and to provide a forum for feedback
from members of the community and others on issues which affect them. The
site includes agendas and minutes of Council meetings, current planning
applications, and local consultations. There is also a page devoted to the Torridon
& District Playgroup.
Wester Ross Alliance
Wester Ross Alliance is a community development organization, set up as a company limited by guarantee in the North West Highlands of Scotland. Its primary objective is "to bring together the residents and organizations of Wester Ross to promote the sustainable development of the area as a prosperous and socially inclusive place where all may enjoy a high-quality of life, well-being and self-confidence, now and for generations to come." The website offers details of its current projects, a directory of members of the Alliance, access to a number of official documents, news about its activities, a discussion forum, and more.
Wester Ross Local Plan
Council adopted the Wester Ross Local Plan on 29th June 2006. The Local Plan
covers the area from Achiltibuie in the north to Lochcarron in the south,
and sets in place the land use planning framework for the area for the next
five years. Print versions of the plan can be consulted at the Council
Service point in Lochcarron and Lochcarron Library (as well as Council
Service points and libraries elsewhere in Wester Ross)
Wester Ross Plan:
If you want to know what the Local Plan says
about a particular area, this online version allows you to create a
customised report at the click of a button.
The plan for the Lochcarron Settlement Area (which
include maps showing draft land-use allocations such as housing) can be
However this is quite a
large pdf file of 3,728kb and may take some time in loading for those without broadband
accommodation, restaurants, and shops (in Lochcarron and nearby)
Airdaniar Croft Cottage
A traditional stone built croft cottage recently refurbished and now offering self-catering accommodation. The cottage is well equipped and is just off the Applecross coast road (8 miles from Applecross village) in a wonderfully secluded and tranquil setting, with stunning views over the Inner Sound towards Raasay, Rona and the Trotternish area of Skye. Other attractions include a walled cottage garden, a herb garden, and a wild garden with patio, furniture and barbecue.
Allt-A-Chuirn Bed & Breakfast
Conveniently located at the west end of Lochcarron village - and just a few minutes walk from all local facilities - the recently refurbished Allt-A-Chuirn Bed & Breakfast offers two large en-suite rooms: one which has a double bed plus a futon which can be used to provide additional sleeping space for families; and another one that can be arranged as either a super king-sized bed or twin single beds as required. Evening meals can be provided by prior arrangement.
The Applecross Campsite (open from April to November) is situated just above the village of Applecross on the Applecross peninsula. The campsite occupies over six acres of open field camping space, offering spectacular views of the Inner Sound looking towards the islands of Raasay, Rhona and the Black Cuillin mountains of Skye. It has room for sixty tents, motor homes and touring caravans, while its heated camping huts provide affordable accommodation during the colder times of the year, and it is also possible to rent a static caravan for maximum comfort. The campsite includes a hot water shower block, a laundry room with a washing machine, tumble dryer and a payphone, electric hook-up points, and a licensed cafe with Internet access. With no mobile phone reception possible the emphasis is very much on tranquillity and relaxation! Full tariff and online booking information is available at the website.
The Applecross Inn
An Inn of great charm and character in a stunning remote location, and with a lively bar. It has deservedly earned numerous accolades for its outstanding cuisine and warm, unpretentious hospitality, and for the consistency in the quality and freshness of the food on offer. Seafood, most of it locally sourced, is its speciality, and the owner of the Applecross Inn is the appropriately named Judith Fish. Dishes include whole Applecross Bay prawns, dressed crab salad, king scallops, salmon, squat lobster, or seafood linguine. However, its humble haddock in crispy beer batter is also hugely popular, and it is probably the best fish and chips you can have anywhere in Wester Ross. A variety of specials – for example lamb dishes or Applecross Estate venison casserole – are usually displayed on the blackboard menu, which changes daily. In fine weather you can sit outside in the summer beer garden adjacent to the sea and enjoy the wonderful views. Meals are served all day from 12 noon to 9 pm, but it is generally a good idea to avoid peak times, especially during the summer period.
Applecross Walled Garden & The Potting Shed Cafe and Restaurant
The Applecross Walled Garden and the Potting Shed Cafe and Restaurant lie in the heart of the Applecross Estate in Wester Ross at the western end of the Bealach-na-Ba, the famous twisting, single-track mountain
pass. Less than half a mile from the sea, on the Inner Sound of Raasay in Applecross, it offers locally caught fish and shellfish from sustainable fisheries, an abundance of fresh vegetables and fruit sourced directly from its gardens, local venison and organic lamb from the surrounding hills and crofts, wild mushrooms from the woods, as well as home baking. The Potting Shed Cafe & Restaurant can also provide a highly romantic venue for Highland weddings, as it holds a licence for civil marriage ceremonies.
Attadale Estate & Gardens
A 32,000 acre estate, stretching from the south shore of Loch Carron to Loch Monar. The estate has four luxury holiday cottages to let and its beautiful gardens are open to the public for a modest charge. (See separate entry for Attadale Gardens in the section
Businesses, services, and local attractions). The website also offers pages on hill walking and fishing for trout and pike in the numerous hill lochs on the estate. Attadale is served by its own train station on the line to Kyle of Lochalsh.
A modern bungalow offering bed and breakfast accommodation in a quiet road just above Lochcarron, with spectacular views over Loch Carron and the mountains beyond. One double, one family and one twin room is available. Residents lounge. Bathroom and shower room. A full Highland breakfast is provided to guests.
Big Dan's Croft
Situated at the far west end of Lochcarron in a quiet rural location on the edge of the village, Big Dan's Croft is a fully centrally heated detached one-bedroom bungalow, providing comfortable self-catering holiday accommodation for two people. A new “sister” property called Wellington’s View will shortly become available to let. The accommodation will be virtually identical to that in Big Dan’s Croft, but the additional property will offer exceptionally attractive views overlooking the length of Loch Carron.
Blackwood is a working croft situated within
the Arinackaig Estate, amidst hill walking terrain, and is located just off
a very quiet side road approximately one mile north east of Strathcarron
railway station. Modern in design, the 2-bedroom holiday accommodation is in
a self-contained apartment on the upper floor of the main croft house. It
will sleep up to 4 people, and is light and spacious with fine panoramic
Debbie and Kenny Murray’s cottage is situated towards the west end of Lochcarron village and enjoys lovely views of Loch Carron and the mountains to the south, looking across the water towards Attadale. The property stands on a quiet side road and is about one mile from the village centre where there are shops, a pub and restaurants.
Camusaluinn Self Catering Holiday Cottage
A traditional Highland stone cottage, formerly the village shop in Annat,
Torridon, and idyllically situated on the shores of Upper Loch Torridon. The cottage has been completely renovated and modernised into an attractive 2-bedroomed self catering property, with accommodation for up to four people.
Ceilidh Place Hotel - Ullapool
On the south shore of Loch Carron at Cam-allt, just outside Strathcarron, this
family-run restaurant offers home baking and cooking, uses locally grown produce
whenever possible, and all meat and fish dishes are freshly prepared on the
chargrill. Also serves a variety of home made vegetarian dishes. The Carron
Pottery, Craft Shop and Art Gallery is
next door to the restaurant.
The Ceilidh Place Hotel is some distance away from Lochcarron, but if you are heading further up north, towards Ullapool and Sutherland, this is definitely the place to stay. Recently, and deservedly, voted as the best hotel in the "Good for the Soul" category in the 2005 Hotel Review Scotland awards (see
), the Ceilidh* Place describes itself as "a hotel in Ullapool at the end of the A835 and the centre of the universe." And it is a bit more too: unpretentious, laid-back yet homely, it is a meeting place for good food and drink (the cooking is wholesome and imaginative), good conversation, singing and dancing, and the hotel also houses what is probably the best bookshop in the West Highlands. It was started in 1970 as a small café at Broomview Cottage in West Argyle Street, by late Robert
Urquhart, who was born there in 1921. That is where it is still today, but over the years has grown into this rather unique establishment. The hotel offers 13 rooms, as well as accommodation in an inexpensive bunkhouse. Each of the rooms is named in honour of a contemporary Scottish writer, and an eclectic selection of books can be found in each of the rooms. You can browse the list of books on the
*What is a Ceilidh?
Pronounced "Kay-lee", it derives from the Gaelic word meaning "a visit"; but it can also mean a party, a concert, an event with music, dance, poetry and story-telling, or, more commonly, an evening of Scottish folk music and traditional dancing.
Self Catering Holiday Chalet
the Clisham Guest House and located on Main Street in Lochcarron village
just across the road from the shore of Loch Carron, the Clisham is now under
the new ownership of Rita Sykes. It offers self catering accommodation for 2
to 4 people. The holiday accommodation is in a separate chalet which stands
in an elevated position to the rear of the owner's property.
Surrounded by dramatic landscape this charming detached cottage - a former croft house built in the 1890s, sympathetically renovated and modernized - offers self-catering accommodation sleeping up to six people. The house is set in its own ground and backs on to open moorland, close to paths. Lochcarron village is nearby. The site includes some interesting information about local wildlife and the environment, including geology, plants, mosses and lichens, and other vegetation. There are also suggestions for walks in the area, both easy and challenging.
A self catering holiday cottage situated on a quiet side road at Slumbay, towards the west end of
Lochcarron village, which offers attractive sea views across Loch Carron and
the mountains to the south. It s convenient for local facilities of pubs,
restaurants and shops in the centre of Lochcarron village, which is less
than a mile away. Sleeps 4.
Doneve Scottish Self Catering Holidays
Offers two modern self-catering bungalows adjacent to each other in a quiet side road just above Lochcarron village, and thus benefiting from an elevated position with panoramic views south across Loch Carron towards
Attadale. “Strathardle” can accommodate up to seven people, while “Tarlogie” will sleep up to four. Download descriptive brochures about the two properties (in pdf format) at the site.
Gardener's Cottage is a traditional detached Highland cottage in Tullich, Lochcarron, which has been attractively modernised and provides comfortable self-catering accommodation for 4/5 people. The property is situated in a quiet rural location just off a private drive, approximately ¼ mile from the A896 main road, well away from traffic noise.
Gerry's Achnashellach Hostel
Gerry Howkins's independent hostel offers comfortable accommodation in a "hobbit-style environment" and in an idyllic remote setting. The property was originally built as two semi-detached cottages to house rail workers and their families when the West Coast Railway was created. The railway line is on one side of the hostel, the road on the other. Accommodation is available for up to 20 in three rooms, and there are two small family rooms and a common room with log fire. Fully equipped kitchen, small food store and drying room. Showers, blankets and duvets are supplied; sheets available for hire. The non-smoking hostel, which is open throughout the year, is located in Craig on the A890 between Achnasheen and Lochcarron, and is 2 miles east of Achnashellach railway station on the Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh line.
Glayva Luxury Holiday Cottage
Completely renovated in 2009, this attractively furnished self-catering cottage on Lochcarron's Main Street, just across the road from the shores of Loch
Carron, sleeps four people in comfort. The owners aim to provide touches of luxury by, for example, a double ended bath with a waterfall feature tap, a shower room with heated floor tiling, a wood burning stove, an iPod dock, and more. You can also watch a video on this site of dolphins in Loch
Carron, chasing a boat-while the boat owner's dog yelps furiously!
If you are travelling to the Isle of Skye on the Glenelg Skye Ferry (http://www.skyeferry.co.uk/, see also separate entry under
http://www.hanszell.co.uk/lochcarron.shtml#travel) stop at the Glenelg Inn for a good pub lunch; or stay overnight in one of the comfortable seven rooms (check out rotating/panoramic views of the bedrooms on the hotel's
website), and enjoy excellent Scottish cuisine in the evenings. The hotel, originally an old coaching mews, is in a lovely setting, and during summer time you can have lunch in the garden, overlooking Glenelg Bay and the Isle of Skye. Bestselling travel writer Bill Bryson found it "sublimely cozy…an outpost of comfort and graciousness". The hotel is presided over by landlord Chris Main, who, in another hotel review, is described by Radio 5 DJ Nicki Campbell as "a sort of Scottish Basil Fawlty"-albeit in a more affectionate sense! Nearby, about a mile and a half south of the village (up a side road in a field, but well signposted) are the remains of the Glenelg Broch Towers, two defensive towers, Dun Telve and Dun Troddan, thought to have been erected about 2000 years ago and occupied by families of Picts, the ancient people inhabiting northern Scotland in Roman times.
Found in a picturesque valley surrounded by natural woodland and pine forests, Glenview (self-catering) Cottage enjoys uninterrupted views of largely unspoilt natural habitat rich in wildlife. Situated in the small rural hamlet of Achmore in Ross-shire, it is 7 miles from the village of Plockton. Glenview offers accommodation for up to 6 people (2 double bedrooms and 1 twin bedded room).
Alastair Baxter's and Carol Cocks's Gracie's Cottage is a traditional stone built cottage situated on the sea shore of Loch Kishorn, offering panoramic views to the Applecross Hills and the famous Bealach-na-Ba pass. Completely restored in 2003, the cottage has central heating throughout, and can comfortably accommodate up to four people. A well-stocked small village shop and a seafood restaurant in Kishorn are within walking distance, and more shopping facilities are available in nearby
A self catering holiday cottage at the west end of the village, just
beyond Port na Criche. It offers
comfortable and well appointed accommodation in an attractive setting, and is
convenient for the local facilities such as pubs, restaurants and shops in the
centre of Lochcarron village, approximately 1½ miles away. The cottage
has 4 bedrooms and sleeps 5/6 people. Download a brochure on the site.
Kishorn Seafood Bar
Viv Rollo’s seafood
restaurant is located in Sanachan, near Loch Kishorn, on the A896 to
Shieldaig, and is about six miles from Lochcarron. Fully licensed, it
is open from early April through late September each year. All its shellfish
is locally sourced using sustainable methods of production or capture, and
includes Oysters, Prawns and Squat Lobster from Loch Kishorn, Mussels and
Queen Scallops from Lochcarron; and Crab, King Scallops, Lobster, Smoked and
Fresh Salmon are also obtained locally. These are all simply cooked and
served along Spanish lines. Its Seafood Platter is highly popular and has
recently won a ‘Best of Wester
Ross Award’ for 2006. The premises are open plan so customers can
watch and talk to the owners/cooks as their meal is prepared. Check out
produce and sample menus on the website, available in several
languages—enterprisingly, even in Polish, to serve the region’s growing
Ledgowan Lodge Hotel
The 3-star Ledgowan Lodge Hotel situated just outside Achnasheen (and see also http://www.achnasheen.uk.com/
below) was originally built as a hunting lodge at the start of the last century, but was then converted into a country house hotel retaining most of its original charm and character. The hotel has a functions suite for weddings and other special occasions and there are also conference facilities for up to 40 delegates. Each of the en suite bedrooms still convey the period look with antique wardrobes and dressing tables decorating most rooms, but combining this with a variety of modern amenities including bath with shower, hair dryer, TV with satellite channels, direct dial telephone, and tea and coffee making facilities. And for cognoscenti of fine Scotch, an antique showcase in the reception hall displays an extensive collection of rare malt whiskies.
Loch Maree Hotel
Built on the shores of Loch Maree in 1872, this hotel has a distinct Victorian feel (indeed Queen Victoria stayed in the hotel in 1877), and as there are no buildings or street lights nearby it offers peaceful tranquility amidst wonderful scenery and stunning views. Loch Maree is perhaps one of the most beautiful lochs in the Highlands and many songs have been written about it. In addition to its hotel rooms, the Loch Maree Hotel also has self-catering accommodation: 'The Cabin', adjacent to the hotel, a fully furnished, self-contained wooden chalet that comfortably sleeps up to 8 people and has a well equipped kitchen, large communal area complete with TV, DVD player, and a wood burning stove.
A well presented cooperative website and central letting agency for eight holiday properties in
Lochcarron, with very full information (and pictures) on all the properties, most of them centrally located on the sea front. The site also offers information about local attractions and amenities.
main hotel, the Lochcarron Hotel, has been missing from these pages for some
time, but now has a new owner, Tracey Gough and family, and also has a
new website, and so we are glad to reinstate it. Formerly a drover’s inn (a wayside inn and watering hole for livestock traders), the hotel retains most of its traditional
character, with the original part of
the building dating
back to the 1880’s.
The hotel has ten rooms (all except one with private facilities), six of
which are at the front of the hotel and have fine views across Loch Carron
and the mountains beyond. A
bar menu is available all day from 12 noon to 9pm while the à la carte
restaurant menu is available in the evening from 6pm onwards during the high
season. Seasonal specials are available regularly and, where possible, are
sourced from local produce. The two menus are both available to
non-residents of the hotel, as is breakfast, which is served from 8-10am
seven days a week. Live music most weekends. Download the hotel’s
brochure at the website.
Lotta Dubh is a modern family run bed & breakfast establishment in Ardaneaskan (6 miles from
Lochcarron), set amidst the stunning scenery of Wester Ross. Some rooms overlook the sea and the Cuillin Hills on the Isle of
Skye. It is an ideal base for hillwalkers and those wishing to tour the surrounding area.
Nanny's is a wee shop and café on the Shieldaig village seafront that has an interesting history: a few years ago a little shop in a small corrugated iron building in the village put up the shutters, apparently for the last time. It had stocked everything from food to calor gas and coal, and had been run by Nanny Grant since 1950, and before that by her dad, Sandy Grant, who built it in 1918. Since he in turn had been carrying on a family tradition going back deep into the 19th century, it seemed like the end of an era when Nanny died at the age of 73. However, building on a strong nostalgia for the past, two enterprising women in Shieldaig, Lynn Frost and Lisa O'Brien, have reopened the shop and have named the new business "Nanny's", now serving not only as a shop but also a small café and bistro, as well as take away service. It offers a limited but imaginative range of freshly prepared food and home baking, including soups and sandwiches, brownies made with Green and Black's dark chocolate, millionaire's shortbread (a shortbread biscuit base, caramel filling, plus milk chocolate topping), scones, a variety of teas, cappuccinos, espressos, lattes, hot chocolate, etc. as well as homemade milkshakes and smoothies. The shop itself sells locally smoked salmon from the Torridon Smokehouse, and also stocks local crafts, candles, soap, jewellery, stained glass, eco-friendly bags and knitwear, and gifts for children, all made in the local community.
A tastefully modernised and extended traditional Highland cottage, situated on a quiet side road towards the west end of Lochcarron village. Comfortable and well appointed, it has 4 bedrooms and will sleep up to 8 people. The cottage stands in an elevated position above road level and there are fine views to the south across Loch Carron towards Attadale.
The Old Byre, Arinacrinachd
The Old Byre is located at Arinacrinachd, on the Applecross peninsula (some 15 miles from Applecross on the coast road, or about 17 miles from Torridon), and offers stunning views over Loch Torridon and the mountains beyond. This self-catering accommodation is in a converted country byre and is suitable for up to four people.
The Old Manse
Offers luxury bed and breakfast accommodation in a recently refurbished granite vicarage, enjoying splendid views overlooking Loch Carron. The property is on the outskirts of Lochcarron, but within easy walking distance to the village shop, bank, and other amenities. Accommodation comprises two double bedrooms, two twin bedrooms, and one single ground floor bedroom, all with en suite facilities with toilet and shower or bath, tea/coffee making facilities, and TV.
The tariff is from £30.00 to £65.00 per room per night.
Pathend Bed and Breakfast
This new loch-side B&B on Main Street, in a Victorian former Factor’s house, offers two comfortable, spacious, and well-equipped rooms with traditional features. Both rooms enjoy lovely views over Loch Carron and to the hills beyond. The accommodation consists of a double room with king-sized bed and an adjacent private shower room; and a family room with a king-size as well as a single bed, and en-suite bathroom. A hearty breakfast is provided, see breakfast menu on the website! Evening meals and packed lunches are also available with prior notice. Rates are £35 per person per night in the high season and £30 in the low season. Single occupancy rates in the double room are also available.
Plockton Shores Restaurant
Nestling on the shores of Loch Carron, Ian and Anne James's Plockton Shores Restaurant currently enjoys the top spot in TripAdvisor ranking it as the no. 1 among places to eat in this picturesque seaside village in the Scottish Highlands. It has been praised for its friendly and welcoming service, imaginative menu, consistently high quality, and good value. Seafood dishes include its famous cullen skink, flaked smoked haddock, fresh local sea bass fillets, and scallops hand dived off the local coasts, in addition to a selection of meat and vegetarian dishes, including veggie haggis and neeps! There is a separate lunch and (more extensive) dinner menu, while snacks and hot meals are available throughout the day. The restaurant also has a small adjoining grocery shop.
Rockvilla Guest House and Licensed Restaurant
The Rockvilla Guest House (formerly Rockvilla Hotel), a small family-run business centrally located on Main Street in Lochcarron, has recently undergone major refurbishment and the owners, Pete and Wendy Bartlett, have now also launched a new website. The Guest House offers three comfortable rooms with views over Loch Carron and the hills beyond (1 Family room, twin plus double, with en-suite facilities, 1 Kingsize double room with private facilities, and 1 twin bedded room with private facilities). The restaurant on the same premises serves homemade, for the most part locally-sourced food, and is open daily to residents and non-residents during the summer months (evenings only). A sample menu can be viewed at the website.
The Sithean is a modern, newly-built home owned – and now also operated as a B&B – by former hoteliers Lorna and Ken Wheelan. It offers high quality accommodation in a lovely setting on the outskirts of Lochcarron. Accommodation consists of two double bedrooms, which are both furnished to a high standard and are well equipped. Rates for room and breakfast, based on two persons sharing, are £30 per person per night. There is a supplementary charge for single occupancy.
A traditional Highland stone cottage in very quiet rural position just outside
Lochcarron, but within a short distance of all the local amenities in the village. This self-catering accommodation sleeps two people, and is situated in open estate land approximately one third of a mile from the main road, enjoying very attractive views of the surrounding mountains.
Set in a scenic location overlooking Loch Carron - and, if you are visiting by train, very conveniently located next door to Strathcarron railway station on the scenic North Highlands route from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh - the Strathcarron Hotel offers 11 en suite rooms, a restaurant, bar, and beer garden. Its regularly changing menu includes several vegetarian options. The hotel hosts regular live music events and other entertainment.
A modern two-bedroom bungalow in a quiet semi-rural location in Croft Road, Lochcarron. The property is south-facing in an elevated position with attractive views across Loch Carron towards Attadale and the mountains to the south. All local village amenities are within a few minutes' easy walk.
Tigh An Eilean Hotel, Shieldaig
This small family-run hotel is in an idyllic setting on the shoreline of the pretty village of Shieldaig on the southern shore of Loch Torridon. It has 11 en-suite bedrooms, most with sea views. Its award-winning restaurant enjoys a well-deserved reputation for the high quality of its cooking, offering sea food specialities and other local produce. You also have the option of eating in its Coastal Kitchen restaurant and wee pub next door
(http://www.shieldaigbarandcoastalkitchen.co.uk/, website coming soon), more casual but with just the same enthusiasm for the best of local produce, and which is also open to non-residents.
Tigh Charran Self Catering Flat, Lochcarron
This modern, comprehensively equipped self-catering apartment is situated in an enviable elevated position on the south-facing hillside of Lochcarron, offering panoramic views across the loch and the mountains. The property is fully furnished and provides comfortable accommodation for two people.
The Torridon is a castle-like luxury hotel situated in a remote and idyllic location at the head of Loch Torridon in Wester Ross. It offers 19 bedrooms with stunning views "and the utmost in comfort and luxury on the West coast of Scotland." The hotel has received many accolades over the years, both for the quality of its rooms and its fine cuisine and most recently it beat off competition from prestigious central Scotland luxury finalists to be named the Scottish Hotel of the Year 2011, winning this award for a second time. The Torridon Restaurant is a 3 AA rosette fine dining establishment, offering a 5 course table d'hôte menu prepared by its award winning chef Jason 'Bruno' Birkbeck, whose skills were recently featured on BBC2?s 'Great British Menu' programme. This is a luxury hotel and this is inevitably reflected in the accommodation tariff and the restaurant prices. However, it also operates an associated property next door to the hotel, the Torridon Inn, which offers good value, modestly priced en-suite accommodation, and which has its own restaurant (open to non-residents). Also part of the Torridon stable is the Torridon Boat House, described as "the ultimate in peace and seclusion", a self-contained two bedroomed conversion, just a few steps away from the shores of the loch with its own road and jetty, and which can accommodate up to four people.
Jim Mould's holiday letting agency with details and photographs of the various properties that the agency looks after (some of which are also represented with individual links in this section). Additionally, the site offers a variety of information about
Lochcarron, and things to do and see.
Waterside Apartment, Lochcarron
A self-catering holiday apartment centrally located in the village of Lochcarron, convenient to all local amenities, and with very attractive views across Loch Carron and the hills to the South. It contains three bedrooms and can sleep up to eight people. The site also offers some general information about Lochcarron, places to visit, etc.
Wee Campsite, Lochcarron
A small campsite located in an attractive location above the village, one road back from the shore in private, sheltered surroundings, with toilets, showers, and laundry facilities on-site. The campsite can also cater for a limited number of caravans and mobile homes, with power and water readily available on-site.
Contact: Joanna Boldra, Dunrovin, Croft Road, Lochcarron IV54 8YA, Tel: +44-(0)1520 722898
No website, but see http://www.scottishcampingguide.com/link.php?action=previous&n=490
Woodside Cottage, Ardaneaskan
Woodside is an attractive (Scottish Tourist Board 4-star rated) self-catering property in a south-facing position on the shores of Loch Carron, situated in a tranquil location in the little hamlet of Ardaneaskan, but just a 12-minute drive (ca. 5 miles) from Lochcarron, where there are shops, a pub, restaurants, and filling stations. The house is modern, but of traditional design and is spacious, stylishly furnished, and well equipped. It comprises 3 bedrooms: 2 double rooms and 1 twin room, and will sleep up to 6 people.
The Kyle railway
Alex Ingram's Videos
Local photographer and cameraman Alex Ingram has produced some lovely videos of trains making their way around the shores of Loch Carron, travelling to and from Kyle of Lochalsh. Here is selection of them (they are best viewed in full screen mode):
The evening train - showing ScotRail's current "Sprinter" Class 158 units - to Kyle of Lochalsh on the shores of Loch Carron, passing Attadale station (May 2012).
There are occasional special steam trains running on the Kyle line. Here is a steam train from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh at Attadale (April 2012). It is pulled by "The Great Britain VI" - LMS Stanier Class 5MT 4-6-0 no. 45305.
And here is the same train on its return trip, leaving Strathcarron station on its way to Inverness (April 2012).
"The Great Marquess" - NER K4 Class 2-6-0 no. 61994, en route from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh, departing Strathcarron station (May 2012).
Another special train, "The Royal Scotsman", en route from Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness passing Attadale station by Loch Carron (May 2012).
Dingwall and Skye Railway
Ewan Crawford’s illustrated history of one section of the Highland Railway, opened in
1862 (then operated as the Inverness and Ross-shire Railways) which originally went as far
as Strome Ferry, until it was extended to Kyle of Lochalsh in 1897 (see next entry). The
site provides a chronology of the line’s development and a description of the route.
Friends of the Kyle Line
The Kyle line is recognized as one of the world's most scenic railway journeys, from Inverness on the east coast of Scotland through to Kyle of Lochalsh on the west. The Friends of the Kyle Line was originally set up to save this historic railway from threatened closure, and its primary objective today is to protect and ensure a future for one of Scotland's most picturesque railway lines. The site provides a history of the railway and some interesting facts related to it. An arts and crafts shop on the Kyle platform helps to funds the activities of the Friends of the Kyle Line. Also housed in the buildings of Kyle railway station, and well worth a visit, is a Museum of railway memorabilia and an extensive collection of archival photographs.
Inverness to Lochalsh via Achnasheen railway
A flickering silent black and white film of the Kyle line shot in 1930 (from Huntley Film Archives, http://www.huntleyarchives.com/ film no.402). The six-minute film shows "driver's eye" footage of the train steaming through the countryside and into Achnasheen station, where you can view various activities taking place on the platform. The guard signals and the train moves off, travelling through further, sparsely inhabited Glen Carron countryside en route to Strathcarron, and then steams along the edge of the shores of Loch Carron and into Kyle of Lochalsh station.
Kyle of Lochalsh Extension-Highland Railway
An illustrated history of the Kyle or Highland Railway’s extension from Stromeferry
to Kyle of Lochalsh, which opened in 1897 (see also above entry) with a chronology of its
development and a description of the route. Until recently ferries crossed from Kyle to
Kyleakin on the Isle of Skye, but this has now ceased since the opening of the Skye
The Kyle of Lochalsh line
The Wikipedia entry for the Kyle of Lochalsh line. It provides a concise overview of this scenic rail journey,
which has been likened to "a symphony in three parts: pastoral, mountain and sea" …. although nobody seems to know who actually coined that phrase!
North by Northwest. Images of the Highland
Railway in Scotland Past and Present
From the Scottish Archive Network, this is an interesting online exhibition that
celebrates two of the most picturesque railways in the world, the Kyle of Lochalsh Line
and the Far North Line (to Thurso and Wick), and the impact of the Highland Railway on the
people, landscape, and economy of the Scottish Highlands.
SkyeTrain Driver's eye view
Narrated by Paul Coira, this is an interesting YouTube video (4:53mins) that offers a train driver's view of the Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh railway during the summer of 1987, when diesel locos ruled and the last semaphore signals were still in use. The class 37 loco hauled train of Mk 1 and Mk 2 blue and grey coaching stock sets out over the Far North Line as far as Dingwall and then branches off to Kyle, travelling through remote outposts such as Achnasheen, and through the avalanche shelter that runs alongside Loch Carron through the solid rock cuttings. The train ends up facing the Isle of Skye, the island that the original Dingwall and Skye Railway Company was named after. The line never crossed to the island, instead passengers continued by ferry, now long gone and replaced by a bridge.
Note: also of interest is another, more contemporary video (4:25mins) of the Highlands Mainline from Perth to Inverness. Narrated by Sally Magnuson, it lets you travel in the cab of a ScotRail class 170 Turbostar for its scenic journey through the central Highlands.
Strathcarron Railway Station
Strathcarron railway station on the Kyle line is the stop for Lochcarron, and the village is some 3 miles away, with connecting mini bus services from Strathcarron station to Lochcarron and points beyond meeting some of the trains from Inverness and Kyle (see our public transport timetables at
The link below is a short YouTube video of the evening train, a two-car passenger service from Kyle pulling in at the idyllically situated Strathcarron Station en route to Inverness (and thereafter proceeding to Elgin) one summer evening in August 2010. The platform is not exactly crowded with travellers, and nobody gets on! However, the rail trip to Inverness, or v.v. from Inverness to Strathcarron, is a wonderful journey, especially on a summer evening, and is strongly recommended.
You can see almost the same scenario many years ago - when the station was rather busier! - in an archival film clip showing a steam locomotive from Kyle approaching Strathcarron station in 1939. The signal drops, the crossing gates are shut, and as the train approaches the station the driver exchanges 'tablets' with the stationmaster. Wagons are unloaded and loaded with goods and livestock, and letters are posted. The mail bus is readied for the day's deliveries.
Note: this is one of many interesting film clips from The Scottish Screen Archive collection
http://ssa.nls.uk/ (see separate entry in the section
Arts and crafts & local
Lochcarron community & local news
See also Businesses, services, and local attractions.
This section now also includes links to the pages of a few other community council websites located in villages close to Lochcarron. For community trusts in the Wester Ross area see also
Travel around Wester Ross, and online guides to its scenic beauty and history.
Achnasheen and Garve News & Views
Extracts from the bi-monthly newsletter, including agendas and minutes of meetings held by the Garve and District Community Council, press releases, announcements, reports, news of community events, and more.
Born to be Wild
An interesting article from the Guardian reporting about the restocking of the river Carron by the Inverness College's Seafield Centre, headed by Bob Kindness. The river Carron flows for some 16 miles through the Wester Ross region that lies between Inverness and Skye, running from Loch Sgamhain down through the scenically dramatic Glenn Carron valley to sea level at Loch Carron. The area used to be prime salmon fishing country until stocks collapsed a decade or so ago, depleted by a growing number of predators such as otters and seals, while others believe that commercial salmon farming in the area and the spread of diseases to wild fish, also contributed to the decline. Despite, reportedly, a measure of scepticism among scientists and environmentalists, considerable progress has been made in bringing back wild salmon and sea trout to the river, and it is hoped that this will ultimately attract more visitors to the area and benefit the local community.
Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust
The Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust is a registered charity set up in 1998 to help rural communities secure long term solutions to their local housing needs, with the aim of making affordable rural homes a reality for local households and communities across the length and breadth of the Highlands. The Trust can arrange a housing survey and/or one to one confidential surgeries in Highlands communities to quantify the level of housing needed. A report with the main findings will then be produced for the community. It can also find and buy sites for affordable rural housing development, create serviced house plots and sell them at a discount to local people, as well as helping local communities to build highly sustainable, affordable homes. The Trust has a number of self-build plots available to sell to local people at a discounted price, to enable them to remain in their community rather than being forced to move away due to a lack of affordable housing.
List of Listed Buildings in Lochcarron
Based on data from Historic Scotland Data Services http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/index/heritage/historicandlistedbuildings.htm
this Wikipedia entry presents a list of 17 listed buildings in Lochcarron, with notes/descriptions, coordinates, and listed building category.
Lochcarron Coastline Map
From the "British coast in Maps", this is a very useful map of the Lochcarron coast derived from the Collins Bartholomew half inch map series of Great Britain. View the map, and then click on to the link to view a large scale map (scrollable, vertical or horizontal) of the coastline of Lochcarron, Loch Kishorn and
Lochcarron Community Council Boundary
A colour map from the Highland Council that shows the precise Lochcarron Community Council boundary as at April 2011.
Lochcarron Highland Games
(3rd Saturday in July each year, 11.30 to 17.00)
The traditional Highland Games are colourful competitive events held in towns and villages throughout the Scottish Highlands and also by Scots in many countries abroad. Activities include tossing the caber, throwing the hammer, chucking wellies, hurling haggis, tug-o-wars, as well as more conventional track and field athletic events, for children and grown-ups alike and for which prizes are offered to the best competitors. The games are accompanied by playing of bagpipes, displays by Highland dancers, and other entertainment or exhibits related to aspects of Scottish and Gaelic culture. The Lochcarron Highland Games are always held on the third Saturday of July each year, from 11.30 to 17.00. Held at the picturesque venue of the Attadale Estate (see also
http://www.attadale.com/), they are run by the Lochcarron Highland Games Association and the proceeds are used to provide support for local organizations, groups, and charities, who are also given an opportunity to raise their own funds by running stalls and sideshows. The Web site offers pictures and results from the previous year's event, and the programme for the current year (including prize money for the different events), together with details of Lochcarron Highland Games records and current record holders.
This is the website, recently re-launched, of the local primary school,
which is situated on the shores of Loch Carron in an enviable and
spectacular setting. The site offers access to an archive of news bulletins
(going back to April 2008) about activities at the school, a set of useful
links for parents, and a photo gallery with pictures taken at recent school
events. A separate Highland Council site (see below) provides access to the
school's 27-page handbook and prospectus in pdf format. As
a demonstration of their Internet savvy, each class at the school now also
has a blog on which pupils can publish comments and pieces of class work,
give their views on topical issues (for example the Seniors have posted
items about responsible tourism, and climate change and global warming) as
well as publishing artwork and poetry. There are some very talented mini
poets here! The idea of the blogs is to share work and news with parents and
other school communities. If you would like to see what the children have
been up to, check out the blogs at the URLs below.
(Handbook and prospectus)
Lochcarron School blogs:
(Seniors Blog, P5-7s)
(Infants Blog, P1-4s)
(Gaelic class Blog)
The Lochcarron Treehouse
Set in an idyllic location just outside Lochcarron on the A896, the opening of the Lochcarron Treehouse at Easter 2012 was an exciting event for the local community. It is part of an ambitious community initiative which plans to purchase and run a woodland, build crafts workshops, and develop a heritage centre. The initiative has been driven by a local development officer and a local artist, who worked together with the appointed local anchor organization, Kirkton Woodland and Heritage Group
http://kirktonwoodlands.wordpress.com/, formed in 2009 with the objective to revitalise the community, to ensure its long-term economic, social, cultural and environmental sustainability. The website, together with a Facebook page, chronicles the building of the Treehouse and that of other project developments as they unfold. Following its opening the Treehouse is now available for bookings, for events such as workshops, weddings, music sessions, art and craft groups, meetings, retreats, school outings, and more. All income generated from bookings will go towards the purchase of the Kirkton woodlands behind the village of Lochcarron. Planned and constructed with the support of a large number of local volunteers, the Treehouse was the subject of a three-part documentary on Sky 1 HD, which charts the efforts of three communities as they attempt to create the ultimate environmentally responsible community space (see
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/lochcarrontreehouse
For bookings of the Treehouse phone 07563 909356
Lochcarron, Wester Ross, Highlands of Scotland
This is Lochcarron's premier website, assembled and hosted by Alex Ingram, a TV cameraman and photographer based in the village. It presents a photographic tour of the Lochcarron area - and many places further afield, including photographs from the Applecross peninsula and Skye - through a series of photo galleries and themed pictures, at least one of which changes each month. There is also a "Pic of the day" which changes daily (and for which the complete archive is accessible), together with a variety of Lochcarron news.
This is a most attractive site, which offers a nice blend of great photography of the region with pictures and news items of interest to the local community. A panoramic picture of Locharron can be found at
More than 8,000 images are available here, and an added attraction is that the "Pic of the day" archive now allows searching by date or image description. Search results show the ten most recent pictures relating to the search term. The site also offers an online forum on which anyone can post messages.
Strathcarron 2010 (aerial photography by Gary Williamson)
Some lovely views here - with musical accompaniment! - of Lochcarron village and the surrounding areas of Loch Carron and Strathcarron, taken from the air by North Kessock-based Gary Williamson, a photographer "with altitude" using his paramotor (a powered paraglider), which gives him access to unusual positions and angles that well capture the beauty of the area. For more aerial photography and some stunning images, particularly for the Inverness, Ross-shire and Speyside areas (and also of Loch Lomond, the Torridon and Cuillin mountain ranges, and more) check out the 'Gallery'
on Gary's website. The website also lets you view two shorts videos of Gary flying his contraption.
Stromeferry and Achmore News
The pages of the Stromeferry and Achmore Community Council, with Community Council news, agendas and minutes of meetings, information about local services, announcements of events, as well as a useful collection of “fragments and scraps of history” of the local area, and a page devoted to flora and fauna.
The Wayfarers Project
Set up by the Ross & Cromarty Heritage Society, the Wayfarers Project
encourages each of its 36 communities in Ross-shire to provide a multi-media account of
life in its community. The results, as they become available, appear on this site, and
will eventually be preserved on a CD. Each account is divided into seven broad categories:
Environment, Folk, Heritage, Places, Recreations, Societies, Work, and then grouped under
a range of sub-topics. This ambitious project is currently still in its early stages and
information for some communities is inevitably still quite patchy; and navigation (through
a series of pop up menus) could be a bit more user-friendly. Some searches for Lochcarron,
under various topics, come up with slightly puzzling or inappropriate results, or without
descriptive captions of any kind. Nonetheless, when completed this will be an enormously
valuable and rich resource.
YouTube (Lochcarron search)
Check out well over 300 YouTube videos relating to Lochcarron. If you have never seen dolphins in Loch Carron, and are beginning to doubt whether there are any, view "Dolphins in Loch Carron June 09"
to convince you. "Pine Martens 2 Loch Carron revisited" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJ3CLVEkPlc
is another popular choice with almost 1,300 views; as is a local folk group singing "Whisky in the Jar" in the Lochcarron Hotel
, which has also had more than 1,000 views. Or take a motorbike ride from Lochcarron to Applecross over the Bealach-na-ba hairpin pass and for which there are several videos to choose from, recorded with the aid of onboard motorcycle cameras. And a very recent addition is a video of a short cruise on Loch Carron using a Sevtec surveyor hovercraft
weather and tide tables
Acuweather.com - Lochcarron
A US-based international meteorological website that provides state-of-the-art weather forecasting for everywhere in the United States and for over two million other locations worldwide. It gives access to an hour-by-hour weather summary and a 5-15 days forecast for the Lochcarron and most other Wester Ross regions. AcuWeather also offers freely downloadable weather widgets for your website or blog that provide current weather conditions and five-day forecasts, as well as severe weather alerts. It is customizable, installs in seconds, and works on PC, Mac, and Linux operating systems.
('Quick-Look' for Lochcarron)
(Hourly for Lochcarron)
(15 days forecast for Lochcarron)
BBC Weather – Strathcarron/Locharron
Local weather information from the BBC for the Strathcarron/Lochcarron area (post code IV54), and forecasts for other nearby locations in Wester Ross can also be accessed here by entering the location or post code into the search box. It includes a daily and 5 day forecast, providing a summary forecast for each day, maximum and minimum temperatures, wind (mph), visibility, pressure (mb), a sun index chart, and an indication of atmospheric pollution. For each day there are also sunrise and sunset times, and in summer a pollen index is included as well. The forecast is given in Celsius, but can also be viewed in Fahrenheit.
Map of Lochcarron
From Streetmap.co.uk and the Ordnance Survey this is a map of Lochcarron. Each grid square on the map represents 1,000m and the map can be panned in any direction, zoomed out to give a wider view or zoomed in to give a more detailed view.
(Note: if the URL below doesn't work go to
http://www.streetmap.co.uk/ and enter the IV548YB, or other IV54 postcode into the search box and tick "GB Place").
Map of Lochcarron
From multimap.com, this is another zoomable map of Lochcarron (Post code IV54 8YB) and neighbouring areas--albeit with misleading "nearest train station" and "motorway junction" information!
Survey Maps One-inch 2nd edition, Scotland, 1898-1904 (Lochcarron &
series, with parishes shown in colour and 6"/25" sheet lines, were
published as indexes to larger scale mapping at six-inch and 25-inch to the
mile scales, and were intended to reduce the confusion that existed between
the two series. The extent and boundaries of civil parishes, incorporating
the (then) recent and extensive changes of the Local Government Act
(Scotland) 1894, are a striking feature of the maps, and will be great value
for genealogists and local historians. Click on to sheet 81 for Applecross
and sheet 82 for Lochcarron, both revised in 1894/5 and published in 1903.
Also of interest is Sheet 36, the Lochcarron & Dornie map for 1926-8,
64.3x83.6cm published as part of the Ordnance
Survey Maps One-inch "Popular" edition, Scotland, 1921-1930,
which can be accessed on the complete inventory of maps in this series at http://www.nls.uk/maps/early/os_scotland_popular_list.html
(scroll down the page and click on the relevant map). Other maps in this
series include Sheet 25 – Raasay & Applecross, and Sheet 26 – Loch
Maree and Achnasheen. All maps have “zoom in” (or out) features that
allow you to view the maps in considerable detail, and also enable you to
pan up/down and left/right.
The Scottish Midge Forecast
A forecast of a different kind! The Midge Forecast, now is in its sixth season, is sponsored by the insect repellent Saltidin™, manufactured by Advanced Pest Solutions (APS). It combines Google Maps with APS's midge forecasting technology to help visitors and locals alike to plan their outdoor activities during the summer months, especially during July and August. The Midge Forecast is published in some Scottish daily newspapers and online via this website. It uses actual midge catch data recorded using Scottish-made midge traps and weather forecast data from the MeteoGroup. The site also has some interesting pages devoted to midges behaviour, how they locate their prey - and become aware of a potential meal, attracted by your breath, sweat and other body smells - and the negative impact midges can have on the Scottish tourism industry.
(URL changes each year, usually at the end of May)
Yet another website to check out the weather for Strathcarron and Lochcarron (the IV54 Post code). Provided by the Weather Channel, it includes details of current conditions, a daily outlook and forecast, an hour-by-hour and a 10 day forecast, as well as weather maps in motion with a regional satellite picture, regional radar (rain), and a local aerial view.
Tide tables and charts for the Lochcarron/Lochalsh and Wester Ross areas can be found at these two sources:
View tide tables for Plockton, Kyle of Lochcalsh, Gairloch and Shieldaig at
You can select current dates to view low tide/high tide information, or select other dates using the tide calendar. The results also show sunrise and sunset and moonrise and moonset times.
(ii) Admiralty EasyTide
These tide tables are designed specifically with the coastal leisure enthusiast in mind, and tide predictions can also be viewed in a printer-friendly version. For example a 7 day prediction for Shieldaig in Wester Ross can be found at
Weather - North-West Scotland
From the Met Office, check out the weather forecast for the North-West of Scotland here, including five day forecasts for certain areas, e.g. Portree on the Isle of Skye. From this site you can also access severe weather warnings - or early warnings of severe weather to come - for the whole of the UK, or by region, including the North-West of Scotland. This site enables you to view some interesting weather statistics, for example "Scotland Sunshine (total hours) Areal Series", from 1929 to the present; or you can do the same for Scotland rainfall figures, starting from 1914. The year of 1999 was the worst in terms of rainfall, by a considerable margin. You can similarly track down some statistics that relate to Lochcarron, for example that it enjoyed the highest temperature in the whole of the UK on 17 April 2003, a blistering 26.9 °C, and which was almost matched on June 26 of the same year. Bring back 2003! Less appealing is another statistic from the year 2002 when, on 21 February 2002, Locharron recorded the 6th highest 24hr rainfall in the UK of 66.2mm.
(Note: for those interested in weather statistics, check out the informative local community magazine An Carrannach, which includes a Weather Record-Slumbay in each monthly issue, recording maximum and minimum temperatures, rainfall in inches for the month, and providing comparative running total figures for the current and previous year)
Pictures and images of Lochcarron & Wester Ross
Google Image Search
This section, and the entry for Google Image Search, has now been deleted as it was out-of-date.
If you want to learn more about Google Image Search, and over 100 other Google services and tools, consult
Module II: A concise guide to Google products, services, applications and other
offerings, which is one of four modules in Web search for local communities in the Highlands of Scotland: An online self-tutoring
guide, an online learning resource designed to assist Highland communities to improve their Web search and evaluation skills, explore the Web as a rich information source, and how to acquire “Google literacy”. The guide focuses on Google and enables you to learn to use the numerous Google products, tools, and applications, and how to get the most out of Google’s many search services, whether for personal, leisure, or business interests.
Click here for more details
The famous the Bealach-na-Ba pass (see also the Bealach-na-Ba Pass entry under
Businesses, services, and local attractions) has been the focus of an annual cycling event first held in 2006. It is open to competitors of all standards and ages (including "fat blokes"), who ride to achieve the best time they can, or simply do it as a challenge, and enjoy the wonderful scenery en route. It is not a race as such - the start is staggered in groups of 100 going off at two minute intervals - although detailed results are published for various categories of starters. The website has the results of the preceding year's Challenge, event details, competition rules, and maps and other details of the route: starting at Kinlochewe near Loch Maree, and from there through Glen Carron to Lochcarron, up the main climb to the Bealach-na-Ba summit and then descending to sea level again at Applecross; thereafter along the winding Applecross peninsula coastal road to Shieldaig, and through spectacular, rugged Glen Torridon mountain country back to the finish at Kinlochewe--a total of 90 miles (143km) and 9,630ft (2,935m) of ascent.
Five Bells Diving
Based in Lochcarron, David Black's Five Bells Diving offers a variety of courses in dive training, from entry level certification through to speciality courses. Explore the numerous dive sites around Loch Carron and Loch Kishorn aboard a fast 5.5m RIB. Also offers equipment hire and sales. The
website includes a photo gallery with some stunning underwater images by Sue Scott, depicting various forms of local marine life.
Note: see also Sue Scott's collection of images at the Above and Below Image Library at
and, in particular, the gallery 'Beneath Loch Carron' at http://www.above-and-below.com/index.asp?pageid=68268.
Lochcarron’s nine hole golf course is located in a splendid
setting just outside the village and its grounds are partly along the shore
of loch. It measures 3,575 yards for eighteen holes and offers an enjoyable
challenge. The Standard Scratch Score and par score for the course is 60.
For more information about the course check out a virtual hole-by-hole tour
starting at http://www.lochcarrongolfclub.co.uk/Pages/TakeaTour.aspx.
The course is open
throughout the year with catering available (during the main season) at a
recently opened new clubhouse. The clubhouse is located adjacent to a public
car park and picnic area and is situated in a wonderful elevated position
overlooking Loch Carron and the surrounding hills, and with extensive views
over virtually the entire golf course. It boasts a large decked area at the
rear, which can be accessed through the lounge, offering an opportunity of
relaxing with refreshments 'al fresco'. It is open from April to October
when a wide range of snacks and meals at modest prices are served daily from
11am until 5pm.
a very active sailing club, which organizes dinghy and yacht races on Loch
Carron, a variety of social events on water and ashore, as well as RYA
certified training in dinghy sailing, power boating, and First Aid. The Club
has a Clubhouse and Dinghy Park and ten dinghies are available for the use
of members. The Lochcarron Sailing Club Commodore is local GP David Murray.
The website includes a calendar of events for the year, regatta results,
photos from past events and competitions, and more. The Club welcomes as
members both local residents and visitors. Classes of membership include
junior membership for those under the age of 18, individual and family
membership, and visitor membership valid for one month is offered for half
the annual rates (i.e. £20 for individual visitor members). A membership
application form is available at the website.
Lochcarron Shinty Club/Comann Camanachd Loch Bhraoin
The new website of the local Shinty Club. Shinty (or Camanachd in Gaelic)
is Scotland’s oldest team sport with its origins traced back to the early
Celtic heroic area, and it is played throughout the Highlands. Lochcarron is
one of the northernmost outposts of the game, and the Lochcarron Shinty
Club, founded in 1883, one of the oldest clubs in the West Highlands. Games
take place in the scenic setting of Battery Park in Lochcarron on most
Saturdays from early March to late October. Shinty is a fast-moving game of
considerable ferocity, with some semblance to lacrosse, Irish hurling, and
hockey, although the rules are significantly different. Shinty plays a huge
part in the life of the community, and most of its locally-based players are
drawn from the traditional occupations of the Highlands, fishing, stalking,
crofting and forestry. The Club’s website, in addition to fixtures,
results, membership information etc., includes pages devoted to the club’s
history and its achievements, current and archival photographs, links to
other Shinty clubs and to the Lochcarron community, and there is also a link
to an informative Wiki entry with the full rules of the game.
Martin Moran Mountaineering
A Strathcarron-based family-run business established in 1985, offering mountaineering courses, holidays and expeditions in the north-west of Scotland, Norway, the Swiss Alps and the Himalayas. The company is directed by Martin Moran, a British/IFMGA Mountain Guide.
Torridon Sea Tours
Explore the beauty and spectacular wildlife of Loch Torridon and the Hebridean Isles of Rona and Shiant aboard the newly built 'Seaflower', a 40ft high performance catamaran carrying 12 passengers in comfort (life jackets, binoculars, and local reference guides are also provided). Boats depart daily from Shieldaig Pier, offering half-day am or pm Loch Torridon tours during the day, and another one in the evening at sunset time (when wine and canapés are served), and full-day tours of Rona, across the Sound of Raasay (see also
http://www.isleofrona.com/), as well as across the Minch to the remote island of Shiant (see also
http://www.shiantisles.net/), with a gourmet seafood lunch thrown in for good measure. Departure times and prices are available at the website.
Warriors' Place - Chen Taiji & Qi Gong in Ullapool
The Warriors' Place is a new martial arts school at the Latheron Centre (opposite Tesco, next to Laundry) on Quay Street in Ullapool, operated by Heike Gehringer and Alexandra Meinhold. It offers weekly classes for children, teenagers, adults, as well as senior citizens. You can learn about the traditional Chen Taiji Practical Method, or Hunyuan Qi Gong, a set of exercises for strengthening the body in a gentle way, improving your breathing, reducing stress, calming the mind and enhancing your physical and mental well-being in general. Watch some videos on the website for a demonstration of the different methods and how it all works. You can pay as you go, or choose a 12-month contract for £30 per month, and which includes all Taiji and Qi Gong classes.
West Highland Hawking
Offers short courses for both adults and children (12 years and up, supervised by an adult) in the ancient art of flying trained falcons and hawks, either in the form of a two hour 'Hawk Walk' through spectacular hillside or along a loch side, flying the hawk in her own environment; or through a half day course that aims to help you understand the exhilaration of the closeness of these magnificent birds, and at the same time gain an insight into their training and handling techniques. It also offers a five day residential course (at
Hill Haven Kinlochewe Bed & Breakfast, see above) for people wishing to take up falconry.
Travel around Wester Ross, and online guides to its scenic beauty and history
Note: This section includes a wide variety of websites relating to the Wester Ross region of the Highlands of Scotland. In addition to guides that will help you exploring and travelling around the region, it also includes the Web pages of a range of community trusts and charities, conservation and historical societies, tourist organizations, and local development companies.
Achnasheen, Wester Ross, Scotland
The tiny village of Achnasheen is approximately 42 miles north west of Inverness on the A832 where the road splits for Gairloch or Lochcarron. It sits at the foot of Bheinn Fionn in the wilderness of Strathbran, and to the west of the village, at the head of Loch a Croisg and Ledgowan, there are spectacular reminders of the Ice Age. The site has some views of the village and the area, with links to accommodation. It is a sparsely populated village, and the
website tells us that when Queen Victoria visited the NW Highlands in the 1860's she arrived in Achnasheen by train from Inverness, she noted in her journal that apart from the Inn (The Station Hotel, which was destroyed by fire in 1995) there were only two cottages in the village. There are not many more now-Achnasheen has a population of only 28. and the local primary school has just 9 children.
Applecross Historical Society - Comunn Eachdraidh na Comraich
Applecross (18 miles from Lochcarron, over the famous Bealach nam Bo pass) was one of the earliest Christian settlements in Scotland. In the year 673 the Irish Monk Maelrubha founded his Christian settlement on the land between the river and Beinn a'Chlachain. He declared the surrounding area a sanctuary, and even today Applecross is known as A'Chomraich - the Sanctuary. Learn more here about the culture, history, and people of this remote peninsula, including its archaeology, genealogy, and Celtic Christianity. This informative site also provides access to the Newsletter of the Society, and includes details of hotels, guesthouses, bed and breakfasts, self-catering establishments, and camping/caravanning sites. The Society's Applecross Heritage Centre is well worth a visit.
The Applecross Peninsula
Attempts to provide comprehensive information about Applecross, a tranquil
and remote peninsula in Wester Ross with some spectacular scenery. The site offers a tour
and a brief history of Applecross – one of the earliest Christian settlements in
Scotland, founded by the Irish Monk Maelrubha in the year 673 – together with
suggestions of things to do and places to visit, and practical information about
accommodation, events, etc. In addition to the annual Applecross Games, there is also the
famous annual Applecross duck race!
The Applecross Trust
The Applecross Trust is a conservation charity that has responsibility for some 70,000 acres of Wester Ross, covering much of the Applecross peninsula and known as the Applecross Estate. The Trust is committed to ensuring that the special character of the peninsula is preserved in a responsible and progressive manner whilst acknowledging its wilderness heritage and its importance as an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Applecross has an important cultural, religious and natural history as well as widespread archaeological evidence of pre-bronze age human settlements. There are pages devoted to forestry conservation, building restoration, deer management, river conservation, woodland walks, the peninsula's natural heritage, a peninsula map, together with Applecross news and information about a range of self-catering holiday cottages.
Celtic Fringe: Your Guide to Wester Ross in
Produced by the Celtic Fringe Tourism Association, this is probably the most complete
guide to the scenic beauty of the Wester Ross. There is a great deal of practical
information how to travel around the region, which is described as “a land of lochs
and mountains, rich in myths and legends. A land where you can fill your lungs with
intoxicating fresh air and bath your eyes in the clarity of the pure atmosphere. A land of
stunning scenery. A land of constantly changing weather conditions, where you can witness
rain, snow and sunshine all in the same day.” The Celtic Fringe site also offers good
travel and transport information, including bus and railway timetables.
Eilean Donan Castle
Eilean Donan Castle, a short distance away from Lochcarron and near Kyle of
Lochalsh, must be one of Scotland's most photographed monuments-and adorning many a biscuit tin of shortbread! The original castle was built in 1230 by Alexander II to protect ithe area from marauding Vikings. Several centuries later it became a Jacobite stronghold, but was destroyed by English warships in 1719 and abandoned in ruins after the bombardment. It was not until 1912 when work to restore it started, and completed in 1932 following 20 years of reconstruction. Today it attracts a very large number of visitors who can explore almost every part of the Castle from its banqueting hall to the bedrooms, as well as a recreated kitchen. Open all year, it includes a visitor
centre, gift and coffee shop.
Gairloch and Loch Ewe Action Forum
The Gairloch and Loch Ewe Action Forum (GALE) is a community owned and managed charitable development company working towards improving the local economy, the environment, and social life of the Gairloch and Loch Ewe area of Wester Ross. It website offers detailed information about accommodation of all types in the area, things to do and places to eat, together with pages devoted to the many attractions of this spectacular area of Wester Ross. The site also includes news, a calendar of events in the area, and other practical tourist information.
A well-organized local portal providing extensive information about Gairloch for tourists, businesses and the local community. Gairloch (about 50 miles from
Lochcarron) is made up of the villages and hamlets around Loch Gairloch from Red Point - which has a wonderful secluded beach - in the southwest to the Rua Reidh Lighthouse in the north. The site provides a short history of
Gairloch, information about things to do and places to see, as well as including a photo gallery and virtual Gairloch tour. The site also offers the rather intriguing "A tale of two rivers" drawn from
New Scientist magazine, in which a reader asked "In the north-west of Scotland there is a place where a river divides. Part of the water from Loch na
h-Oidhche flows into Loch Gairloch and part flows into Loch Maree... How can this happen? Surely the water will always flow in the direction of steepest descent and this direction is unique at every point?" Read the tale to find an explanation for this historical puzzle!
Glenelg-Kylerhea Skye Ferry
While the much disputed tolls on the Skye Bridge - opened in 1995 to replace the Kyle of Lochalsh ferry - have now been abolished and you can cross the bridge at no charge, there is a more adventurous, more scenic, and rather more romantic way to travel "over the sea to
Skye". This is via Glenelg and by the ancient ferry route from Glenelg to
Kylerhea, although it operates between Easter and mid-October only. Sailings are from 10 am to 6 pm, 7 days a week (during June, July, and August 10 am to 7 pm). Crossings are every 20 minutes, or as required. The
'Glenachulish' - a small puffer, reputed to be the last manually operated turntable ferry in the world - was acquired by the local community a few years ago, the Isle of Skye Ferry Community Interest Company, with the support of a cash grant awarded by the National Lottery. The ferry, which can carry only six cars at a time with standing-room only for foot passengers, is now one of only two remaining ferries crossing the sea to Skye (the other is the publicly subsidized CalMac route between Mallaig and
timetables/summer-timetables.htm?id=summer-skye--mallaig-armadale.png). The 'Glenachulish' takes just 5 minutes to cross to or from
Skye, sailing from a remote stone jetty-the same departure point used by James Boswell and Doctor Johnson when they set sail for Skye during their famous "Tour to the Hebrides" in 1773. Brochures and a souvenir ticket can be can be downloaded at
. The Ferry website also has pages devoted to merchandise that can be purchased online.
The fare for a car with up to 4 passengers is £12.00 (no booking is required). The website no longer shows fares information for foot passengers or cyclists, but until recently it was £1.00 or £1.50 respectively. Instructions how to reach Glenelg and the ferry departure point are included on the site. Glenelg is reached by a scenic ten mile route from Shiel Bridge, over the Mam Ratagan pass, and with fine views of the Five Sisters of Kintail mountain range. From Kylerhea a single-track road through Glen Arroch connects to the main Broadford to Kyleakin road on
Note: you can watch a YouTube video of the ferry crossing at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tk7dwiWj-8M
Highland Key has been created and developed to give the Highlands of Scotland a fresh and innovative take as a destination website. It aims to use the best of Highland photography, bespoke content and the most up to date local information to keep the website interesting and informative for both visitors to, and local residents of, the Highlands of Scotland. The website is linked in with a discount card system which allows card holders to gain access to special offers from businesses throughout the Highlands, drawing attention to a host of special offers on accommodation, restaurants, tourist attractions, transport, and more. The discount cards are currently available to buy online and from retailers throughout the Highlands.
on Flickr, this is a series of 64 truly stunning photographs by Barbara
Jones, who lives in Kyle of Lochalsh. It is a random collection
of shots taken over two recent winter periods in the Northwest Highlands,
much of it in various parts of Wester Ross and the Isle of Sky. There are
some wonderful images here, among them one of Lochcarron village and the
hills of Applecross beyond, and a fine picture of a Lochcarron winter sky,
with cloud formations in delicate colours and tones mirrored in the water of
the loch. Click on to ‘Detail’ to see each picture and a description
about it, or click on to the slide show icon to view them as a slide show,
and thereafter click ‘Options’ to decide how you wish to view them, at
what speed, and whether you want to see titles and description with each
Set in 50 acres, one mile from Poolewe, north of Gairloch in Wester Ross on the North West coast of the Highlands, this is arguably one of the world's greatest gardens, and certainly the most famous in Scotland. It sprang from the realization of one man's determination, and his taste for the exotic. Inverewe Garden was created by Osgood Mackenzie (1842-1922), the son of Sir Francis Mackenzie, laird of Gairloch. The garden and estate has been the property of the National Trust for Scotland since it was gifted to the Trust, along with a generous endowment for its future upkeep, by Osgood's daughter Mairi Sawyer in 1952. The warm currents of the Gulf Stream help to create a haven of colour and richness, with exotic plants from many countries flourishing on a latitude that is more northerly than Moscow. There is an almost continual display of colour and fertility throughout the year, and Inverewe is worth visiting in all the seasons.
The small village of Kinlochewe is set amidst the spectacular backdrop of the Torridon mountains, bordered by the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve, and is in the centre of the newly commissioned Wester-Ross National Scenic Area. The area is renowned for its geological features, the most famous of which, the "Moine Thrust",
(see http://www.see.leeds.ac.uk/structure/mtb/) runs through Glen Torridon and Kinlochewe. These pages provide full details about the area, its history, landscape and culture, mountains, wildlife, and geology, together with links to accommodation facilities, shops, and services.
On the Road in North-West Scotland
This is an amazing site (also offered in German), by self-styled “mad
tourist” Frederik Ramm, who strapped a camera and a GPS* to his Land Rover, and went
on a journey through North-West Scotland and Wester Ross and shot some 6,000 photographs
in the process, although “only” 2,968 of them have made it on to this website.
The pictures were taken from a moving vehicle, and this is combined with providing
detailed map data. The Web interface used allows you to see what the camera saw while the
photographer was driving along. All this is brought together as 165 individual journeys,
which can be selected either from a place index and a clickable map, from a journey table,
or through a search facility. After you pick a journey you will then be shown a succession
of photos taken while driving along that route, together with a map indicating your
“current position”, presenting you with a constantly changing picture as you
“drive” along the route. Photos were taken every 30-60 seconds on average, and
which translates into approximately one photo every 500-1000 meters. The site – which
works best with Java – allows you to adjust the playback speed, either slower or
faster. You can also zoom in on any image by right-clicking each photo, enlarging it to
full screen size (albeit static in this format).
*PS: Frederik Ramm seems to assume that everybody knows about GPS’s
(an abbreviation for the Global Positioning System, a worldwide navigational and surveying
system based on the reception of signals from orbiting satellites), but for those who are
interested to learn more about the GPS, click on to http://www.trimble.com/gps/
A National Conservation Trust village located on a sheltered bay of Loch Carron,
Plockton is a picturesque small village that achieved a measure of fame in
the mid-1990s when the BBC chose it as a setting for the television drama series Hamish
Macbeth. The site provides a guide to the village, and practical information about
accommodation, eating out, activities, and more.
This gateway offers a wide variety of tourist information about the Camusnagaul/Dundonnell,
Poolewe, Ullapool, Aultbea, Loch Ewe, Loch Maree, and Little Loch Broom area in Wester Ross, including B&B accommodation, hotels, restaurants and coffee shops, things to do and places to see, maps, wildlife in the area, and more. There is also a doggie blog by Charlie the sheep dog, who says "I can honestly say that Camusnagaul is the best place for dogs to come on holiday".
Torridon and Shieldaig in the Western Highlands of Scotland
Developed and maintained by photographer and composer Steve Carter, this is a most attractive and information-rich
website, providing a wealth of information about the Torridon area of the Western Highlands - consisting of Loch Torridon and the smaller Loch Shieldaig - an area well known to climbers, photographers, wildlife enthusiasts, hikers, and visitors from around the world, and for what is rightly considered to be some of the finest scenery in Europe. There is a good map, and some marvellous photographs of the area, including pictures of wildlife. There are separate pages devoted to woodland management, the Shieldaig Sea Trout Project, the dreaded Highland midge (and how to avoid being bitten by them!), a section on commonly seen birds, and a feature about the endearing Pine Martens that can often be seen in the area. Additionally, the site offers access to a variety of local information on accommodation and travel (including local bus services), local news, a
Webcam, and more. There is also splendid photo gallery where you can right click on the larger image and 'Set as background' on your PC (Windows users only). Photos are now also available on this site as a free Windows screen saver (for maximum effect you will need to set your screen area/resolution to 1024x768 pixels). For more stunning photography by Steve Carter visit his home page at
Ullapool Book Festival
Run by a committee of volunteers, the Ullapool Book Festival is now well established, and each year aims to build on its growing reputation as a small festival but one with big ideas. The Festival usually takes place in early May each year and the full programme of events is available on the website a few months/weeks before each annual event. The book festival is not just a showcase for Highland writers, but also for writers from other parts of Scotland, and indeed the world. However it always includes a strong Gaelic element, bearing in mind the fact that there are many Gaelic learners in the area as well as native speakers.
Ullapool, a picturesque fishing village, is nestled on the shores of Loch Broom, about a one hour drive north of Inverness. It is an excellent base from which to explore the Wester Ross area, and Sutherland especially, an area blessed with majestic mountains and beautiful unspoilt scenery, undiscovered beaches, forests, hidden glens, waterfalls, and bird sanctuaries. This site will give you all the information you might need about travel to Ullapool, accommodation, camping, attractions, pubs and restaurants, facilities, shopping, leisure activities and sports, local news and media, and more.
Ullapool Tourism and Business Association
The Web pages of the Ullapool tourism and business association offer access to a wide variety of information about exploring this beautiful part of Wester Ross, with downloads of woodland walks in the area, places to stay, places to eat and drink (restaurants, cafes, pubs and take-aways), shops and services, activities, an events diary, a comprehensive searchable business directory, together with a photo gallery.
Note: if you are travelling in this part of Wester Ross you might also wish to consult the pages of the Camusnagaul, Dundonnell & Little Lochbroom local site at
Visit Highlands.com - Wester Ross
The Wester Ross pages of the comprehensive VisitHighlands.com site. Includes suggestions of things to do in the area and places to visit, links to Wester Ross
websites, useful publications and maps, and from this site you can also search for accommodation in the area.
These pages are hosted by the Loch Ewe Visitor Information Centre at Poolewe Village Hall, on the seafront at Poolewe. It offers comprehensive information about the Loch Ewe area, in the heart of beautiful Wester Ross. This includes up-to-date information on what to see and do, news about events and activities, together with information on where to stay and where to eat and drink, suggestions for walks and cycle tours, and some pages devoted to the history and geology of the area.
Walk Highlands - Torridon Walks: Gairloch to Strathcarron
This is a sub-section of the Walk Highlands website, a comprehensive online guide to walks and the outdoors for the Highlands of Scotland. The focus of the area covered by these particular pages is
Torridon, with its magnificent sandstone mountains that make the region famous, as are the beauties of Loch Torridon itself, a fjord, and Loch
Maree, perhaps the most picturesque of all Scotland's freshwater lochs. South of Torridon are Applecross and
Lochcarron, and to the north is Gairloch, an area that that has long been famous for its many fine sandy beaches, many of them still unfrequented. Very attractively presented, information is grouped under four areas: (1) Gairloch and Poolewe walks, (2) Torridon walks: Shieldaig to
Kinlochewe, (3) Glen Carron walks: Loch Carron to Achnasheen, and (4) Applecross walks. For each section there is an opening menu displaying the different walks and showing route, grade of walk (indicated by little walking boots icons) distance and time; clicking on to any of them leads to fuller information and descriptions of each walk, accompanied by photographs. For each walk there is also a route profile, comments on terrain and "bog factor", maps with grid references (to view as a OS map extract, or buy), public transport facilities, accommodation facilities en route, and more. Almost all the routes are now available as free QUO digital mapping/route downloads for GPS, or as GPX downloads.
Welcome to Torridon, Kinlochewe and Loch Maree, West Ross
The landscape of Wester Ross is dominated by the spectacularly scenic Torridon mountains area. Situated approximately 50 miles west of Inverness on the Garve to Gairloch road (or it can be reached from Lochcarron via
Shieldaig), it is bounded to the north by the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve and the small village of
Kinlochewe, at the head of the beautiful Loch Maree. These pages provide an informative guide to the area, including a brief history; descriptions of kilns, stills, monuments and cairns and other local historic sites; pages devoted to wildlife in the region (currently under construction), as well as links to hotels and self-catering accommodation. The site has some interesting historic and archival photographs from the area. The owners of this site also offer bed & breakfast accommodation at “Cromasaig” in
People from the Netherlands are frequent visitors to Wester Ross, and this
Dutch site by Teun Kees describes a trip (accompanied by photographs) through the Wester
Ross area from Ullapool to the Kyle of Lochalsh, through Gairloch, Torridon, the
Applecross peninsula, over the Bealach na Bá pass, and through Lochcarron.
Wester Ross Environment Network (WREN)
WREN is a group of
people representing a number of public sector agencies, NGOs, businesses and
community interests, who aim to promote and protect the diverse wildlife
habitats of Wester Ross, an area that is home to an abundance of wildlife,
plant life, insects and sea life. The group is involved in a number of
projects to enhance and promote biodiversity and organizes a range of events
and activities. It has published a very attractive Nature Yearbook Go
Wild in Wester Ross that can be ordered online (£5.00 including postage
and packing, for more details see entry for Wester
Ross - Live the Highlands in this section)
Wester Ross. Jewel of the Highlands
This site, by photographer Steve Carter, is designed to give a flavour,
through images and text, of the beautiful Wester Ross area, now generally recognized to be
one of Europe’s last wilderness.
Wester Ross - Live the Highlands
Wester Ross, in the Northwest Highlands of Scotland, is widely acknowledged to be one of the wildest and most beautiful regions of the British Isles, with dramatic loch and mountain scenery, secluded sand beaches, abundant wildlife and biodiversity, wide open spaces, and peace and tranquility. An initiative of the Celtic Fringe Tourism Association, a Wester Ross-based tourism group with over 110 members,
'Wester Ross - Live the Highlands' is a new project to give Wester Ross a brand image that aims to become identified with a quality experience and a warm welcome extended to visitors to the region. The campaign is
co-ordinated by the Association with input and support from other business groups and tourist associations in the area. This hugely information-rich new website features illustrated pages on wildlife, marine life, flowers and trees, together with suggestions for outdoor activities, and local information on the main towns and villages in the region, e.g.
Applecross, Gairloch and Lochcarron, and the pretty town of Ullapool. There are also informative pages devoted to the culture and recent history of the region, the Gaelic language, crofting in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, peat - the boggy ground of partly decomposed and compressed remains of vegetable matter, which is dried for use in gardening and as fuel - together with general pages on life in Wester Ross today and a good map of the region.
For a virtual tour of the Wester Ross region click on to the online version (6.1MB) of a 36-page book
The Wester Ross Coastal Trail http://www.visitwester-ross.com/userfiles/file/Slow%20Down%20in%20Wester%20Ross.pdf.
Also available, both in online and in print format, is a very attractively produced
Go Wild in Wester Ross - Nature Yearbook, a 35-page full-colour guide to the wildlife and environment of Wester Ross, and containing many suggestions for places to visit and experience this beautiful area at its best. The print edition costs £5.00 including postage (use online order form on site), while the freely accessible pdf online version is at
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Wester.Ross
Wester Ross – North West Scottish
The Wester Ross pages of the excellent Internet Guide to Scotland, with links to hotels
and self-catering holiday cottages, local online guides, and more.
publishing and media
An Carrannach. The General Interest Magazine of Lochcarron, Shieldaig, Applecross, Kishorn and Torridon & Kinlochewe Districts
This lively community magazine - albeit without at website at this time and published in print format only - is a rich source of information for news, announcements, and reports about local events, activities of voluntary groups and those of clubs and associations, together with weather records, and more. It is widely available in shops and other retails outlets in the villages mentioned in the magazine's sub-title. Published monthly and put together by volunteers, each issue also includes the minutes of Community Council meetings. The magazine offers advertising space at very reasonable
rates. For editorial submissions contact the Editor, Mavis Harrop, at firstname.lastname@example.org; annual subscriptions (11 issues, postage included) are £12 in the UK, £20 in EU countries, or £24 overseas. Send subscription orders to Dot Shewan at
[No website at this time]
The Inverness Courier
The online version of what is probably the premier Highlands and Islands newspaper. Includes editorial leaders, views and commentary, local news, local and regional sports stories, general and for sale notices, as well as pages devoted to cultural events and the arts, music and entertainment, times gone by pages, and more. Browse or search for articles published in the Inverness Courier in the past, going back to April 2006, or, if job-hunting, consult a very useful "jobs-north" search facility. There are also links to other Northern Scotland and Highlands newspapers owned by the Scottish Provincial Press group, and the site includes an interesting and extensive directory of Scottish clans, with links to either the official clan websites or Scottish-based websites.
The online version of the popular weekly
newspaper published every Friday, with local and regional news, feature and
diary pages, Ross-shire Roots “Seeking the past” and “Times gone by”
pages, and links to businesses and the community, events, heritage, music
and theatre, outdoors, sport, whisky, and more.
West Highland Free Press
The West Highland Free Press was founded in
1972 as a left-wing weekly newspaper, but with the principal objective of
providing its immediate circulation area with the service which a local
paper is expected to provide. The land issue is at the heart of the
Free Press’s politicsm, and the paper actively opposes the still unequal
distribution of land ownership, and aims to stand up for the rights of local
communities and individuals. The Free Press has also actively
championed the cause of the Gaelic language, both by giving it political
support and also by publishing more written Gaelic material than any other
newspaper. Published each Thursday from Broadford on the Isle of Skye, The
West Highland Free Press is available extensively within the West
Highlands and Islands of Scotland.
Last updated 10 May, 2013.
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