Things To Do in Moidart and Ardnamurchan
Wildlife: Mingarry Lodges provide ideal holiday accommodation for all those who enjoy wildlife and the great outdoors. The varied habitat of area supports a wide range of wildlife, including golden eagle, white-tailed eagle, pine marten, Scottish crossbill, ptarmigan, red squirrel, black throated and red throated divers, raven, red deer, otter, osprey, to mention but a few. The surrounding seas support one of the richest cetacean fauna’s in the UK. Local butterfly rarities include the chequered skipper and pearl border fritillaries. The Highlands also supports an amazing diversity of lichens, ferns and mosses and liverworts that thrive in moisture-laden atmosphere.
Click on the squirrel to learn more about the wide range of wildlife spotting opportunities.
Walking: There are many walks and cycle routes from the doorstep and further afield. All walks are set amidst stunning scenery, and include coastal, woodland and hill walk. Whether you are interested in gentle stroll along the Low Dorlin Road to Castle Tioram, to a stunning coastal walk to deserted golden sandy beach (e.g. the Singing Sands walk) or an exhilarating hill walk amongst wild and rugged terrain with stunning views of Loch Sunart, Loch Shiel and the Small Isles (Ben Resipole).
Click on the photo of the path from Blain Bridge to the local lochans to find out more.
Beaches & Castles: Moidart has a very colourful history, not least for it's association with Bonnie Prince Charlie. Castle Tioram, a stronghold of the Clanranalds, is within walking distance of Mingarry. The a medieval castle, Mingary Castle, the former stronghold of the MacIans of Ardnamurchan, is strategically located on a high rocky promontory on the Ardnamurchan peninsula, near Kilchoan. Further afield in Morvern, Ardtornish Castle served as a residence and strong hold for the Lords of the in 14th and 15th centuries. All the castles bear witness to the changing fortunes and prominence of the Highland Clans.
Click on the photo of Mingary Castle to find out more.
Sports: There are plenty of opportunities to engage in outdoor activities in Moidart, Lochaber and Ardnamurchan, suitable for all levels of fitness. Activities range from gentle pursuits, such as golf and fishing, to the more adventurous activities such as mountain biking, sea kayaking or skiing. The local garlic snails have a very relaxed attitude.
Click on the photo to find out what the snail is missing out on.
Touring: For those wishing to explore the beauty of the West Highlands, Mingarry Lodges provides an ideal base for touring The Ardnamurchan, Moidart, Lochaber, Mull and The Small Isles. Ferries for Mull can be taken from either Kilchoan or Lochaline and ferries to The Small Isles and Skye depart from Mallaig throughout the year. Fort William and the Ben Nevis range is around an hours drive away and makes for a great day trip.
Click on the ferry from Kilchoan to explore further.
Fort William: Fort William is around 60 minutes drive away from Mingarry, offering a chance to stock up on Scottish Woollen Knitwear, Harris Tweed, Tam o Shanters and Usquabae. It is also known as The Outdoor Capital of the UK providing opportunites to take part in a wide range of sporting pursuits, and is the start of one of the popular routes up Ben Nevis.
Click on the statue of Donald Cameron of Lochiel to find out more.
For those simply wishing to unwind, then there are quiet beaches, great restaurants, local inns, historic churches and beautiful scenery, and as much time for nature as you could wish for.