Why Stay at Mingarry Lodges
Mingarry Lodges is a great base to explore Moidart and the Ardnamurchan, and venture out to the Isles of Mull, Rum, Eigg, Canna and Muck. The area is renowned for its wildlife, including red squirrel, pine marten, wild cat, otter, red deer, osprey, golden eagle, ptarmigan, sea eagle, common and grey seal, dolphin, porpoise, basking shark and minkie whale. There are great walks locally, spectacular scenery and a range of activities destined to make your holiday special...............
1. Take the circular walk from Mingarry Lodges, through Blain Burn to the lochans in the hills above, down through the deserted village of Briaig to join the Silver Trail leading to Castle Tioram, and back along the banks of the River Shiel. This is just one of the many interesting walks in the area. Other great local walks include The Singing Sands, The Silver Sands of Smirisary, St Finans Isle on the banks of Loch Shiel, to name but a few. See our walking page for further details.
2. Spend the day beachcombing and exploring the rock pools. There are beautiful beaches at Kentra, Ardtoe and Dorlin, as well as rocky shores around Loch Sunart. Snorkel, paddle or swim as the mood takes you.
3. Immerse yourself in the local history of the area by exploring one of the many historic sites connected to Bonnie Prince Charlie and the local clans, including Castle Tioram, The Seven Men of Moidart and The Glenfinnan Monument.
4. Take a wildlife cruise to search for eagles, dolphins and whales. Cruises are available on Loch Shiel, Loch Sunart and the open sea from Arisaig.
5. Take a cruise to The Small Isles. Ferries and cruises start from Arisaig and the small fishing port of Mallaig, both within one hour drive of Mingarry.
6. Take a day trip to Mull. Take the ferry from Kilchoan to the picturesque town of Tobermory to have your own Balamory experience, or take the ferry from Lochaline to Fishnish to explore further afield.
7. Be amazed at the splendour of the Atlantic Oak woodlands at Ariundle, near Strontian. This National Nature Reserve is a fine example temperate rain forest in Scotland strewn with mosses, ferns, lichens and liverworts. The derelict lead mines in the hills above offer an insight into the working history of the area.
8. Take an excursion on the Jacobite Steam Train between Fort William and Mallaig following in the broom steps of Harry Potter. This is one of the most scenic railway journeys in the world and has been voted top rail journey in 2009 and 2010.
9. Take the day trip to Ardnamurchan Point. Drive through prime eagle spotting territory to the lighthouse at the most westerly point on the British mainland. Learn about the history of the lighthouse in the visitor centre and enjoy a cup of tea in the cafe (seasonal opening). No visit to the Ardnamurchan would be complete without a walk on the golden sands of Sanna Bay.
10. Get on your bike and enjoy some stunning off road scenery.
11. Spend a day canoeing or sea kayaking, taking in the beauty and tranquillity of the Western Highlands
12. Have a round of golf at Traigh, a stunning 'Hidden Gem' near Arisaig.
13. Catch your own fish of the day by hiring a boat on Loch Sunart and fishing for mackerel or walking to the nearby lochans to fish for trout.
These are just a few of the many pleasures and adventures awaiting you. See our Things To Do pages for more details.
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