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The Best Things To Do in Ardnamurchan

The Best Things To Do in Ardnamurchan


Ardnamurchan is the bonniest peninsula I did ever see! Rugged, desolate and wild, it’s hard to believe places like this still exist a mere 4 hours from the bustle and hustle of Edinburgh.

If you’re looking to get off the beaten track and surround yourself with some of Scotland’s wildest scenery, the Ardnamurchan peninsula is for you! Here are my favourite things to do in Ardnamurchan.

1) Visit Castle Tioram

Pronounced ‘chee-rum’, this castle has topped my list of favourite castles! It is located on a tidal island and was once the ancient fortress of the MacDonald clan.

This castle is almost 800 years old, and surprisingly well intact despite being set on fire during the 18th century so it wouldn’t fall into the hands of the Government!

Getting there: There is a car park near the castle where you can park for free. From there, you can walk to the castle. During low tide you can actually walk across to explore the castle ruin.

2) See Ardnamurchan Lighthouse

This is possibly my favourite lighthouse in Scotland; located on the wild, windswept west coast, I can only guess at the wonder seafarers must have felt when they set their eyes upon the towering monument.

Bring your binoculars and keep your eyes peeled for otters, dolphins and whales, which frequent the seas in this area.

3) Stay at Mingarry Park Luxury Hotel & Restaurant

Mingarry Park Luxury Hotel and Restaurant is the perfect rural retreat to base yourself when exploring Ardnamurchan.

It is owned owned by a local family, who have lived in the area their entire lives. The award-winning restaurant is a foodies’ delight; it has the best venison I’ve ever tasted- which is reared, butchered and hung on their farm. The sticky toffee pudding is also incredible.

This hotel is so lovely that you want to actually spend time in your accommodation; relax in the hot tub and soak in the views of Beinn Resipol, order cocktails to your room, or enjoy them in the garden pods- specially built so guests can enjoy the beautiful away from the rain (and midges!).

This hotel is excellent for couples, but it’s also child and baby-friendly too! I recommend a minimum stay of three nights so you can explore the region and have time to relax in this beautiful accommodation.

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4) Go to Sanna Bay

Known as one of the most beautiful beaches in Scotland, it’s worth the drive to Sanna Bay to observe the sweep of stunning white sand and azure waters.

Enjoy the views across to the Isles of Eigg and Rum!

5) Go hiking

There’s an abundant amount of hiking in Ardnamurchan (see the full list here) and going for walk in the wilderness is an absolute must when visiting one of the wildest places in Scotland!

There are walks ranging from easy to hard- so something for everyone. For those looking for a challenge, Beinn Resipol is the highest mountain in the area and has spectacular views across Ardnamurchan.

6) Visit Glenfinnan Viaduct and the Glenfinnan Monument

jacobite steam train crossing the glenfinnan viaduct

The Glenfinnan Viaduct, made famous in Harry Potter, is located near Ardnamurchan and is worth visiting. Be sure to read my guide about the Jacobite Steam Train if you plan on riding or seeing the train cross the viaduct.

The Glenfinnan Visitor Centre is a must-visit. Learn about the history of the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion, as led by Bonnie Prince Charlie, at the very location where it began. The Glenfinnan Monument marks the spot where 1,200 Highlanders gathered in Glenfinnan to pledge their allegiance to the cause.

Is visiting Ardnamurchan on your list?

💜 This article was written as part of a sponsored campaign with Mingarry Park Luxury Hotel and Restaurant. All opinions and recommendations are genuine and my own.

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