Lochcarron offers an ideal base from which to explore in all directions, either by car or, in some cases, by train. Written by Joanna Macpherson. 

Here we show extracts from the explore section of the guide, full details are included in the publication.


Applecross & Shieldaig

The famous Bealach na Ba, (the Pass of the Cattle) offers uniquely impressive views - both down on to Loch Kishorn and westwards across to Raasay & the Isle of Skye. You can drive around the Applecross peninsula to visit beaches and enjoy spectacular views, exploring the villages on the way and ending your drive at Shieldaig.

©  Michael Stuart Green 

© Michael Stuart Green 


Further North lies Loch Torridon and the village of Shieldaig. Beyond are the famous gardens at Inverewe, and spectacular Loch Maree and the village of Kinlochewe. Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve is there, with its visitor centre and trails. Further North you can visit Gairloch with its sandy beaches and museum.


Attadale Gardens on the south shores of Loch Carron has a sculpture collection, with water gardens, sunken garden, Japanese garden, kitchen garden, fern garden, and a DIY tea room

Plockton is a pretty village on the southern shores of Loch Carron offering accommodation, places to eat and Callum's boat trips to see seals.

Eilean Donan castle at Dornie offers an iconic view known worldwide through film. The road then leads on to Glenelg and eventually the small ferry crossing to Skye at Kylerhea

The Falls of Glomach are at the head of Loch Duich, with the Five Sisters of Kintail beyond.

Kyle of Lochalsh is the end of railway line from Inverness and is where the bridge crosses to the Isle of Skye - replacing the former main ferry crossing.

Skye offers many interesting places to visit including Dunvegan Castle & Gardens, Clan Donald Centre at Armadale Castle, Talisker Whisky Distillery and the Cuillin Mountains

The information contained on this page is also available in the Lochcarron Out and About guide available locally in Lochcarron or by post