Lochaline, Morvern & Sound of Mull
On the Road to the Isles (from Fort William to Arisaig), if you branch off at Strontian, the road takes you over the hills of the lovely Morvern peninsula to Lochaline, the little village from where a car ferry plies back and forth over the Atlantic ocean inlet the Sound of Mull to the beautiful Isle of Mull. Morvern is a peaceful and remote area featuring high mountains, narrow lochs and beautiful sandy beaches on the coast.
Lochaline, Morvern & Sound of Mull Self Catering Cottages
Lots to See and Do
Morvern is accessed via the A830 west from Fort William which ends at Mallaig and the A861 which circles the southern part of the region (Morvern, Sunart and Ardnamurchan).
Its main settlement is Lochaline which has a diving centre and is a popular mooring for yachts. It also has the distinction of being the place where the inhabitants of St Kilda were resettled when they were evacuated in the 1930s.
The road from Strontian to Ardnamurchan is a single track road which leads to Britain's most westerly mainland point, passing through magnificent scenery of oak woodlands, hedges of rhododendrons and barren moorland. Its main attractions are its sandy beaches, stunning views and wildlife, which can be viewed via CCTV at the Glenmore Natural History Centre at Glenborrodale. Also worth visiting are the lighthouse and visitor centre at Arnamurchan Point, the ruins of the 13th century Mingary Castle at Kilchoan and Castle Tioram on an island in Loch Moidart.
The West Highland railway line passes through Arisaig (where there is a station museum) and over the spectacular Loch an Uamh viaduct. There is a Land, Sea and Islands Centre and the beautiful views, inlets, sandy bays and dunes of the coastline between it and Morar attract many tourists.
From there the road then continues along the side of the Sound of Mull to end at Drimnin opposite Tobermory. A holiday in these parts makes it very easy to pop across to Mull whenever you've a mind to do so. Mull is one of Scotland's most popular islands, peaceful, scenic, with some wonderful beaches, fantastic wildlife on land, sea and air and at its tip the magical Isle of Iona.