Lochalsh & Knoydart

Nestled in the west between the Fort William (Lochaber) area to the south, Torridon to the north, and the Isle of Skye to the west, is a rugged land of mountains, lochs and coastlines. The mountains are of a different character to those of Torridon to the north and Skye to the west as the geology is different being dominated by metamophic rocks lying to the east of the Moine Thrust. In the north of the area are the settlements of Kyle of Lochalsh, Plockton and Lochcarron. The bridge to Skye is at Kyle of Lochalsh, as is the rail terminus for the line from Inverness, so Kyle is an important, if small, hub in the west.

The A87 road to Kyle of Lochalsh passes along Loch Cluanie and through Glen Shiel en-route to Kyle of Lochalsh and the bridge to Skye. Either side of this road are high mountain ridges with many Munro summits; the stunning Eilean Donan castle juts out into Loch Duich close to the road at Dornie. To the north a number of glens have paths through to the remote inland areas of Glen Affric, Loch Mullardoch and Loch Monar, and the Cape Wrath Trail passes this way through Shiel Bridge and Morvich.

In the south of the area Knoydart is a celebrated wild and remote peninsula between the sea lochs of Loch Hourn in the north and Loch Nevis in the south. Knoydart can only be accessed by foot or by boat and along with the mountains south of Loch Cuaich (Quoich) and west of Loch Arkaig, is one of the most iconic wild areas of Scotland, the “Rough Bounds of Knoydart”.


Lochalsh & Knoydart photos, places and information

Lochalsh & Knoydart map screen shot
Lochalsh & Knoydart Interactive Map
Interactive map of the photos, places and mountains. Have a play and explore with the map, click on mountains, photos ...
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Sunrise in the North East from Sgurr a' Choire-bheithe, Lochalsh & Knoydart
Lochalsh & Knoydart Photo Gallery
A gallery of my very best Lochalsh and Knoydart area photos South from the summit of Ciste Dubh to Aonach ...
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Lochalsh & Knoydart mountains

The North Ridge of Beinn an Aodainn (Ben Aden), Lochalsh & Knoydart
Beinn an Aodainn (Ben Aden)
Beinn an Aodainn, anglicised as Ben Aden, is an exceptionally rugged, rough and charismatic peak in a wonderful and remote ...
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Evening - Sgurr a' Choire-bheithe from Sgurr Airigh na Beinne (B&W), Lochalsh & Knoydart
Sgurr a’ Choire-bheithe
Sgurr a’ Choire-bheithe is a Corbett at the west end of the 9 kilometre long Druim Chosaidh ridge - a ...
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Garbh Chioch Mhor and Sgurr na Ciche from Sgurr nan Coireachan, Lochalsh & Knoydart
Sgurr na Ciche, Garbh Chioch Mhor & Sgurr nan Coireachan
Sgurr na Ciche, Garbh Chioch Mhor and Sgurr nan Coireachan are lofty, Munros at the west end of Glen Dessarry ...
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Lochalsh & Knoydart blog posts

Sunset - Ladhar Bheinn and Loch Hourn, Knoydart, Lochalsh & Knoydart
A Bivvy Above Barrisdale – Sgurr a’ Choire-bheithe and Beinn an Aodainn (Ben Aden)
At the start of June there were several warm, dry settled days and the idea of a quick light weight ...
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