Lochalsh & Knoydart

Nestled in the west between the Fort William 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 and an ideal location from which to explore the area. You can search for accommodation here.

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 and is a very popular attraction. 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. The Falls of Glomach are remote waterfalls with one of the highest drops in Britain of 113 metres.

West of Shiel Bridge a small road winds high over the Mam Ratagan pass and down to the tranquil village of Glenelg on the shores of the Sound of Sleat opposite the Isle of Skye. Glenelg has a rich history and is a long standing crossing point to Skye, the Glenelg-Skye ferry still operates from April to October across the Kyle Rhea narrows. Glenelg has three Iron Age brochs, Dun Telve, Dun Troddan and Dun Grugaig (a prototype semi-broch). Dun Telve and Dun Troddan are among the best preserved in Scotland. South of Glenelg the scenic road runs to lovely Arnisdale on the shores of Loch Hourn.

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. Along with the mountains south of Loch Cuaich (Quoich) and west of Loch Arkaig, it is one of the most iconic wild areas of Scotland, the “Rough Bounds of Knoydart”.

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Sunrise in the North East from Sgurr a' Choire-bheithe, Lochalsh & Knoydart
Lochalsh & Knoydart select photo gallery
A select gallery of only my best or favourite Lochalsh and Knoydart area photos. From summer sunset over Loch Hourn ...
Lochalsh & Knoydart Interactive Map
Interactive map of photos, places and mountains focussed on the Lochalsh and Knoydart areas. Have a play and explore with ...
A Knoydart Panorama from Beinn an Aodainn (Ben Aden), Lochalsh & Knoydart
Knoydart & South Loch Cuaich (Quoich) mountains
Wonderful, exceptionally rough and rugged mountains including those on the Knoydart peninsula and inland to the south of Loch Cuaich ...
A Panorama - A' Chraileag, Am Bathach, Bealach a' Choinich, Sgurr an Fhuarail and Sgurr a' Bhealaich Dheirg, Lochalsh & Knoydart
Kintail & North Glen Shiel mountains
A group of high mountains from the Morvich area in Kintail along the north side of Glen Shiel and Loch ...
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 ...
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 ...
Garbh Chioch Mhor and Sgurr na Ciche from Sgurr nan Coireachan, Lochalsh & Knoydart
Sgurr na Ciche, Garbh Chioch Mhor and Sgurr nan Coireachan
Sgurr na Ciche, Garbh Chioch Mhor and Sgurr nan Coireachan are lofty, rough and remote Munros at the west end ...
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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