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”.
Discover and explore Lochalsh and Knoydart through the articles and links below.
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