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. 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. To the east a number of glens have paths through to the remote inland areas of Glen Affric, Loch Mullardoch and Loch Monar, several forming sections of worthy long distance routes.
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