Ardnamurchan West Coast Scotland Road Trip

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Ardnamurchan is a 50-square-mile peninsula in the area of Lochaber, Highland, Scotland, it is noted for being unspoiled, undisturbed and picturesque.
We decided to visit this part of Scotland as it's known to be quiet and slightly off the beaten track.

Our Ardnamurchan Route

We set off driving from Glasgow and decided to take the route via Fort William-Lochailort-Salen, This is a longer route but fancied trying it out and it did not disappoint on the scenic views but a lot of the roads were single file and took quite a while to get there! On the way back home we opted to take the much shorter route of the Ardnamurchan-Strontian-Corran ferry (Which takes 5 minutes!)-Glencoe-Glasgow.

Camping at Ardnamurchan campsite

Ardnamurchan Campsite offers a slice of paradise for those seeking a tranquil escape. Priced at just £11 per person per night, this gem of a campsite provides an idyllic haven for adventurers and nature lovers alike, it has an intimate and peaceful atmosphere. Our stay had an oceanfront pitch that gifted us sweeping views of Mull Island across the water. A nice feature of this campsite is the direct access to the beach where BBQs are permitted (Marshmallows anyone?)

One of the conveniences we appreciated was the ability to park right beside our pitch. No lugging heavy gear vast distances, everything we needed was within arm's reach.

Day trip to Mull and Tobermory

Our ferry route from Kilchoan to Ilse of Mull

Ardnamurchan Lighthouse

Accessing the lighthouse is via a simple traffic light system due to the simple fact that you are on a cliff edge and it is a single-track road. When it turns green, you're good to go! Parking is hassle-free, leaving you more time to enjoy the surroundings. Entry is free, so you can make the most of your visit without worrying about costs. Grab a cup of coffee from the little cafe, which in my opinion was one of the best I've ever had!
Explore reasonably priced gifts in the small gift shop, I got an adorable wooden Highland cow keyring - who could resist?!

Ardnamurchan lighthouse itself offers guided tours and you can get to the very top of the Lighthouse to look out over the views. You are also free to walk around the grounds and safely navigate the cliffs as there have been some recent safety measures i.e. fences etc. The Foghorn was impressive but I was glad it did not go off whilst standing beside it!
If you're a photography enthusiast, you're in for a treat. The 360-degree views offered here are a canvas for your creative vision. While the wind adds a lively touch, remember to hold onto your hats! I met two friendly collie dogs as I strolled about who affectionately kept bringing me Kelp gifts from the sea. But the real star here is the lighthouse and its position – it marks the most westerly edge of the mainland, offering a one-of-a-kind perspective where land and sea embrace.

In summary, Ardnamurchan Lighthouse invites you to a day of simple pleasures – from coffee to gifts and friendly dogs to breathtaking views. Come and experience the charm of this unique destination.

Sanna Bay Beach

On our journey to Sanna Bay, we stumbled upon a little community shop, that looked like a little shed from the roadside, We got some fresh Sugar Snap peas and gooseberries, grown right on the neighbouring land and the payment system is via a little honesty box.

After a short while along the single-track road we finally arrived at the Sanna Bay car park, It was busy, which shows its popularity but we managed to get a parking spot in no time. We set off on foot along a small track road and then veered off onto some sand dunes and as we ascended the brow of the last dune we were met with a breathtaking scene- a true feast for the eyes!

The contrast between the pure white sands and the turquoise waters and with the sun casting its warm glow it was a day when nature's wonders and perfect weather coalesced and created memories that will linger long after the journey ended.

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