Recommended day road trips

Strontian to Ardnamurchan Lighthouse

Discover the unspoilt rugged wilderness of the Ardnamurchan Peninsula! Travel on the A861 from Strontian to visit the Ardnamurchan Lighthouse, situated on the most westerly point on the British mainland. Its southern coast runs alongside Loch Sunart and the Sound of Mull. The northern coast looks out towards the Isle of Skye, and the Small Isles of Muck, Eigg and Rhum.

A “jewel in the crown” is the nearby Sanna Bay where you can relax on the pristine silvery sands and enjoy the spectacular views the Bay has to offer.

Combine your trip with visits to local tourist attractions along the way including Resipole Studios and Fine Art Gallery, a whisky tour of the Ardnamurchan Distillery or visit the Ardnamurchan Natural History Visitor Centre.

You may also wish to consider hopping on the Calmac ferry at Kilchoan as a foot passenger to visit the charming ‘wee’ town of Tobermory for a stroll round one of the prettiest ports in Scotland thanks to its brightly painted buildings which line the waterfront and its sheltered bay (made famous by the popular BBC children’s television series “Balamory”). The timetable for this ferry may be viewed here.

Strontian to Glenfinnan

Visit the dramatic incomparable highland scenery the area of Glenfinnan and Loch Shiel have to offer.

Many thousands of visitors from around the world each year are attracted to Glenfinnan to visit the iconic Glenfinnan Monument which commemorates the 1745 Jacobite Rising where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard.

The spectacular 21-arched Glenfinnan viaduct is also a “must visit”. The location, which overlooks Loch Shiel, was made famous by the Harry Potter films, being the route of the Hogwarts Express. If you time your visit right, between the months of April and October, you can view the iconic Jacobite steam-powered engine crossing the viaduct and take the opportunity of capturing some spectacular photographs.

For your onward journey … you can either return to Strontian via Fort William, or continue your journey along the dramatic “Road to the Isles” a road famous for its spectacular scenery from sandy beaches to dramatic hills – green woodlands, heather moors and unforgettable sea views where magnificent sunsets can be seen over the inner hebrides Isles of Rhum, Eigg, Muck, Canna and Skye. Your journey will culminate in the coastal village of Mallaig, which is also the terminus of the West Highland railway line and the gateway to ferry services including the Isle of Skye and the Small Isles.

Strontian to the Isle of Mull (including Tobermory, Iona and the Tresnish Isles)

Take a day trip and discover the beautiful and naturally inspiring Hebridean Isle of Mull.

Calmac Ferry crossings run frequently from Lochaline, making a day trip to the Isle of Mull easily accessible. Lochaline is approximately a 45 minute car journey from Strontian. The Calmac ferry timetable may viewed here.

A popular and highly recommended trip by our guests is a boat trip to see the world-famous Fingal’s Cave and the opportunity to see the huge colonies of Puffins on the Treshnish Isles. Some boat trips depart from the Ardnamurchan Peninsula. Further information and to book a trip, please contact the tour operators direct :

www.staffatours.com

www.staffatrips.co.uk

www.boattripsiona.com

The Isle of Mull is one of the best places to spot the majestic white-tailed sea eagles or take a boat trip for a chance to spot whales, dolphins, basking sharks.

To the west of Mull, you can take a ferry trip to visit the enchanting and sacred Isle of Iona which is a peaceful haven with beautiful bays and home to the Iona Abbey, one of the oldest Christian religious centres in Western Europe.