Local History & Castles

The geology of the Ardnamurchan Peninsula is of both national and international significance. The element Strontium is named after Strontian where it was first discovered at the end of the 18th century. The Strontian mines however are more famous for the mineral, galena, used for producing lead. The mines are no longer active but the area attracts many visiting geologists each year.

For those interested in the geology of the area and our local history, further information is available on the following websites:


Historic and popular attractions with our guests include a visit to Castle Tioram in Acharacle, which dates back to the 13th century and lies on a rocky, tidal island in Loch Moidart, only a short drive from Strontian. During low tide, you can walk out to the castle and explore the area around the Castle.

The historic Kiel Church and Old Session House which stand on a striking location on the hillside above Lochaline, looking out over both the Sound of Mull and Loch Aline. Within the Old Session House is an amazing collection of ancient grave slabs which date back from the 1300s and two of the simpler stones are thought to have served as boundary crosses and date back to the 700s! The sheer amount of effort and artistry that has gone into carving these stones is breath-taking and certainly a worthwhile visit.