Things to see & do
Walking, cycling, kayaking, fishing, NC500, Eilean Donan Castle, Skye, whiskey – where to start? There will be short of days once you are on location. Some suggestions for your time in Tigh an Eilean.
In addition to many beautiful short coastal and inland walks, there are nine Munros (peaks over 3,000 feet high) and 8 Corbetts (hills over 2,500 feet high) within a 10 mile radius of Lochcarron. Details can be found in the Lochcarron Out and About guide which can be ordered online (there is a copy in the house).
Additionally the Walk Highlands website shows details, gradings and maps of local routes.
There are various crags close by for beginners. The famous multi-pitch climb of Cioch’s Nose is located on the road to Applecross.
There are some fantastic sailing opportunities close by. For those with a small boat it can be launched on the beach in front of the house.
A list of places to fish and rules around the catch can be found here.
Permits for fishing in front of the house can be obtained from Roddy ‘Butcher’ MacLennan in Lochcarron. Find more here.
Train to Kyle of Lochalsh
The Kyle Line is one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys. It goes from Inverness on the east coast of Scotland through to Kyle of Lochalsh on the west. Why not take the train and alight at Duncraig (a request stop so let the driver know) and walk along the footpath to Plockton. After lunch you can return by train to Strathcarron.
Road cycling – There are some great cycling circuits nearby including the two annual sportif events of Bealach Beag and Bealach Mor, both take you over the 600m Bealach na Bà which is Britain’s longest continuous cycle ascent.
Mountain biking – There are many off-road and mountain biking routes within easy access of the house. Favourites include the track to Ben Dronaig accessed via Attadale and the more challenging single-track classic Coulin circuit to Achnashellach. Check out GO-WHERE, which is running fantastic courses.
Eilean Donan Castle
Explore the 13th Century Eilean Donan Castle and you will embark on a journey that takes you through time and history. It is one of the most recognised castles in Scotland, only 35 minutes by car.
Isle of Skye
Will you tick Isle of Skye off your bucket list? Explore this famous and magnificent island, which is only a 40-minute drive away.
Applecross & Shieldaig
The road to Applecross passes over the Bealch na Bà (pass of the cattle) and boasts impressive views of the Cullin mountains of Skye. Applecross has fantastic beaches and some lovely places to eat, including the Applecross Inn and the Applecross Walled Garden. Driving north around the Applecross coast road leads you to Shieldaig with its Caledonian Pine trees. The beautiful Shieldaig Island is managed by the National Trust for Scotland.
Plockton is a pretty village boasting palm trees on its shores. It has some great coral beaches, places to eat and is the departure point for Callum’s boat trips to see seals.
There is an friendly pony-trekking centre at Glenshiel (45 minutes by car) which caters for riders of all capability. See website for more information.
Whisky tasting is available at the Carron Restaurant. You will learn all about the Scottish speciality. Become an expert and taste different whiskies from different areas. Be sure to book ahead.
Attadale Gardens is further along the road towards Kyle of Lochalsh, it has a sculpture collection, water gardens, sunken garden, Japanese garden, kitchen garden, fern garden, and a DIY tea room. Open from 1st April to 31st October. Visit its website for more information.
Lochcarron Highland Games
The Lochcarron Highland Games is a major annual event in Lochcarron in July, also held at Attadale gardens. The Games feature a traditional mixture of heavy events, track and field plus highland dancing and piping displays. There is also an all-comers hill race.