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Ardnamurchan Camp Site
For Tents & Tourers on the West Coast of Scotland
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The Ardnamurchan Campsite, Kilchoan, Highland,
West Coast of Scotland
Camp Site now closed for Winter. We reopen on Friday 5th April 2019
Local Activities and Things to do near The Ardnamurchan Camp Site
The Ardnamurchan Campsite is perfectly situated on the shoreline to the west of Kilchoan, toward the end of a very peaceful cul de sac. It is the ideal place from which to explore West Ardnamurchan -
The Kilchoan Hotel with public bar and restaurant is a pleasant 2km walk.The village also has a shop and a Community Centre with local information, Cafe and a 3-
Please see below for some photos of the local area and wildlife as well as a list of some of favourite local places to visit and things to do. We’re very grateful to celebrated local photographer Hamza Yassin for many of the wonderful photos.
Our Top 10+ Things to Do around Ardnamurchan Campsite
No1: The Ardnamurchan Lighthouse – Embrace the rugged wild coastal splendour at the most westerly point of mainland Britain. Discover how a Great British innovation transformed the safety of seafarers around the world. Ascend the tower to view the working light, with viewpoints to the Inner and Outer Hebrides. Spoil yourself in the tea room and gift shop. Website.
No2: Sanna Bay: Travel through the caldera of two extinct volcanos to find tranquility upon one of the best, purest and unspoilt beaches on mainland Britain.
No3a: Marine Tour to Staffa and Lunga: Take a boat ride from the Ferry Jetty at Kilchoan to the Treshnish Isles and the famous basalt cavern of Fingals Cave on the Isle of Staffa. Then journey on, to join the wonderful puffins nesting on wild cliff edges of the Isle of Lunga. (April – June). Encounter dolphins, seals, whales, basking sharks, eagles, and a host of sea birds on the journey. Staffa Tours Website.
No3b: Whale Watching Marine Tour: Venture out with Scotlands premier wildlife and whalewatching team to encounter a variety of marine wildlife, including Minke whales, basking sharks, common dolphins, harbor porpoise, seals, white tailed eagles and an abundance of seabirds which go to make the Hebrides the number one whale watching destination in the UK. Website.
No4: Ardnamurchan Distillery: Delve into the secrets whilst savouring the unique processes that go into the making of Scotland’s most famous export. Distillery Website.
No5: The Ardnamurchan Natural History and Wildlife Centre: Visit the ‘Living Building’ experience, designed to bring visitors closer to nature and encourage exploration amongst the unique flora and fauna, geology and history of the spectacular West Ardnamurchan Peninsular. Website.
No6: Tobermory: Take the local ferry to Tobermory -
No7: Ben Hiant: Trek up this 1732 ft volcanic wonder for fabulous views over Loch Sunart, the Inner Hebridean Islands and the majestic Scottish Highlands. Website.
No 8: Resipole Studios: Visit this award-
No9: Walking: West Ardnamurchan offers a wide range of walking experiences. We may not have Munro’s but the wild volcanic landscape, natural wilderness and proximity to the Isles of the Inner Hebrides provides for some of the best and unique walking in the country. Experience dramatic vistas of land and seascapes, enchanting wildlife encounters and serene meditative tranquility. Website.
No10: Cycling: The best way to get out and about around West Ardnamurchan. The single track roads restrict the speed and volume of traffic, making it safer and more enjoyable for cyclists. A number of attractive off road routes provide for further variety and enjoyment. Local bike hire is available.
No.11: Fishing: Miles and miles of unrestricted shoreline gives access to unlimited sea fishing opportunities – mackerel and pollock abound in season. Boat hire and charter is available for those seeking greater challenges. Permits are available for fishing on several of the inshore fresh water lochs.
No12: Boating: Public boat launching facilities, jetties and slipways may be found at Kilchoan, Glenborrowdale, Laga, Salen and several other sites. Loch Sunart is a favourite for many sea kayakers, as is the northern peninsular shoreline. not unusual for small craft to closely encounter dolphins, porpoises and seals.The beaches at Sanna offer limited waves for surfers. Boat Hire Website.
No13: Dark skies: The small population of West Ardnamurchan placed in its geographical expanse, mean it is an obvious choice to experience dark skies. The Aurora Borealis is often observed from Northern and western vantage points. Star filled heavens may be observed on any cloudless night.
No14: 4000 Years of Historical Sites: From bronze age forts to Viking burial sites to poignant ruins of the highland clearances. Heritage Website.
No15: Geology: The far west of Ardnamurchan is dominated by the Great Eucrite Crater, part of the internationally famous Ardnamurchan Ring Complex. A haven for geologists, these long extinct volcanoes can be surveyed and appreciated by all by car, bicycle and on foot. Also the south western tip of Ardnamurchan has rock from the Jurassic period and the ardent paleontologist may find the odd fossil or two revealed down by the shoreline, a very short walk to the west of the campsite.
No16: Bird watching: The tranquil and protected shores of Ardnamurchan and Loch Sunart provide a veritable haven for wild birds – many extremely rare. Golden and Sea Eagles nest on the peninsular and can be regularly viewed, other raptors include buzzards and harriers. The long list of over 100 species you may expect to find on Ardnamurchan can be viewed here -
No. 17: Flora: Fragrant Orchids, Greater Butterfly Orchids and Heath Spotted Orchids all flower in June on the croft and neighbouring crofts. The Early Purple Orchids flower in early June on the limestone beds near the shore to the west of the campsite. The Campsite is adorned with a beautifully diverse selection of highland wildflowers throughout the season. Website.
Local Area Photo Gallery
"Relaxing, beautiful and peaceful. The view is addictive! A brilliant place to get away from it all and just get back to basics. The scenery is stunning -
It's the location, overlooking a sea loch on Scotland's west coast that makes this small campsite so special."
The Times -