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Sunday, 26th February 2017

Ardnamurchan Lighthouse

Lighthouse

Kilchoan
Acharacle
Argyll
PH36 4LN
©Alex Gillespie

Description

Located at Ardnamurchan Point, the most westerly point on the British mainland, Ardnamurchan Lighthouse has been guiding ships safely through the waters off Scotland’s west coast since 1849. The 36 metre tall, pink grantie lighthouse was built in 1849 by Alan Stevenson and is the only lighthouse in the UK to be built in the Egyptian style.

The light is now operated remotely by the Northern Lighthouse Board in Edinburgh. You can visit the former keepers' cottages and outbuildings which are now opened as a visitor centre and museum.

What's Nearby

Please note that the distances stated below are approximate and are calculated as the crow flies. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you check your route before you travel.

Attractions nearby

  1. Sanna Bay

    Beach

    2.02 miles away
  2. ©Lorne Gill/SNH

    Eagles

    Eagles

    Lochaber is home of the iconic Golden Eagle. This majestic and unmistakable bird of prey can often be seen soaring high over hillsides as they favour the remote glens and islands that the region has...

    4.77 miles away
  1. ©Lorne Gill/SNH

    Wildcat

    Wild Cat

    How to increase your chances of spotting a wildcat :

    - Being out at dawn and dusk.
    - Visiting preferred habitats such as woodland edge, rough grassland, moorland fringe.
    - Being in an area that...

    9.9 miles away
  2. Nadurra Centre

    Nàdurra Visitor Centre (formerly Ardnamurchan Natural History Centre)

    Heritage / Visitor Centre

    The Nàdurra Visitor Centre provides visitors with an introduction to the breathtaking variety of flora and fauna to be found on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula, one of the most beautiful corners of...

    10.97 miles away
  3. RSPB Reserve - Glenborrodale

    Glenborrodale RSPB Reserve

    Nature Reserve

    RSPB Reserve - GlenborrodaleA rugged Caledonian Oakwood on the banks of Loch Sunart, on the rugged Ardnamurchan peninsula, wood warblers nest in the spring, along with redstarts, spotted flycatchers...

    11.71 miles away
  4. Bike Drimnin to Doirlinn

    Bike Drimnin to Doirlinn

    Waymarked Trail

    Location: Ardnamurchan and Morvern
    Starting Point: Drimnin
    Trail Length: 11km
    Time Required:
    Route Type:
    Cross Country
    Family / Recreational
    Difficulty:
    Beginner
    Intermediate
    Grade:
    O.S. Map: OS...

    12.1 miles away
  5. ©Lorne Gill/SNH

    Otters

    Animal Collection

    The otter's main habitat is along the sea shore and the banks of rivers, lakes and streams. They are territorial and their territories cover 1 - 3 km along the sea shore and 5 - 20 km along...

    12.11 miles away
  6. ©Lorne Gill/SNH

    Cetaceans (whales, dolphins, porpoises)

    Cetaceans (whales, dolphins, porpoises)

    Whether or not you see whales, dolphins or porpoises is largely dependent on the weather. If it is a windy day with whitecaps on the water it is much harder to spot cetaceans, as they often only...

    12.22 miles away
  7. ©Lorne Gill/SNH

    Manx Shearwater

    Manx Shearwater

    The manx shearwater has long straight slim wings, and is black above and white below.

    It flies with a series of rapid stiff-winged flaps followed by long glides on stiff straight wings over the...

    12.82 miles away
  8. Basking Sharks

    Basking Sharks

    Basking Sharks

    Basking Sharks are a regular visitor to the waters off Lochaber. Every summer, these majestic animals visit UK waters to feed. Despite often being around 6-8 metres (20-26ft) in length, sometimes...

    12.93 miles away
  9. ©Lorne Gill/SNH

    Sea Birds

    Sea Birds

    A range of sea birds can be seen in and around Lochaber, some of which are rare and attract visitors from around the world. These include the likes of guillemots, gannets, Manx Shearwaters, grey...

    13.04 miles away
  10. ©Lorne Gill/SNH

    Wild Fowl

    Wild Fowl

    The ‘wildfowl’ are medium to large birds with rather long or very long necks, mostly short, broad bills, short legs and the front three toes joined by webs.

    Swans are the largest and...

    14.47 miles away
  11. ©Lorne Gill/SNH

    Wading Birds

    Wading Birds

    Several species of Wading Birds visit the Outdoor Capital every year. There are specialised bird watching areas throughout Lochaber.

    14.6 miles away
  12. View of Castle Tioram from the Silver Walk circuit

    Silver Walk circuit near Castle Tioram

    Nature Trail

    Ardnamurchan Local Walks Route No. 5

    MAP: OS Explorer 390 Grid ref: 664714

    START: Park by the phone box at Scuirduish (a house on the road to Dorlin) or at Dorlin in the car park.

    TERRAIN: A...

    15.57 miles away
  13. Castle Tioram ©Alex Gillespie

    Castle Tioram

    Castle / Fort

    Located on the tidal island of Eilean Tioram where Loch Modiart meets the Rivels Shiel, the ruins of Castle Tioram are closed to visitors. However, at low tide it is possible to visit the island and...

    15.67 miles away
  14. ©Lorne Gill/SNH

    Wading Birds

    Wading Birds

    Several species of Wading Birds visit the Outdoor Capital every year. There are specialised bird watching areas throughout Lochaber.

    16.14 miles away
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Activities nearby

  1. Fishing available across Lochaber, in the Outdoor Capital of the UK

    Fishing Scotland - Wild Fishing and Fly Fishing School

    Outdoor Activity/Pursuit Centre

    SCOTLAND'S ONLY VISITSCOTLAND 5-STAR GRADED FLY FISHING SCHOOL & WILD FISHING ACTIVITY PROVIDER
    Across Lochaber Ardnamurchan | Fort William & Glen Nevis | Great Glen and Glen Spean | Glencoe and...

    7.87 miles away
  2. Sea-Kayak Arisaig

    Sea-kayak Arisaig

    Watersports Centre

    Guided Sea-kayaking trips run daily all summer, with either full or half day options, where we explore the myriad of coves, beaches and headlands, respectfully observing the plentiful wildlife during...

    16.58 miles away
  1. Arisaig Sea Kayak Centre Arisaig

    Arisaig Sea Kayak Centre

    Outdoor Activity/Pursuit Centre

    KAYAKING

    19.45 miles away
  2. Traigh Golf Course

    Golf Course

    20.33 miles away
  3. A selection of images across Lochaber, by Fishing Scotland

    Fishing Scotland - Wild Fishing and Fly Fishing School

    Outdoor Activity/Pursuit Centre

    SCOTLAND'S ONLY VISITSCOTLAND 5-STAR GRADED FLY FISHING SCHOOL & WILD FISHING ACTIVITY PROVIDER
    Across Lochaber Ardnamurchan | Fort William & Glen Nevis | Great Glen and Glen Spean | Glencoe and...

    23 miles away
  4. Western Isles Cruises

    Western Isles Cruises

    Boat Trip


     

    1 hour lunchtime cruise
    Join us on a mini cruise to Green Island. This one hour trip will take you up the mouth of Loch Nevis where you will see the Seal’s and Porpoises, the fantastic scenery...

    24.49 miles away
  5. Paintball with Glencoe Activities

    Paintball with Glencoe Activities

    Activity Centre


    A great day out for large groups, paintball is guaranteed to get your blood flowing!

    Great for large families, stag dos, adventure groups and anyone else wanting to try something...

    37.77 miles away
  6. White Water Rafting with Glencoe Activities

    White Water Rafting with Glencoe Activities

    Watersports Centre


    White Water Rafting is a great family activity! Surf the wave, ride the rapids and hold on tight!

    We do White Water Rafting in multiple locations, near Glencoe and Fort William. Minimum age:...

    37.77 miles away
  7. Climbing and Abseiling with Vertical Descents

    Climbing and Abseiling with Vertical Descents

    Adventure Sport Centre

    Want a dry activity that'll get your blood pumping? Climbing and Abseiling fits the bill!

    Fort William and the surrounding area boast some of the best and most famous climbing venues in Scotland...

    37.77 miles away
  8. Coasteering with Vertical Descents

    Coasteering with Vertical Descents

    Adventure Sport Centre

    Tried Canyoning and White Water Rafting? Then Coasteering might be for you!

    The Ultimate Ocean Rush! Coasteering is the latest in pioneering activities on the British coastline and has all the...

    37.77 miles away
  9. Fun Yakking with Glencoe Activities

    Fun Yakking with Glencoe Activities

    Funyakking


    Funyakking is a great alternative to White Water Rafting! Or if you want to try kayaking but lack the confidence!

    We'll take you down grade 1/2/3 rivers, giving a a great ride, but not too...

    37.77 miles away
  10. Canyoning with Vertical Descents

    Canyoning with Vertical Descents

    Adventure Sport Centre

    Vertical Descents brought Canyoning to Scotland in 1997 and now offers the best Canyoning experience in the UK! While offering canyoning to anyone coming to the Highlands, they also train outdoor...

    38.03 miles away
  11. Vertical Descents

    Vertical Descents

    Adventure Sport Centre

    Ranked as Fort William's No. 1 outdoor activity attraction on Tripadvisor in 2012, we work hard to make our activities the highlight of your holiday! Find us on the A82 between Glencoe and Fort...

    38.03 miles away
  12. Paintballing with Vertical Descents

    Paintballing with Vertical Descents

    Adventure Sport Centre

    Get a team together and let rip in our amazing natural paintball sites. Paintballing offers you a fun and exciting outdoor activity experience. We run a selection of games throughout your session,...

    38.03 miles away
  13. River Bugging with Vertical Descents

    River Bugging with Vertical Descents

    Adventure Sport Centre

    On those days in the Highlands when you can't go White Water Rafting, River Bugging is the best alternative.

    A River Bug is a one-man inflatable raft that allows you to navigate down small-medium...

    38.03 miles away
  14. Kayaking with Vertical Descents

    Kayaking with Vertical Descents

    Adventure Sport Centre

    While Vertical Descents does lots of group water activities like White Water Rafting and Canyoning, in our spare time we're all kayakers!

    If you're a kayaker and want to sample what Fort...

    38.03 miles away
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Accommodation nearby

  1. Glunuig Inn bunkhouse

    Glenuig Inn Bunkhouse

    Bunkhouse


    Welcome to Glenuig Inn, the great base for doing things on the West Coast of Scotland, located right beside the beach in a sheltered bay at the centre of the Sound of Arisaig.

    Our combination of...

    16.58 miles away
  2. Glenuig Inn

    Glenuig Inn

    Inn


    Welcome to Glenuig Inn, the great base for doing things on the West Coast of Scotland, located right beside the beach in a sheltered bay at the centre of the Sound of Arisaig.

    Our combination of...

    16.58 miles away
  1. Mingarry Lodges

    Mingarry Lodges

    Self-Catering

    Ardnamurchan is renowned for beautiful wild landscapes and is a great place to see some of Scotland's most iconic wildlife. Enjoy close encounters with pine martens and red squirrels at Mingarry...

    16.76 miles away
  2. The Arisaig Hotel

    The Arisaig Hotel

    Hotel

    In an area of outstanding natural beauty, overlooking Arisaig Bay and out towards the Isles of Eigg and Muck, Arisaig Hotel is an old coaching inn built in around 1720.

    It offers en suite rooms,...

    19.12 miles away
  3. Ach na skia Croft Lodges and view of Eigg and Rum

    Ach na skia Croft

    Self-Catering

    A cottage and lodges with stunning views across the sea to the islands of Eigg, Rum and Skye. Sauna, games room, play area, Wi-Fi internet access, sea kayak hire available. 3 and 4 star.

    19.44 miles away
  4. Ceithir Raichean Self Catering, Morar

    Ceithir Raithean Self Catering

    Self-Catering

    Ceithir Raithean Self Catering, a striking wooden house of spacious dimensions, tastefully designed using much natural material, maximising on light and space.

Set in an excellent coastal/rural...

    21.7 miles away
  5. Party at Jocks Lodge

    Loch Nevis Bunkhouse

    Bunkhouse


    Castaway to the remotest Bunkhouse in the West!

    For those seeking a different break, this bunkhouse, belonging to intrepid lone Atlantic rower and adventurer Tom McClean, is the answer. At...

    27.47 miles away
  6. Knoydart Hide Bedroom

    Knoydart Hide luxury escape for 2+

    Self-Catering

    Knoydart Hide, luxury self catering accommodation holiday house lodge – unique to Knoydart.

    Just opened March 2014 stunning Knoydart accommodation with floodlit outdoor hot tub, infra red sauna for...

    29.55 miles away
  7. Knoydart House

    Knoydart House

    Self-Catering

    Luxury New eco-designed hideaway on the remote Knoydart Peninsula is a really stunning luxury holiday house with top-quality fittings and many special touches, vaulted open beam ceilings, open fire...

    29.56 miles away
  8. Mill Cottage - Fort William

    Mill Cottage - Fort William

    Self-Catering

    Mill Cottage offers excellent self catering accommodation just 10 mins from Fort William the Outdoor Capital of the UK. Nestled in an idylic waterside location between Fort William and Glencoe,...

    37.49 miles away
  9. Cuilcheanna House

    Cuilcheanna House

    Guest House

    Welcome to Cuilcheanna House
    Mary and Kirstie welcome you to Cuilcheanna House, a four star country guest house situated off the A82 in Onich overlooking Loch Linnhe towards Kentallen Bay and the...

    37.8 miles away
  10. Ballachulish hotel

    Ballachulish Hotel

    Hotel

    On the shores of Loch Linnhe and Loch Leven and at the foot of the dramatic Glencoe. The Ballachulish Hotel provides a warm and welcome all year round. The baronial splendour of it's architecture and...

    39.6 miles away
  11. The Old Coach House

    The Old Coach House - Alltshellach Cottages

    Self-Catering

    Situated in a peaceful hamlet close to the banks of Loch Leven in the Scottish Highlands our two self-catering holiday cottages are surrounded by some of the most spectacular scenery in Scotland....

    40.43 miles away
  12. The Old Stables

    The Old Stables - Alltshellach Cottages

    Self-Catering

    Situated in a peaceful hamlet close to the banks of Loch Leven in the Scottish Highlands our two self-catering holiday cottages are surrounded by some of the most spectacular scenery in Scotland....

    40.43 miles away
  13. Linnhe Lochside Holidays Touring Site

    Linnhe Lochside Holidays Touring Site

    Touring Pitches Provider

    Where better to spend part of your touring or camping holiday in the Scottish Highlands? Only a moments stroll from the lochside with free fishing just yards from your pitch. Linnhe is set amongst...

    41.12 miles away
  14. Linnhe Lochside Holidays Caravan Park

    Linnhe Lochside Holidays Caravan Park

    Camping & Caravan Site

    Caravan Holiday Homes
    All our caravans have WC, shower, gas cooker, fridge, microwave, cafetiere, remote control TV, DVD-player and heating to lounge and bedrooms. Duvets & pillows are provided for...

    41.12 miles away
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