2023: Exploring Sunart and Morar: West Coast of Scotland


In April 2023 we explored an area of the west coast of Scotland encompassing Lochs Sunart and Morar.


We had booked our two hotels at the beginning of the year, and as is well known Scotland’s weather in April can be anything from cold and blizzardy to warm and sunny.


We were so lucky: the days before our trip were cold and rainy, and the days after our trip were cold and rainy; the days we were on holiday were fabulous!


We had two nights at Kilcamb Lodge and four nights at the Glenuig Inn – both hotels we can very much recommend.



View of Loch Sunart and the snow covered mountain Creach Bheinn. There is a fabulous road bike ride through the landscape of Cheach Bheinn, and this ride was at the top of our list for the holiday. And we were so lucky: the weather glorious!




We did the loop clockwise. That way you can enjoy a long downhill section to Achleek. And now having done the ride, going up that hill would be daunting!


Looking west along Loch Sunart at low tide: N56.6886, W5.5382.

The ride is 31-miles in length with 2964ft of ascent.

In our grading system the ride is hard-C(72W).

3-hours 45-minutes of cycling time, 1200kCal.


At the bridge over River Carnoch: B8043


The weather was fabulous: around 12degC, blue sky and no wind!


Looking northeast to snow-capped Ben Nevis

Approaching Lochan Doire a Bhraghaid


Looking southwest towards Loch Linnhe from N56.6603, W5.4067


On the shores of Loch Linnhe from N65.6408, W5.4365


Loch Linnhe from N56.6208, W5.4632


After the long decent, around 2-miles on the A884 heading north, we again see Loch Sunart: N56.6769, W5.6081


After our two nights at Kilcamb Lodge we moved our base to Glenuig Inn.


For the first full day at our new base we took advantage of the tides to explore Tioram Castle, on its causeway accessed island. It can be included with, what has to be, one of the best small walks in Scotland: The Silver Walk Loop.


Only 3.3 miles, an easy two-hours, packed with interest!


Situated on a small craggy island in Loch Moidart, Tioram Castle is a magic place to spend some time.

The Silver Walk (called this because of a horde of Elizabethan silver coins found during the path’s construction) proceeds up steps from the beach.


The path is narrow in places, but never difficult.

The track proceeds inland, away from the loch, to the remains of a village cleared during the Highland Clearances, around 1838.


At a collection of small lochans the track turns back to the west, and skirts the banks of a header loch for a small hydroelectric plant (now defunct)


The track proceeds downhill back to the loch shore and the car park. This is a very rewarding short walk!


The following day we were back on our bikes to repeat a cycle ride we had done several years ago. Unlike the previous occasion, the weather this time was great!


24-miles with 2000ft of ascent, the route is graded hard-B(70W), around 3-hours and 900kCal.


We drove the bikes to Arisaig and cycled from there to Mallaig.


Heading north we pass the first of the ‘Silver Sands’ beaches.


The silver sands beaches have been used for many movie locations, including Local Hero.


The beaches are very photogenic, with many of the Inner Hebrides islands visible.


It was great to see this area in such fabulous weather.


For our last day we walked from the hotel to ‘White Sands’. Although a bit of a ‘bog-trot’, the idyllic sandy bay was worth it.


7-miles with 1350ft of ascent, around 3 ½ hours.


The walk gave us great views of the islands: Muck, Eigg, Rum and Skye.


We first walked to Loch na Bairness.


And then on to the White Sands of Smirisary beach.


Another idyllic location


And another great holiday on the west-coast of the Highlands of Scotland


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