A recent visitor to our beautiful area wrote a great blog about his travels. We have split this down into 4 parts for you to enjoy, along with great photos....

"Experiencing Ardnamurchan” by Kev Burnley.

Part 1 – The Arrival

Driving east along the A861 from Strontian, near where the Carnoch River flowing eagerly in the opposite direction, as if keen to meet its destiny and become the wonderful sea loch that is Sunart, there is a point that many visitors to Ardnamurchan, having been awed and seduced in equal measure by its magic, must know only too well.  For it’s the point at which, heralded by the clatter of the final cattle grid, that the road suddenly gets wider and faster, and you seem to be released - catapulted almost - unwillingly towards the Corran Ferry, the portal back into a real world from which you’ve all too briefly escaped.

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The few miles from there toward Ardgour and the short return trip back across the Straits seem to afford exactly the right amount of time in which to contemplate the eye-aching beauty that you’ve left behind, and to wonder when you'll again experience the mesmeric scenery of this corner of Scotland.  I suspect it is travelled in that particular direction in silence for the most part, as if the travelling companions have had some divine revelation bestowed on them and need that time for reflection.  Only on reaching the ferry might the silence be broken by a conversation born of mutual appreciation for an undoubtedly exquisite part of the world, and the exhilaration of having shared an Ardnamurchan Experience.

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Travelling the opposite direction of course, it’s another matter entirely.   The road at once captures you and demands you slow down, adjust to "Ardnamurchan Time", and begin to take in the first scenic splendour of the place.  First time visitors are at once hooked.   And the further west your adventure takes you, the more you’re entranced, bewitched and beguiled, because at every twist and turn there’s a new vista,  another photograph to be taken - just as you imagine you’ve seen the best of it, it spellbinds you with another panorama, glimpsed through a curtain of oak, alder and rhododendron.

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