Passage through Wilderness
Comfort in the Outdoors
Slow adventure is a form of tourism which avoids the adrenalin-pumping hits of many commercial adventure experiences, in favour of slow, immersive journeys, living in and travelling through wild places and cultural spaces, and experiencing nature in its seasons, its different weather and its variations.
Slow adventure guides allow visitors to gain privileged insights and knowledge about the nature and culture of the region they have come to experience and to be assured that the people involved in providing their holiday have expertise and local knowledge of the area around them and are committed to the place’s cultural and natural integrity.
Pedal & Paddle
Pedal, paddle and taste your way around the Ardnamurchan Peninsula on this three-day foodie slow adventure.
Your journey begins at Ardtornish estate, located in the southerly corner of the beautiful Morvern peninsula. Spend the night in a grand Victorian apartment or traditional cosy cottage and dine at the award-winning Whitehouse Restaurant to sample the very best of local and seasonal produce. After a restful night, breakfast on a well-stocked hamper of local produce to fuel a day of pedaling.
Leaving from Ardtornish Estate, the first day's adventure will be pedal powered. Aspect 40 Scott bikes will be ready and waiting courtesy of Sunart Cycles. Self- guided and armed with a map, cycle through some of the most breath-taking scenery, stopping to explore heather-clad hills or taking a bracing dip in the waters of remote lochs or rivers. A crafted feast of artisan bread, local cheese, smoked salmon, fresh hand-picked berries or similar will be companions for the day.
After a day of exploring by bike, cosy up in Sunart Campsite's bespoke cedar cabins which are fully insulated with underfloor heating. Head along the road to dine at the award winning Kilcamb lodge where they take time to track down the best local produce.
The second day's adventure starts with a paddle across the silken waters of one of the many tidal or freshwater lochs on the peninsula. Search beaches and rocky outcrops, and spot otters and seals under the experienced leadership of Otter Adventures' qualified guide.
Stop off for lunch on a remote beach or secluded island. Taste the homemade breads and local produce prepared locally by the Ariundle Centre.
Rest, share stories and unwind while the coffee is brewed on a wood burning stove. The pace of everyday life is much slower and more relaxed when out in the wild. Embrace it!
End your active day on the water at the delightful Ardshealach Lodge to taste real home-grown dishes and spend the night in one of its luxury bedrooms. Depending upon availability, you may be staying in the friendly Strontian Hotel for a wee dram with the locals and a good night's sleep upstairs.
The Whitehouse Restaurant
At the heart of the small village of Lochaline and overlooking the Sound of Mull, the Whitehouse is uncomplicated, welcoming and provides a feast for travelers. From the first day the Whitehouse opened its doors to passing travellers it has embraced Slow Food’s principals of good, clean and fair food. We are also great believers in keeping food miles down to a minimum and cooking with produce that is locally grown by small scale passionate producers.
Exploring the Ardnamurchan Peninsula is arguably best seen at a slower pace. Exploring by bike allows us to stop and make time to appreciate our natural surroundings. Incorporating slow tourism into our business is an important step into giving customers an alternative way of enjoying their time on the Peninsula.
We're renowned for our speciality home-made bread, cakes and patés using local ingredients. Through our local crafts and workshops we share important skills such as knitting, spinning, and natural dying using wool from our own sheep. End your slow adventure with a walk through our National Nature Reserve – a path that takes you through ancient Sunart Oak woodlands.
Spreads out around Loch Aline, a huge, wooded, U- shaped bay, a natural haven. From watching the sun set from a lofty peak to diving the depths of the crystal- clear waters; from exploring our gardens to discovering wildlife all around; from picnics on the beach to fine dining in one of Scotland’s best restaurants; from fishing for salmon to stalking our deer forest; from walks in the woods to exploring the glens from the saddle. Get muddy, breathe deeply, relax completely and soak up the sheer beauty of this wonderful part of west Scotland.
This area of the Ardnamurchan peninsula is known for its unspoilt landscapes and is one of the most beautiful and scenic areas of the country. Enjoy the tranquility of being close to nature in a bespoke cedar camping cabins, built from locally sourced cedar wood. The cabins are well insulated to help us do our part for the environment and reduce our carbon footprint.
Our kitchen garden is the backbone of Ardshealach. It provides fresh vegetables and fruit for the restaurant which allows us to stay true to our core values of using seasonal and local produce.
Journey through the beauty of the Ardnamurchan Peninsula by canoe and immerse yourself in these unique natural landscapes. Our experienced and qualified guides share local knowledge and insights into the region's history and culture, making a passage through these wild places a richer and transformative adventure.
We pride ourselves on sourcing a wide range of produce from the area, ranging from venison from surrounding estates to smoked salmon and locally grown vegetables. Our menu is varied throughout the year to serve the very best of locally sourced produce, creating a prime example of what Slow Food represents.
A friendly small highland hotel built in the 19th Century, it has one of the best panoramic loch and mountain views in Lochaber.
To enquire about Foodie Pedal and Paddle please visit www.otter-adventures.co.uk.
Accommodation may vary depending on availability.
Canoe itineraries are dependent on weather conditions.
Other Slow Adventures just waiting to be discovered....
SAILING, WILD YOGA, AND WELLBEING: relax and unwind on this slow adventure to the Small Isles and Skye. Enquiries and booking at Selkie Explorers.
RIDE WILD ON KNOYDART: explore beautiful Morar and the Knoydart Peninsula by safari, horseback, boat and foot. Enquiries and booking at Wilder Ways.
GREAT GLEN CANOE & WILD CAMP: a taste of slow living and guided adventure through Scotland's epic Great Glen. Enquiries and booking at Active Highs.
ISLAND ESCAPE SEA KAYAK: take yourself away from it all and explore the magical island of Canna by foot and kayak. Enquiries and booking at Arisaig Sea Kayak Centre.
ISLAND LIVING: wind down to the pace of island living on a slow adventure to the Isle of Eigg. Enquiries and booking at Isle of Eigg.
Information on all our slow adventures can be found at:
Slow Adventure in Northern Territories (SAINT) is a project, co-financed by the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme, which draws together a range of partners – research centres, local government and SMEs – in Scotland, Ireland, Finland, Norway, Iceland, Northern Ireland and Sweden.