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Plockton

Made famous as the setting for TV series HAMISH MACBETH this small lochside village is one of the most attractive in Scotland, an idyllic place in an idyllic setting. A row of neatly painted cottages hugs the shoreline following the curve of the tiny harbour. Palm trees line the main street and the whole scene is framed by a landscape of islands, heather and pine. Across the harbour the views are of white cottages on a craggy point, with the mountains of Wester Ross in the background. It comes as no surprise to find that Plockton is a haven for artists.

Things to do include summer boat trips. These are advertised by the harbour and available for fishing or seal spotting. During the busiest months pleasure trips depart several times a day. Craig Rare Breeds Farm, midway between Plockton and Stromeferry, has ancient breeds of Scottish farm animals as well as llamas and peacocks.

Also close by is Lochalsh Woodland Garden. Here visitors are welcome throughout the year. The gardens are pleasantly sheltered and a walk by the lochside reveals new developments as well as many tree specimens over 100 years old (including Palm trees!). Meanwhile, Kyle of Lochalsh is only some five miles to the south west, and beyond it is the Isle of Skye.

Dunvegan Castle

From the Dunvegan Castle Website...
Dunvegan Castle is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and has been the stronghold of the Chiefs of MacLeod for nearly 800 years. Built on a rock, it has survived clan battles, the extremes of feast and famine and the profound social, political and economic changes through which the Western Highlands and Islands have passed.

Originally designed to keep people out, romantic and historic Dunvegan Castle was first opened to the public in 1933. Over the years, we have given a warm Highland welcome to visitors including Sir Walter Scott, Dr Johnson, Queen Elizabeth II and the Japanese Emperor Akihito and we now look forward to welcoming you.

Eilean Donan Castle.

From the Eilean Donan Castle Website...
As one of the most iconic images of Scotland, Eilean Donan is recognised all around the world. Situated on an island at the point where three great sea lochs meet, and surrounded by some majestic scenery, it is little wonder that the castle is now one of the most visited and important attractions in the Scottish highlands.

Partially destroyed in a Jacobite uprising in 1719, Eilean Donan lay in ruins for the best part of 200 years until Lieutenant Colonel John MacRae-Gilstrap bought the island in 1911 and proceeded to restore the castle to its former glory. After 20 years of toil and labour the castle was re-opened in 1932. Today, you can explore nearly every part of the castle, and enjoy a journey through the history of the area. The Castle now has its own visitor centre, which includes the Ticket Office, Coffee Shop, Gift Shop and toilets.

Lochcarron, Applecross.

From the Lochcarron Website...
Lochcarron is undoubtedly one of the gems of the North Western Highlands of Scotland. This very beautiful part of Wester Ross abounds in some of the most magnificent scenery in the British Isles with the mountains of Applecross and Torridon, rivers and glens, lochs and villages such as Applecross, Kishorn, Lochcarron, Shieldaig & Torridon, looking out to the Western Isles and the Atlantic Ocean.

There is an abundance of wildlife, climbing and walking are superb, boating and sailing, fishing in rivers and lochs. For those interested in diving, another magnificent world of marine life exists beneath the waves. The waters in and around Loch Carron are particularly noted for their superb clarity making it an ideal place for underwater photography.

Art Courses are available in the area and you can search out your ancestors in this land full of Clan History. If you play golf, Lochcarron has its own 9-hole course in a superb loch side location and visitors are very welcome. For railway enthusiasts, we have the famous Kyle Line which featured as one of Michael Palin’s “Great Railway Journeys of the World”.

Armadale Castle.

"Southern Skye's best visitor attraction"
Armadale Castle Gardens and Museum of the Isles is set in the heart of a 20,000 acre Highland estate. Experience a visit to the 40 acre Woodland Garden set in around the ruins of Armadale Castle. The warm, generally frost free climate of the west coast of Scotland allows these sheltered gardens; dating back to the 17th century, to flourish. The estate, once part of the traditional lands of Clan Donald, was purchased by the Clan Donald Lands Trust in 1971. The Trust has restored the gardens and part of the Castle, created the Museum of the Isles, founded the Study Centre, built holiday accommodation and established a visitor centre that appeals to all age groups.

Boat Trips.

There is an excellent glass bottomed boat boat trip from the Kyle of Lochalsh which is extremely popular with adults and children, it has also been featured on TV the website is: Seaprobeatlantis

Cuillin Hills, the Five Sisters....

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