Hidden gems                          

Take a trip over to Ardnamurchan,  Britain's last wilderness where it is difficult not to spot deer, find yourself a quiet spot by the water and you might be lucky enough to spot an otter fishing for it's lunch. Right at the point is Ardnamurchan lighthouse and make sure not to miss out on Sanna Bay with it's beautiful beach.

A drive through Glen Lonan with lots of Highland cows to see, nice scenery and come out at Taynuilt to collect smoked salmon or trout pate from Inverawe smokehouse for lunch.

An outing to the Caledonian Canal which runs from Corpach to Fort Augustus is also an afternoon well spent, it offers a splendid cyclepath and walkway from where to watch the hussle & bustle of the boats passing through.

A trip on the Jacobite Train from Fort William to Mallaig is always a good day out. The famous Harry Potter train will take you on Britain's most scenic rail journey. A drive up to Mallaig will take you through Glenfinnan and if you time it right you'll be able to take some cracking photographs of the Jacobite steamtrain passing over the Glenfinnan viaduct. Further up that road are the lovely beaches of Morar and if you take the A861 for the journey back home via Salen you'll be rewarded with some spectacular sea views to return on the Corran Ferry.


If you fancy venturing off the beaten track take the road on the east side of Loch Ness, this will take you to Foyers and a lovely walk to the waterfall which flows into Loch Ness. Picnic here and you might see red squirrels.

Head over Ballachullish Bridge and turn off for Kinlochleven after 5 miles you'll find the Kinlochleven Seafood Cafe, mighty good!

Another lovely place for lunch is the boathouse at Kingairloch as you head over via the Corran Ferry.

An outing to Mull, if you take the car across make sure to head for Glengorm Castle north of Tobermory to have lunch. Visit Tobermory with it's colourful seafront and it's many lovely shops. There is a great walk from the Pier toward the lighthouse with wonderful views over the Sound of Mull and return via the golfcourse. 

A visit to Castle Stalker Cafe and enjoy the views over to one of Scotland's loveliest castles.

The lively port way of Oban is just 45 minutes away. Climb up to McCaig's tower and enjoy the island views. Visit the Chocolate factory to enjoy their goodies and watch the boats come & go.
On Kerrera, just off Oban's coast,on the south tip is Gylen Castle with views over the Gavellachs, make sure to visit the quaint tearoom on the island also. 




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