to the West Highland Peninsulas of Ardnamurchan, Moidart, Morvern, Sunart and Ardgour
Jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean on the North West Coast of Scotland, it is a land of rugged mountains, stunning coastlines, beautiful lochs, historic castles, amazing night skies, ancient woodlands and heather moorland.
Steeped in history and Celtic legends, it remains unspoilt to this day and once visited, it is a place that will be forever in your heart.
If you have only just discovered us, welcome to the best kept secret in the British Isles, and we can't wait to share it with you. If you are returning to this wonderful unspoilt part of Scotland, then welcome back. Either way, please do follow our Coronavirus: Visitor Charter while you are here.
As the main gateway to the West Highland Peninsulas, Ardgour is where the Ferry crosses the Corran Narrows to transport visitors our visitors to this beautiful, remote and unspoilt corner of the Scottish Highlands
Ardnamurchan is probably the most remote of the West Highland Peninsulas. It is home to the most westerly point on the British Mainland. Its southern edge runs along beautiful Loch Sunart and its northern edge features a dramatic coastline and wonderful beaches, such as the one at Sanna Bay.
The West Highland Peninsula of Moidart is a wild and beautiful place, designated as a National Scenic Area for its outstanding scenery and landscape, and steeped in history. Home to Castle Tioram, a 13th Century fortress and described by Winston Churchill as one of the most beautiful places he knew.
The West Highland Peninsula of Morvern is one of the few places in the UK that has hardly been touched by modern life and because of a lack of human intervention, it boasts a great diversity of animals, birds and flowers.
The West Highland Peninsula of Sunart is home to one of the best surviving remnants of the ancient Atlantic oak forest which once clothed most of the west coast of Scotland.
We are delighted to be able to continue to welcome visitors back to the West Highland Peninsulas!
In the time since the lockdown restrictions at the start of July, it has been great to see so many of our regular visitors return and to also see so many new visitors arrive and fall I love with our Peninsulas. Also, we are grateful to all visitors and businesses who have followed our Coronavirus: Visitor Charter and played their part in protecting one another and mitigating the risk of spreading the coronavirus.
We all know that the situation with COVID-19 is continually changing and we would ask all our visitors to plan ahead, check guidance from local businesses and read the latest official Scottish Government, NHS Scotland and Visit Scotland guidelines relating to COVID-19. With infection rate increasing in recent weeks, the Scottish Government has put in new measures to further protect us all from an upsurge in cases. These measures came into effect on 23 September 2020 and focused on no household visits and a 10pm closing time for all hospitality settings. You can find full details on these measures on the Scottish Government’s website.
HOTELS AND B&Bs: These remain open for business, however only one household (or 'extended household') can stay in each room booked at an establishment. Please note hotels and B&Bs can have guests staying in more than one room at any given time, so social distancing must be maintained by anyone from separate households.
SELF-CATERING ACCOMMODATION: These remain open for business, however people from more than one household must not stay in self-catered accommodation together while the current restrictions on indoor private gatherings are in place. If your party does contain people from more than one household, we advise you to contact your accommodation provider and discuss the implications with them.
SHOPPING: A real lifeline for us throughout lockdown, all our village shops are open, well stocked, and looking forward to seeing you, but there are a few changes to be aware of:
DRINKING AND EATING OUT: Most of our cafes, pubs and restaurants are open again and some may offer takeaway meals. Customers should wear a face covering or mask while entering, exiting and moving around a premise, but this can be removed once seated at a table. As with shops, please observe all physical distancing measures that are in place and note that card or contactless payments are preferred.
ORGANISED ACTIVITIES: You can still book your household onto organised activities - outdoor activities, tours, coaches - alongside other unconnected households, as these operators are still allowed to take larger numbers where capacity allows. You should keep to your own household within the activity, follow 2 m physical distancing (1 m for organised day boat trips) and wear your mask on coaches, tours and boat trips.
PUBLIC TOILETS: Not all public toilets (and showers) and Chemical Toilet disposal points are open this year so please plan ahead!
FERRIES: The Corran Ferry is running to its normal timetable and has guidance in place to support social distancing and hygiene measures. Caledonian MacBrayne ferries to Mull are operating at reduced capacity to allow social distancing measures. Please check out the CalMac website for full details.
TENTS, MOTOR HOMES & WILD CAMPING: The West Highland Peninsulas is a popular place for camping and camper vans and while this is now permitted, we would encourage you to read the following guidance from Highland Council.
OUT & ABOUT: The beautiful and unspoilt landscapes, the wildlife, the dark skies, the coast and waters, the people and communities and the crofting way of life are many of the things that we all treasure about the West Highland Peninsulas. Please help us to keep it a special place to live and visit by always following the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.
DOWNLOAD THE CONTACT TRACING APP: All residents and visitors should download the Protect Scotland app for free from the Apple and Google stores. The app will alert you if you have been in close contact with another app user who has tested positive for coronavirus. It supports contact tracing and works through Bluetooth anonymously, protecting your privacy.
DEVELOPING SYMPTOMS: If you develop Covid-19 symptoms while on holiday in Scotland, please self-isolate in your accommodation and follow the advice from the Scottish Government.