About the West Highland Peninsulas

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​Many people use Ardnamurchan to refer to an area that is actually made up of five West Highland Peninsulas. There is Ardnamurchan itself, plus Ardgour, Moidart, Morvern and Sunart. If you are looking for a beautiful, remote and unspoilt place then these Peninsulas are the place for you.

Together, these peninsulas have a landscape made up of rugged mountains, stunning coastlines, beautiful lochs, ancient woodlands and heather moorland. All of this is bathed in stunning light and sits under skies that are so dark, you can clearly see the Milky Way.

The area has a wealth of flora and fauna and is one of the least spoiled regions of Britain. Anyone with an interest at all in wildlife will find enough to keep them busy for a week, a month or a lifetime. There are a wide variety of well-preserved habitats from mountain tops to rock pools on the shore. It is also home one of the best surviving remnants of the ancient temperate Atlantic oak forest which once clothed most of the west coast of Scotland.

The Peninsula have a very ancient history, stretching from the Mesolithic people of over 6,000 years ago, through iron age settlers, to the Irish Saints who were followed by the Vikings. Then came the Highland Clans, followed by the Clearances and ultimately the formation of crofting communities which make up the many thriving townships and hamlets that exist today. All of this leaves much for budding historians to explore.

The townships and hamlets are home to much of the holiday accommodation, which ranges from self-catering cottages, holiday lodges, B&Bs, hotels and even a castle that you can choose to stay in.

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West Highland Peninsulas
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Ardgour

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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

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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.

Moidart

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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.

Morvern

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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.

Sunart

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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.

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