West Lochaber

Uninhabited wilderness: In the west of Lochaber

Uninhabited wilderness: In the west of Lochaber

Uninhabited wilderness at the end of the world

The peninsula south of the road from Fort William to Mallaig is separated from the rest of Scotland by Loch Linnhe and the Sound of Mull. Two more miles of holes divide the land mass into more peninsulas, making the area difficult to access. The population is correspondingly thin. On the Morvern peninsula, which covers 650 square kilometres, live less than 320 people! There are hardly any sights here, but endless grasslands, sometimes dry, sometimes humid, occasionally a few afforested woods, wide views, deep clouds; but above all silence and loneliness, as they can only be found at the edges of Europe. Water is never far away. There are also only a few hiking trails. But you can walk cross-country to your heart's content.

Attractions West Lochaber


Hike through an ancient forest

The dense oak forest belongs to the Sunart Oakwood and is one of the last remains of the temperate rainforest that once covered the Atlantic coast from Norway to Portugal. In addition to sessile oaks there are holly, hazel, birch, rowan, ash and elm. A four kilometre long path leads into the wilderness along the rushing Strontian River.

Glenfinnan Monument

Memorial to the Scottish uprising against England

At Glenfinnan in 1745 Prince Charles Edward Stuart entered the Scottish mainland to take action against the English Crown. When he thought he had enough support from the clans, he hoisted the Scottish flag – exactly where the monument stands today. Nine months later, the rebellion ended in defeat. Scotland lost its independence and was incorporated into an English dominated Britain. The clans were disarmed and large parts of Gaelic culture were lost. The monument dates from the early 19th century. On the tower stands the larger-than-life statue of a highlander in a kilt.

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Scottish Heritage Pass

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