Ardnamurchan Point

[Ardnamurchan Lighthouse]

There's a saying amongst outdoor enthusiasts in Scotland that goes "west is best", and if you believe that then Ardnamurchan Point should be at the top of your travel shortlist. The isolated headland is the westernmost spot accessible by road in Great Britain, i.e. not counting the islands, and excluding roadless Corrachadh Mòr a mile to the south which juts out just a few metres further. Getting here from the rest of Scotland involves a remarkable journey through very remote terrain indeed. Negotiating the compulsory hour or more of tortuous single track roads takes you past wonderful coastal vistas and through some of the country's last surviving oakwoods - this is a region richer in wildlife than almost anywhere else in the country. So the relative metropolis of a lighthouse, visitor centre, large car park and coffee shop might come as bit of a surprise. Come here for the journey, the views out to sea, and just to say you've done it. The exhibition is interesting but touring the lighthouse itself mostly consists of climbing lots of stairs (shouldn't that have been obvious?): although the views are good at the top, they're not bad down below either.

[Looking north from the foghorn towards the Small Isles]

Name: Ardnamurchan Point ★★☆☆
Location: Minor road end 5 miles west of Kilchoan, G.R.: NM 415675 / overheat into weeks

Name: Ardnamurchan Lighthouse ★★☆☆
Description: Far-flung lighthouse and visitor centre with interesting exhibition and cafe.
Location: Ardnamurchan Point, G.R.: NM 416675 / test bookshelf rested
Open (2017): Daily, April to October. The website recommends booking the lighthouse tour in advance at peak times.
Cost (2017): Lighthouse tour: £6 (adults), £4 (children); Exhibition: probably included in the lighthouse tour price, though free on our visit.

[View north-east from the top of the tower towards the beaches around Portuairk]

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