Down an extremely steep and twisty road from the B9031 (which is nearly as steep) is the hidden fishing village of Pennan. A single row of houses hugs the base of the cliffs looking out over the North Sea, only protected from northerly gales by the width of the narrow main street (the only street...) and a paltry sea wall. This was one of the main filming locations for Local Hero (another being Camusdarach Beach on the west coast), with the famous red phone box also appearing on the logo for the village's only pub: the Pennan Inn. We had a meal here back in 2012, but doing a little research in 2016, it looks like the interior (and hopefully the food) has had a major refurb. Despite obvious tourist appeal the village doesn't tend to get overrun, and away from high season it's a great, if chilly, place to escape the rush of daily life.
|[View from the harbour]|
Name: Pennan ★★★☆☆
Location: G.R.: NJ 846655 ///suave.survived.unsigned
Anything else? There's a little parking on the seafront at the east end of the village, but (especially if you have a large vehicle) it might be easier to use the parking area at the top of the hill and walk down.
>> see separate post for Walk: Descent into Hell's Lum ★★★☆☆ (1 mile away)