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Lochcarron lies amidst some of the finest scenery in the British Isles and is an absolute paradise for all those who love the great outdoors. Many people who visit this beautiful area do so to escape from it all, to get away from the hustle and bustle of modern life, and to enjoy the peace and tranquillity and the truly spectacular views - it is an ideal spot for walkers, photographers, and artists.
The photo below shows the view looking along the length of Loch Carron with the village hugging the shore line and the unmistakable outline of "Wellington" in the background. Hover the cursor over the image for an alternative view.
The photo below will probably be familiar to anyone who watched the recent Monty Halls' Great Escape series on BBC2 as his Land Rover was seen in several shots climbing the spectacular Bealach na Ba - the Pass of the Cattle. This is reckoned to be the highest road in Britain, climbing from sea level to 2,053 feet at the top.
From the car park at the summit there are some spectacular views across to the islands of Raasay and Skye on which the Cuillins dominate the landscape as the photo below shows.
For those who are energetic enough to the walk up the steep track which leads from the road to the TV relay station, the reward is some even more magnificent views, especially if one ventures out across the open mountain top. Below we can see a dramatic view down to Kishorn as seen from the Applecross tops.
Continuing on down the other side from the Applecross tops one reaches the pretty little village of Applecross with the very popular Applecross Inn. Applecross feels like a real haven of peace and tranquillity after the high drama of the ride over the top and there are beaches and several waymarked walks. A popular conclusion to a visit to Applecross is to do a round trip tour by following the coast road right around the Applecross peninsula, eventually re-joining the main A896 near Shieldaig. There are superb views to be seen all along this road as can be seen from the photo below. Hover the cursor over the photo for an alternative view.
Whilst Applecross is a "must visit" for anyone who comes to Lochcarron, there are also many other places to see and things to do. The Skye Bridge is only about half an hour's drive away so day trips to Skye are easily achievable. The photo below shows the view back to the mainland as seen from Isleornsay on the Sleat peninsula. This was a superb day in April with a good covering of winter snow still to be seen on the upper slopes of Beinn Sgritheall.
Nearer at hand to Lochcarron is Glen Carron from which there are several circular and linear walks, some of the latter going through to Torridon and Glen Torridon. Below is a late evening view from the Coulin Road near Achnashellach looking towards Loch Carron in the far distance with Loch Dughaill in the foreground.
By taking Church Street from Lochcarron village and continuing out through the west end of the village, one reaches North Strome where the old Stromeferry slipway can still be seen. The ferry became defunct in the 1970's when the Stromeferry By-Pass was opened along the south shore of Loch Carron but prior to this the ferry was the only route into the village from the south. Nearby are the ruins of Strome Castle.
Continuing further west for another 2 miles the little community of Ardaneaskan is reached. The photo below shows the entrance to Loch Carron as seen from here.
The places mentioned on this page are but a few of the many you will almost certainly want to visit. There is not room on this website to list them all so why not come for a visit and see for yourself what a truly beautiful part of the world this is?