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Arriving in Glenelg

Riverfoot The “Glenelg experience” begins when you turn off the A87 Invergarry to Isle of Skye road at Shiel Bridge. The start is gentle but ever upward on an increasingly steepening (15%+ in places) twisting single track road leading to the summit of the Bealach Ratagan, or Mam Ratagan Pass where there is a superb viewpoint looking over Loch Duich and the Five Sisters of Kintail. Driving halfway down Glen More there is a sharp turn off to the left that takes you down the short road to Moyle, a mixed cluster of cottages and crofts finishing at the small Moyle caravan site. Coming into Glenelg there is a junction, carry on for Riverfoot, Bernera beach and the Skye Ferry crossing or turn left into the village and onward to Arnisdale.


The village

Approaching the village you will see, over to the right, the ruins of Glenelg Barracks then Glenelg Bay soon after, on the left, the Glenelg Community Hall, venue for Ceilidhs and other events and also the café (open Tuesday to Friday during the season). The Community Hall also houses public toilets and shower facilities. The Glenelg Shop, post office and Crafty Gifts shop is next on the left, in the short line of houses that makes up the “main street” ending on the right with the entrance to the Glenelg Inn. Carrying on past the Inn and Church you drive past a small tidal lagoon (often frequented by otters) then arrive at the striking War Memorial which is also your first spectacular view across Glenelg Bay, down the Sound of Sleat and over the sea to the Isle of Skye. Half a mile after you leave the village the road bears right over the bridge to Arnisdale.


Glen Beag

Glen Beag Turning left here you follow the burn along Glen Beag past the waterfall, before arriving at the ancient Pictish Brochs and also The Wagon (coffee and cakes!). The 3.5 mile road ends at Balvraid but long walks carry on from here that head back to Glen More or on to Arnisdale. Continuing on the Glenelg to Arnisdale road leads you past the Eilanreach Estate houses and upward another mile to a viewpoint that gives a stunning view across Glenelg Bay, through the Kyle Rhea straits and North to the hills of Torridon.



Coral beach, Sandaig Sandaig

Onward another mile, after heading down a long hill, you can pull in and park on the right next to the entrance of the 1.5 mile forest track that leads down to Sandaig, past home of the “Ring of Bright Water” author Gavin Maxwell and itself a beautiful location with its Islands, coral beach and burn. Carrying along the main road, you sweep up to a fantastic viewpoint marked only by an old picnic bench and a rough pull off area.



Cuillin mountains Looking out down to the right you can view Sandaig Islands, across to the Isle Ornsay, the Cuillin mountains of Skye, down the Sound of Sleat to Armadale, the Islands of Rhum and Eigg, Ardnamurchan lighthouse, the entrance of Loch Hourn ("Loch of Hell" in Gaelic) and across to the Knoydart peninsula, the remotest area in the UK. This is arguably one of the most spectacular vistas on the West Coast of Scotland. From here the road turns to the East as it follows the side of Loch Hourn, again with one or two “unofficial” viewpoints well worth pulling in to.


Arnisdale road Arnisdale and Corran

The last viewpoint/pull in is under the imposing munro of Beinn Sgritheall and lets you see the sweeping curve of Arnisdale bay before dropping down the last short but very steep hill to the village. The road finishes after another half a mile at The Ceilidh House where you can park and walk over the bridge into the quaint hamlet of Corran. This is also the location of "Sheena's tea hut", venue for a welcoming cuppa at the end of the road!!

Alastair Holgate

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