There are two sea kayaks and a child-friendly sit-on-top kayak in the garage. Please feel free to use this equipment, although note that you do so at your own risk. You will need to provide your own life jackets and wetsuits.
Road cycling - There are some great cycling circuits nearby including the two annual sportif events of Bealach Beag and Bealach Mor, both take you over the 600m Bealach na Ba which is Britain’s longest continuous cycle ascent (featured in Simon Warrens “100 Greatest Cycling Climbs”).
Mountain biking – There are many off-road and mountain biking routes within easy access of the house. Favourites include the track to Ben Dronaig accessed via Attadale and the more challenging single-track classic Coulin circuit to Achnashellach. We have recently teamed up with GO-WHERE who are running a fantastic course based from the house. If you are interested in joining one of their courses check out their website.
In addition to many beautiful short coastal and inland walks, there are 9 Munros (peaks over 3,000 feet high) and 8 Corbetts (hills over 2,500 feet high) within a 10 mile radius of Lochcarron. Details can be found in the “Lochcarron Out and About” guide which can be ordered online (there is a copy in the house).
Additionally the Walk Highlands website shows details, gradings and maps of local routes.
The experienced mountain guide Martin Moran runs mountaineering courses as well as a local guiding service.
Permits for fishing on the river in front of the house can be obtained from Roddy ‘Butcher’ MacLennan in Lochcarron.
A list of places to fish and rules around the catch can be found at http://www.lochcarron.org.uk
There are various crags close by for beginners. The famous multi-pitch climb of Cioch’s Nose is located on the road to Applecross
There are some fantastic sailing opportunities close by. For those with a small boat it can be launched on the beach in front of the house. There are two islands in the loch which can be easily explored with a good chance of seeing seals, otters and the two resident Lochcarron dolphins “Gin and Tonic”.
There is an excellent, friendly pony-trekking centre at Ratagan (40 minutes by car) which caters for riders of all capability. See www.highlandcarriage.co.uk for more information.
For those occasional rainy days there is a swimming pool, steam room, sauna and fitness suite at the Lochalsh Leisure Centre in Kyle of Lochalsh.
The Kyle line is one of the most scenic railway trips in the world, the line passes close to the shore giving passengers the chance to see seals, herons and otters among the many islands scattered off the shore. During the summer the Royal Scotsman and the occasional steam train are visitors on the line. Why not take the train and alight at Duncraig (a request stop so let the driver know) and walk along the footpath to Plockton, then after lunch you can return by train to Strathcarron.
Each year the Lochcarron Highland Games are held at Attadale gardens. They are well worth a visit to see contestants tossing the caber, highland dancing, pipe bands and some local produce. There is also an all-comers hill race.
The Carron Pottery, Craft Shop and Gallery located 200m along the road towards Strathcarron, is open Monday-Saturday. The local potter can be seen making the stoneware on site. There is a craft shop and gallery on site. See www.carronpottery.com/index.htm for more information.
Attadale Gardens is further along the road towards Kyle of Lochalsh, it has a sculpture collection, water gardens, sunken garden, Japanese garden, kitchen garden, fern garden, and a DIY tea room. Visit www.attadalegardens.com for more information.
The road to Applecross passes over the Bealch na Ba (pass of the cattle) and boasts impressive views of the Cullin mountains of Skye. Applecross has fantastic beaches and some great places to eat, including the Applecross Inn and the Applecross Walled Garden. Driving north around the Applecross coast road leads you to Shieldaig with its Caledonian Pine trees. The beautiful Shieldaig Island is managed by the National Trust for Scotland.
Plockton is a pretty village boasting palm trees on its shores. It was featured in the TV series Hamish MacBeth for those that can remember that far back. It has some great coral beaches, places to eat and is the departure point for Callum's boat trips to see seals.
Eilean Donan is an iconic Scottish castle, featured in various films and TV programs and is well worth a visit.
Glen Elg is the location of some impressive ancient stone Broch’s (Dun Telve and Dun Troddan). Sandaig Bay where Gavin Maxwell wrote “Ring of Bright Water” and a small manual turntable car ferry (takes 6 cars) which crosses the Kylerhea straights to Skye. There is a good chance of seeing seals, otters and possibly a sea eagle.
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