Ancient Oaks and Passing Places

Loch Sunart in a rare bit of sunshine!

When friends needed someone to house / pet sit we jumped at the chance. Firstly we could get away for a while and secondly we could explore a part of Scotland we had never been to before. The Ardnamurchan Peninsula is quite easy to get to but still manages to hold onto it’s remoteness and wildness. There are stunning beaches, stretches of remote moorland, Ancient Oak Woodlands which have a mystery all of their own and mountains all around. It was a truly beautiful and magical place and one we will definitely be returning to.

Beautiful Ardtoe

We drove up from Cumbria through snow, rain, hail and wind. Despite that, the familiar feeling of peace came over me as we entered Scotland and made our way up to the little Corran Ferry near Fort William. We are quite used to small ferries, being frequent users of the one across Lake Windermere, but the pretty lighthouse on the other side was something new reminding us that this was actually the sea not just a lake!

Lighthouse at Corran Ferry

Apart from short stretches of ‘normal’ size roads the majority of the Peninsula has single track roads with frequent passing places. Not really an issue for us coming from Cumbria but could imagine that in Summer, with the influx of campervans, this could become interesting at times! Most of the locals waved and smiled at us as we let them pass or the other way around, it was a shock a week later to be visiting family in an over-busy Somerset town where no-one gave you any room and certainly didn’t smile at you!

The weather was pretty wet and windy all the time we were there with a few splashes of sunshine but we managed to visit most of the places we wanted to go, drove down most of the long winding roads around the Peninsula exploring and met some lovely, lovely people. We visited a community Re-use store (twice in fact!) went to a community lunch at a local hall with the most amazing meringues, chatted to a friendly Father at a wildlife hide and even fixed a pricing clicker machine thingy in a community shop! We felt welcomed and fell a little bit in love with the place and the people.

The pictures and my words really don’t do it justice…