Ceol na Mara, Shieldaig

Detached holiday cottage in superb loch side position

Useful Links

A set of links to other websites which you may find useful in planning your holiday in Shieldaig.

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Ceol na Mara as seen from the loch

Ceol na Mara stands close to the shore of Upper Loch Torridon.

Shieldaig Island

A view of Shieldaig Island as seen from the southern end of the village main street.

Shieldaig Village

A general view of the main street of the village.

View from the top!

Another view of Shieldaig. Ceol na Mara is the house in the foreground.

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Road Travel Information

Air Travel Information

Railway Information

Car Hire

Food Shops

  • Torridon Stores and Café - in Torridon village which is about 1 mile off the A896, just beyond Annat.
  • Lochcarron Food Centre - well-stocked licensed local Spar Shop.
  • Note: there is also a general store in Shieldaig but they do not appear to have a website.

Places To Eat and Drink

Golf

Applecross

Shieldaig

Torridon

Tours, Trips and Outdoor Activities

  • See The Highlands - private guided taxi tours of the Scottish Highlands and Islands
  • Glasgow Airport Millennium Taxis  - authorised Glasgow Airport Taxis catering for business, single journeys, hotel and conference transfers. Tours throughout Scotland. Credit cards accepted, including American Express. Internet booking facility 24hrs 7days a week. Website includes links to Scottish accommodation, information and attractions, etc.
  • Shieldaig Adventures - For pre-arranged outdoor activities during your stay, please contact info@shieldaigadventures.com. Guests of Ceol na Mara will also be provided with a discounted rate for kayak hire and package deals can be arranged for Shieldaig Adventures' customers using Ceol na Mara. Please ensure that you mention Ceol na Mara when contacting Shieldaig Adventures.

Diving and Boat Trips

  • Torridon Sea Tours - boat trips departing from Shieldaig pier, including day trips to to the island of Rona.
  • 5 Bells Diving - diver training and dive trips in some of the clearest waters around the UK. Run by experienced commercial diver who has been a PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Staff Instructor since 2001.
  • Calum's Seal Boat Trips - free if no seals!
  • Seaprobe Atlantis - trips from Kyle of Lochalsh by glass-bottom boat, to see the hidden mysteries of the deep!
  • Bella Jane - trips from Elgol on Skye to Loch Coruisk and also to the islands of Rhum and Canna.
  • Mountain and Sea Guides - kayaking

Places of Interest

  • Attadale Gardens - just across the water from Lochcarron.
  • Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve - Britain's first National Nature Reserve.
  • Bright Water Visitor Centre - located in Kyleakin on Skye, just across the water from Kyle of Lochalsh. For information about the Eilean Ban Trust and Gavin Maxwell, and for Boat Trips.
  • Dunvegan Castle - the ancestral home of the Clan MacLeod on the Isle of Skye, still in use today. The castle is open to visitors all year round - opening times are shown on the website.
  • Eilean Donan Castle - the famous castle on Loch Duich which repeatedly appears in photos and film sequences. Open to visitors.
  • Inverewe Gardens - despite being on a latitude more northerly than Moscow, these gardens are home to exotic plants from all over the world, courtesy of the warm currents of the Gulf Stream.
  • Lochcarron Weavers - situated just beyond the far west end of Lochcarron village, the Weavers' shop has a wide range of tartans, luxury knitwear, kilts and tweed clothing.
  • Shards Stained Glass - at Arrina on the Applecross coast road, about 10 miles from Shieldaig and 15 miles from Applecross. Manufacturers and suppliers of a unique and unusual range of stained glass suncatchers.
  • Strome Castle - now just a ruin, having been blown up in 1602 during a clan feud, but has a superb position on a rocky promontory with views across to the Isle of Skye.

Whisky Distilleries

  • Dalmore Distillery. - on the banks of the Cromarty Firth overlooking the Black Isle Its malt whisky has a characteristic full flavour and body, and a long lingering aftertaste. A classic Highland malt.
  • Glenmorangie Distillery - at Tain, just south of the Dornoch Firth.
  • Glen Ord Distillery - at Muir of Ord, just about the nearest distillery to Lochcarron.
  • Loch Ewe Distillery - at Aultbea just to the north of Gairloch. Probably the smallest distillery you have ever visited!
  • Talisker - the oldest working distillery on the Isle of Skye.

Pre-arranged outdoor activities are available at discounted rates for guests at Ceol na Mara   For experienced and professional winter and summer guiding on the Torridon and surrounding mountains, or qualified mountain bike guiding in some of the most rugged and spectacular trails in the UK.

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