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Shieldaig is situated amidst some of the most magnificent coastal and mountain scenery in the whole of the UK. Just a short distance further up the coast from Shieldaig are the Torridon Hills comprising well known peaks such as Beinn Alligin, Sgurr Mhor, Liathach and Beinn Eighe.
The area is very popular with hillwalkers and climbers and there are many walks of varying degrees of seriousness. Those who seek a real challenge and wish to bag a few Munros will certainly not be disappointed, whilst others who prefer something less ambitious will also find plenty of scope.
Whilst the scenery during the summer time is undoubtedly spectacular, it can be even more stunning during the colder months of the year. The photo below shows a similar view of Beinn Alligin to the photo above but was taken in mid March.
There are several linear walks in the Shieldaig and Torridon area, one of which starts from Inverbain on the Applecross coastal road and goes across country to Applecross itself.
Another walk begins at the Beinn Alligin car park about 3 miles from the beginning of the road from Torridon to Diabaig and passes up Coire Mhic Nobuil and behind the mass of Liathach to re-join the main A896 road in Glen Torridon. The photo below shows the view from this path towards the western end as it climbs away from the Beinn Alligin car park.
Other linear walks in the near vicinity take one from Glen Torridon through to Achnashellach in Glen Carron. 2 walks start from Annat, one going through to Coulags at the western end of Glen Carron. Many people prefer to start these walks from the Glen Carron end.
There is also an excellent walk which starts from Tullich (just to the east of Lochcarron) and goes over the Bealach a'Ghlas-chnoic and then down to join the A896 between Kishorn and Shieldaig.
The main part of Shieldaig village itself is just a short walk down the road from the cottage and there is a very attractive main street which follows the shore of Loch Shieldaig. On one side of the street there is a pleasant grassed area giving access to the water's edge whilst on the other side is a row of white cottages.
At the far end of the village there is a slipway for launching boats - and there is a small slipway just in front of Ceol na Mara itself. Hence there are plenty of opportunities for sailing, kayaking, sea fishing, etc.
In the main street of the village just a few minutes' walk from Ceol na Mara is the Tigh an Eilean Hotel which has a restaurant and bar and is open to non-residents.
Immediately to the south of Shieldaig is the Applecross peninsula around which it is possible to make a superb circular tour to visit the pretty little village of Applecross, taking in the Bealach na Ba (the Pass of the Cattle - shown in the photo below).
This trip takes in some truly magnificent Highland scenery, incorporating one of the highest roads in Britain which climbs from sea level to 2,053 feet at its summit. From the top there are spectacular views of the Cuillins on Skye.
For those who are energetic, it is worth walking up the Land Rover track which goes up to the communications' masts above the car park at the top of the Bealach na Ba as the views from there are even more spectacular. A short walk across the top from the communications' masts brings you to the spectacular view below - but be careful if you don't have a very good head for heights!
From the top of the Bealach na Ba the road descends back down to sea level at Applecross village which always seems a haven of peace and tranquility after the high drama of the Applecross tops. From Applecross the circular route turns north up the coast with superb coastal views all the way, firstly across the Inner Sound to the islands of Raasay and Rona with Skye in the background, and then, after passing through Cuaig, across Loch Torridon to the Torridon Hills (see photo below). The road then returns to Shieldaig via Arrina and Kenmore.
And, finally, just one more view to whet your appetite and perhaps persuade you to pay an out-of-season visit to this magnificent part of the world! The view below shows a snow-capped Liathach as seen on a bright February day. The photo was taken from the roadside at Annat.
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