Situated at the head of Loch Carron in Scotland’s most beautiful western Highlands, Strathcarron is an excellent base for exploring Wester Ross and its spectacular highland scenery. The village itself is small, although it does have a railway station, on the picturesque Kyle of Lochalsh Line, which also houses a Visitor Information Centre and a Post Office.
The surrounding countryside provides magnificent views of the mountain scenery, making this an ideal base for photographers and artists as well as hill walkers, birdwatchers and anglers. Strathcarron is also an excellent place from which to explore the West Highlands including Plockton, famous as the setting for the TV series Hamish Macbeth, the Applecross peninsula and the Isle of Skye.
The way to the Applecross peninsula takes you through the Pass of the Cattle, which is one of the highest roads in the UK, reaching 2,053 feet, and the views from here are simply spectacular, like so much of the scenery of the Western Highlands.
The Skye Bridge, which was opened in 1995, connects the Kyle of Lochalsh with the Isle of Skye. The bridge has been toll free since 2004, and many visitors cross to explore the island each year.
The Torridon Hills lie to the northwest of Strathcarron and are a popular destination for climbers and walkers. The white sand beaches of Gairloch attract many visitors, especially in the summer months, and there are also lovely gardens to be visited in the area, perhaps the most famous being the Inverewe Gardens, where you will find exotic plants growing because of the proximity of the Gulf Stream.
There is something for everyone in the Scottish Highlands, so search for cottages in Strathcarron for a holiday you won’t forget.