Plockton and Kyle of Lochalsh


The western part of Lochalsh is the extensive Balmacara estate owned by the National Trust for Scotland. This landscape has no great towering peaks, but instead it has a mixed crofting landscape with fine natural woodland. This softer landscape contrasts with the majestic mountains further inland.

Pretty crofting villages such as Duirinish and Plockton, the Jewel of the Highlands, add interest to walks in this area, whilst the views over to the Isle of Skye could hardly be bettered. The area also has several small beaches which are little known but easily visited by those aware of them.


Walk Grade Distance Time
Plockton Coral Beach, Plockton 2km 1 hour
Stromeferry Woodland walk 2km 1 hour
Loch Scalpaidh, near Kyle of Lochalsh 2.5km 1 - 1.5 hours
Plock of Kyle, Kyle of Lochalsh 3km 1 - 1.5 hours
Duirinish and Drumbuie coast 3km 1 hour
Portchullin circuit from Achmore 4km 1 - 1.5 hours
Duncraig Castle from Plockton 6km 2 - 3 hours
Balmacara to Kyle of Lochalsh 4.5km 1.5 - 2 hours
Balmacara Woodland Circuit 6km 2 - 3 hours
Plockton Crags and the two lochs 9km 2.5 - 3.5 hours
Loch Achaidh na h-Inich from Balmacara 11.5km 3 - 4 hours

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