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The Chalet self catering Salen Ardnamurchan Scotland
The Chalet

The Owlery self catering Salen Ardnamurchan Scotland
The Owlery

Located  in secluded wooded grounds in the picturesque village of Salen, on the Ardnamurchan peninsula, The Chalet and The Owlery are ideally located for exploring the beautiful rocky coastline, secluded sandy beaches of the peninsula and wonderful wildlife, and it provides the perfect base in which to relax and enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of Ardnamurchan.

The Salen Hotel is a 15 minute walk away and provides a warm and welcoming bar and good local food.

There are local provision stores at Salen Jetty Shop just across the road from Hillside, Acharacle (3 miles), Strontian (12 miles) and Kilchoan (19 miles).  There is a local Post Office, now located at the Acharacle Village Store, and Tea Room with Internet Café located at the old Post Office building in Acharacle.  Fuel is available at the Post Office stores in Strontian and at the Ferry Stores in Kilchoan.  

Local shellfish can usually be sourced if advance notice is given at least a week prior to your stay.

The Owlery in Winter
The Owlery in Winter

Activities:

There are wonderful hill and forestry walks nearby.  There is spectacular scenery everywhere you turn, complimented by the wide range of wildlife – a photographer’s paradise!  You can see eagles, otters, pine martens, badgers, wild cats, Red deer and Roe deer, as well as the occasional Sika deer.  Porpoise, dolphins, seals and basking sharks are also seen in Loch Sunart.  You can take wildlife boat trips out with Ardnamurchan Charters to the Treshnish Isles (see the puffins), Staffa (visit Fingals Cave), Islands of Rhum, Eigg & Muck  – or take a Whale Watching trip!  Why not take an eagle-watch cruise up Loch Shiel on the historic M.V. Sileas.
There is easy access to ferries from Arisaig and Mallaig for exploring some of the beautiful and remote offshore islands.  The Kilchoan ferry will take you over to the Isle of Mull where, among other things, you can visit a chocolate factory!

For fisherman, there is both sea and loch fishing and boats can be hired locally. If you choose to bring your own boat, parking is available on site and launching facilities and red diesel are available opposite at Salen jetty.

Ardnamurchan's southern coastline follows the shores of Loch Sunart where the Ardnamurchan Lighthouse marks the most westerly tip of the Scottish mainland.  The shores of Loch Sunart are a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest and the ancient Sunart Oakwoods around Salen are home to a wide range of flora and fauna.  There are also many sites of geological and historic interest throughout the area, including Castle Tioram with its spectacular setting overlooking Loch Moidart. 

Have a day out on the scenic West Highland Railway line aboard the ‘Harry Potter’ steam train, The Jacobite, on an 84 mile round trip to the fishing harbour of Mallaig. 

For the more adventurous, there are state-of-the-art rock climbing walls, as well as ice climbing on the world's biggest indoor ice wall, at Ice Factor in Kinlochleven.

Closer to home, visit our local art gallery at Resipole,   Pick up a Lochaber Trail guide and discover the range of talented craft folk living and working in and around the area.  

Garden Visitors at Hillside...

Purple Bar garden visitor at The Chalet self catering in Salen Ardnamurchan
Purple Bar

Tree Creeper garden visitor at The Chalet self catering in Salen Ardnamurchan
Tree Creeper

Bluetit garden visitor at The Chalet self catering in Salen Ardnamurchan
Bluetit

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