Hillside Chalet
Hillside Chalet self catering Salen Ardnamurchan Scotland

Area and Activities

Hillside Badgers

Night time badgers visit to Hillside holiday chalet for sandwiches and peanuts, September 2015.


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!

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.

Owner’s Tip
If you want to have a good chance of seeing pine martens and badgers close up outside your chalet, and don’t mind a late night vigil, bring a selection of peanut butter, honey, or jam with you – or for a slightly healthier option, peanuts and dried fruit.  We keep logs positioned on the ground in front of the chalet, next to the general wildlife 'feeding station', and the badgers and pine martens can be kept busy for some time licking their tasty treats off the logs - and eating sandwiches!  We also have a red squirrel who periodically visits  the feeding station to eat peanuts.

Local Links

Salen Jetty & Moorings in Salen Bay Walks, picnics, wildlife
Sunart Oakwoods
Resipole Studios
Exhibitions & Art Courses
Ardnamurchan Charters
Whale Watching & Wildlife Trips. Also self drive boat hire

Made in Lochaber

Castle Tioram
Loch Sunart Yarns and Buttons Loch Shiel Eagle Watch Cruises
Loch Shiel Spring Festival Ardnamurchan Lighthouse & Visitor Center

Ardnamurchan Natural History & Visitor Centre
Eating Out
Salen Hotel Restaurant & Bar

Ardshealach Lodge Restaurant



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