Glenelg may sound remote to some but The Lodge has everything you need for a relaxing holiday right on its doorstep. Just a few hundred yards away is the renowned Glenelg Inn serving everything from coffees to lunches and evening meals. The menu features locally sourced fish, shellfish, meats and game and the well stocked wine cellar and good selection of malts are all dished up with an abundance of friendly hospitality. (During the season you will have to book ahead). Music is also a feature at the Inn with anything from individual acts to ceilidh bands. Impromptu music sessions can happen any night of the week which all adds to the character of this historic Inn and ending the evening with a full stomach, a slightly dizzy head and live music ringing in your ears often ends up being THE night of your holiday to remember!! It's just one minute further to walk to the Glenelg Village Shop and Post Office which stocks milk, bread and fresh rolls, daily newspapers, fruit and veg, chilled and frozen meats and everything else you may require for your holiday in Glenelg. It is also licensed so no excuse to run dry! (Please note: the Post office is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday only). Next to the Shop is Crafty Gifts with handmade crafts, postcards, books and local souvenirs. Just past the shop is the Community Hall cafe which is open from April to October, Tuesday to Saturday and is a great place for a lunchtime snack or afternoon coffee, the home baking is a must! The fish van comes on Wednesday and is recommended. There is a Link ATM in the Glenelg Shop and the mobile Bank (RBS) visits on Thursday.
3.5 miles past The Lodge is the track that takes you down to Sandaig. In "Ring of Bright Water" best selling author Gavin Maxwell described Sandaig (Camusfearna) and its islands ...."nowhere in all the West Highlands and Islands have I seen any place of so intense or varied beauty in so small a compass." The house where he lived with his otters was lost in a fire in 1968 and there now remains a memorial stone for Gavin where his ashes were placed and another stone for Edal, one of his famous otters. The "varied beauty" remains and the challenge of the short walk to Sandaig makes you enjoy the reward of a visit even more so. Cross the rope bridge or ford the burn or you will only receive half the reward but even if you don't it's a must for any holiday in Glenelg. Visit at low tide (check tide times) to reach the first island where the view up the Sound of Sleat to Glenelg Bay is stunning as is the white coral beach, the perfect picnic lunch spot. (Gavin also owned and lived on Eilean Bàn, the island under the Skye bridge, you can visit his cottage and the island - info here)
From the jetty 3.0 miles along the coast road from The Lodge is the Glenelg Ferry that operates from Glenelg to Kylerhea on the Isle of Skye. The Glenachulish is now owned by the community and is the last operating manual turntable ferry in the world. In 2013 the ferry will run from Thursday 28th March until the middle of October. The car ferry is a huge tourist attraction taking passengers "over the sea to Skye" on a journey that includes history, spectacular scenery, excitement and for some, terror. (Wait until you see the roads on both sides!!!) You can also go across as passengers to visit the Kylerhea Otter Hide which is about a 1 mile walk from the Kylerhea landing slip. Regular sightings include otters, seals, pods of dolphins and other wildlife.
Glenbeag and the Brochs
A 2.5 mile walk (or drive) from The Lodge up the single track road leading through Glen Beag takes you to the Brochs of Dun Telve and a further half mile up the Glen, Dun Troddan. Over 2 thousand years old these are considered the two best preserved Iron Age Brochs on the Scottish mainland. There has been much speculation as to why they were built, defensive positions, a sort of tribal farmhouse or even as a place of stature, a sort of olden style stately home but what is certain is that these structures are a remarkable piece of engineering.
Bernera Barracks and beach
Constructed after the 1715 Jacobite Rising the Bernera Barracks were built to guard the crossing to Skye and to subdue the local clans; the terraced houses in the village main street were built at the same time for officers quarters. Bernera Barracks can be viewed best by walking down the track opposite the community hall. If you carry on past the Barracks, over the foot bridge and turn left and you will come to Bernera beach, a mile past this is the Skye Ferry slip.
Arnisdale and Corran
Heading along from Glenelg and passing the forestry track that leads to Sandaig, you eventually come to the remote village of Arnisdale and a mile further on, Corran. There are view points along the way worth stopping at, the first looks back to Glenelg bay, Bernera beach and Kyle Rhea, the second has stunning views south to the Islands of Rhum and Eigg and west to the Cullin mountains on Skye (great spot for sunset photos). Further on, another looks down to Arnisdale Bay and village, towered over by the Munro of Beinn Sgritheall (974 metres). At Corran, the end of the road, there is a car park by the new Ceilidh House & Heritage Centre which has picnic benches and great views across Loch Hourn to Knoydart. (Some good walks from here). Cross the bridge and turn right to find Sheena's Tea Hut, sit out with a cuppa and a home baked scone or home made soup and don't be surprised to have buzzards overhead and deer watching you over the fence (licking their lips!)
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The Skye Ferry
Sessions at the Inn
Dun Telve Broch
Midnight in June