Boat Trips & Beaches
With easy access to the water and coast from your base at Birchbrae Highland Lodges, some time on the water or beach is a must!
1. Canna – Caledonian MacBrayne from Mallaig
2. Knoydart – Bruce Watts from Mallaig. Knoydart is the only inhabited part of mainland Britain inaccessible by road
3. Seafari – RIB rides from Easdale
4. Loch Shiel Cruises – From Glenfinnan
5. Souter’s Lass – from Town Pier in Fort William
Camusdarrach - Our favourite accessible beach
Wonderful views out to the islands of Rum, Eigg and Skye with acres of white sandy beach.
Take the Mallaig ‘Road to the Isles’ to Arisaig. Take the coast road to Mallaig passing Traigh Golf Course on your right. Continue for about 2 miles until you drop down a steep hill. At the bottom on the left is a car park with a sign saying ‘To the Beach’ Walk through the dunes and enjoy.
Calgary Bay - A full day out but well worth it
Calgary Bay is on the North Western corner of Mull. The Bay is sheltered from the Atlantic and has stunning scenery with acres of white sandy beach. There is a tea room a few hundred yards away for refreshments.
Take the Mull ferry from Lochaline to Fishnish. Head for Tobermory (worth a stop) and then Dervaig. Continue on round the coast road and Calgary will take your breath away.
Kentra - Our favourite remote beach and well worth the walk
There are many different beaches each with its own character and it is a wonderful place to scramble over rocks and explore. There are stunning views out to sea and acres of white sandy beach. Take a picnic as it is over an hours walk from the car park.
Take the Corran Ferry and head west to Acharacle. Go through the village and take a left turn to Kentra. A mile down this road turn left (Arevegaig) and go to the end of the road (dead end). Park and walk over the bridge. Keep walking …….and eventually you’ll get there.
Laig Bay - Another full day out but well worth the effort
Laig Bay is on the North Western coast of the island of Eigg. This is a beautiful beach looking out over the Cuillins of Rum (jagged hills) and is a good place to swim. There is a shop and tea room on the island as well as a ‘bus’ service that takes you to the north end of the island.
Take the MV Shearwater from Arisaig (Normally leaves at 10.30am)
Sanna Bay - A beautiful spot on the most westerly tip of mainland Great Britain
Sanna is a great place to explore with lots of rocks and white sand. There are lots of shells as well as rock pools to check for marine life. It is one of the most painted beaches in Scotland.
Take a picnic as there is nowhere to buy food.
Head for Ardnamurchan point and take a right turn as you leave the village of Kilchoan.