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Day Trip from Glencoe Area: Ardnamurchan or Mallaig or...?

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Day Trip from Glencoe Area: Ardnamurchan or Mallaig or...?

Final stages of planning a trip in late August (midges be warned!).

We have an open day. Will be staying at the Holly Tree Hotel in Kentallen (Glencoe Area). Looking for a good day trip - not trying to be too, too ambitious.

We're open to suggestion. Like to walk/hike a bit. Ardnamurchan? Mallaig? Oban? Is Mull doable as a day trip?

Opinions and facts both welcomed!

Thanks.

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1. Re: Day Trip from Glencoe Area: Ardnamurchan or Mallaig or...?

It completely depends on what on what else you're seeing on your trip and what you enjoy.

Oban is around an hour's drive and you can go over to Mull on the ferry.

Ardnamurchan is slow going as most of the roads are single track, so it's quite a lengthy drive if you plan on going to the lighthouse at Ardnamurchan point.

There are great beaches on the way to Mallaig at Morar. Mallaig itself is a small fishing town. You could get some fish and chips and even take a boat trip.

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2. Re: Day Trip from Glencoe Area: Ardnamurchan or Mallaig or...?

Mallaig plus a boat trip sounds like a good idea. If you can get to Mallaig by 10.00 you might be able to take a day trip to one of the Small Isles - depending on the day of the week. See calmac.co.uk/timetables/…

There are also boat trips to the islands from Arisaig. See www.arisaig.co.uk. Or you could go from Mallaig across to Inverie in Knoydart. See http://www.knoydartferry.com/timetable/

As an alternative to driving to Mallaig or Arisaig, you could catch the train from Fort William at 08.30.

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3. Re: Day Trip from Glencoe Area: Ardnamurchan or Mallaig or...?

We've done both Mallaig and Ardnamurchan from the Holly Tree Hotel.

Both were really enjoyable but OH who was the driver found the Ardnmurchan trip too much driving even with taking the Corran Ferry (and that's saying something as we normally head far north into Assynt and Sutherland where most roads are single track!) If your choice is limited to those 2 I'd personally choose Malllaig but spend more time around Arisaig and add in a boat trip (I like the fish and chips idea too!)

How about a drive through Glen Etive (stop off in Ballachulish and pick up something for a picnic as there is nothing there) - we spent the day although most of that was because we stopped so often to take photos and watch the deer herds but it could easily be tacked onto something else nearby.

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4. Re: Day Trip from Glencoe Area: Ardnamurchan or Mallaig or...?

Great suggestions!

What about Knoydart? Is that even doable as a day trip?

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5. Re: Day Trip from Glencoe Area: Ardnamurchan or Mallaig or...?

Yes it is. You could drive to Mallaig and get the small ferry to Inverie in Knoydart. It runs every hour or hour and a half or so. You'd need to book

http://www.knoydartferry.com/

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6. Re: Day Trip from Glencoe Area: Ardnamurchan or Mallaig or...?

Knoydart is a great day trip. Great walking country, though obviously you can't get up the biggest hills in the six hours or so which you would get there. Take a picnic, or lunch at the UK's most isolated mainland pub, the Old Forge. You don't have to drive to Mallaig - the 08.30 train from Fort Wiliam will also get you there, returning at 18.15 from Mallaig.

Edited: 19 July 2014, 10:12
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7. Re: Day Trip from Glencoe Area: Ardnamurchan or Mallaig or...?

Plenty good suggestions to ponder.

Personally, I'd go for Mull and Iona as a first choice with a day trip from Arisaig to the lovely island of Eigg a close second.

There are operators well set up to take you on the Mull,Iona and Staffa (Fingal's Cave)day trip.For more flexibility,do it yourself with your own car.North End, Iona with its stunning shell sand beaches and green sea is one of the most beautiful places I've seen anywhere,not just Scotland.You can also easily hike up the highest point on this beautiful island for a wonderful panorama of the Hebrides and the ocean.The Staffa trip is superb if the weather is up to it.

The Eigg day trip will allow you, in the time, to either hike up the Sgurr of Eigg to one of the Hebrides most magical summits.Eagle territory.Or to walk over to Laig Beach for the stunning view of Rum's almost 3000ft mountains rearing out of a deep turquoise sea.

Google some images to see what takes your fancy best.

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8. Re: Day Trip from Glencoe Area: Ardnamurchan or Mallaig or...?

A couple of other things I meant to add.....

Another wonderful alternative on Mull is to head for Loch na Keal and drive the stunning north end,taking in lovely Calgary Beach and possibly walking to remote yet accessible Langamull beach.Mull offers good places to eat all over,including The Boathouse on tiny Ulva island.This route would also take you to Tobermory.

If you decide to stay on the mainland, don't miss Camus Darach beach en route to Mallaig and near the lovely Morar sands.The drive along the Road to the Isles is worth the trip in itself even if you don't choose to do any of the boat trips.

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9. Re: Day Trip from Glencoe Area: Ardnamurchan or Mallaig or...?

Some great suggestions from scotlandmac.

However, you say you are 'not trying to be too, too ambitious', and 'like to walk/hike a bit.'

A day trip across Mull to Iona is quite ambitious, and would not leave you much time for a decent walk. And bear in mind that Iona is an important and historic religious site, so it is firmly on the tourist trail. So if you decide to go to Mull,, the suggestions in post 8 might be more suitable for you than those in post 7

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