We just had a family holiday to the beautiful Scottish Highlands staying in Arnisdale, a picturesque village nestled in front of the imposing mountain Beinn Sgritheall and overlooking Loch Hourn and Knoydart.
Arnisdale is a quiet and remote spot, the nearest village with a shop is Glenelg, about 9 miles away, my husband visited and said the pub was great! We were there at the end of July and were lucky enough to have amazing weather most of the week, perfect for spending time outdoors.
Walking to Corran and visiting the tea hut.
We did this walk most days, on the first day I said to my husband ‘I don’t know where to look, everywhere is so beautiful’ and that just about sums it up. One day we walked past Corran and explored further along the coast. Sitting with my son and watching Gannets diving in the loch was a pretty special moment. We stopped at the tea hut in Corran one day and the kids ate the most delicious cake. (of course I helped them.😜)
Taking the little ferry from Glenelg to Skye.
The ferry is tiny, it only fits a few cars on it and it takes about 5 minutes to get across the water. We stopped off at ‘Deli Gasta’ in Broadford for coffee (great coffee!) and then headed to Portree, a busy little harbour town. I loved looking around the little shops, especially ‘Or’ which is filled with gorgeous, tempting work by designer makers and artists. I found a pretty cool water bottle for my husband in there whilst he took the kids to the newsagent where they blew their entire holiday budget on toys (my daughter came out with a Highland Cow teddy) Next time we go I would definitely try and stay longer on Skye to properly explore, a day was not enough!
Climbing Beinn Sgritheall.
We took the footpath from Arnisdale and it was a lovely walk but be warned, the last bit of scree was quite steep (we may have lost the path!). Our kids were happily running up but the dog is old and got tired so I had to carry him for the last bit and my husband wasn’t looking too happy either. We got to the first peak and then decided not to negotiate the ridge and came back down the way we came. The views were still absolutely amazing across to the Cuillins on Skye, the isles of Eigg and Rum, Knoydart and the mountain range behind. Well worth the walk and next time when the kids are a bit bigger we will walk the whole mountain. Special thanks to ‘Wild About Scotland’ for writing the blog post about climbing Beinn Sgritheall. We found that really useful.
Painting and taking photos
If you even have a small passion for drawing, painting or photography then you are going to love it here. Everywhere we looked was stunning. (I took one of my own hand made sketchbooks available from this website because you can do light washes of paint on it but of course there are others available! 😀 )
Hope this post helps any of you planning a trip to the area. We really enjoyed spending time in this stunning, remote place. It was great to be able to take in the scenery and spend time with my family. I can’t wait to go back.
Edit; My husband filmed our walk from Corran towards Arnisdale, he writes music and used it in the video for one of his songs. Here is the you tube link, go have a look!