Plockton is at the very centre of one of the best holiday destinations in the UK. There is something to do for all of the family, from exploring ancient ruined castles, beach-combing and watching fantastic wildlife, on the land, in the sea and in the air. Your time at 'Off the Rails' will never be long enough, but be sure to ensure that you relax and unwind, ready to return to the bustle of the world beyond. Whether it be a gentle stroll along the shore, or the challenge of climbing one of the majestic mountains close by, you will take home memories that will last a lifetime.
We have shown below just some of the great things to see and do whilst you are staying at 'Off the Rails', and would be delighted to help you plan your stay. Just get in touch!
- Eilean Donan Castle at nearby Dornie, home of the Clan Macrae, and a great castle
- Dunvegan Castle, north Skye, ancient seat of the Clan Macleod, long time enemies of the Clan Donald
- Clan Donald Skye, home of Armadale Castle and the Museum of the Isles, and seat of the Clan Donald, long time enemies of the Clan Macleod!
- Applecross, across the Bealach na Ma, the ' pass of the cattle', and some of the finest scenery on the west coast. Don't miss lunch or dinner at the Applecross Inn
- The Wester Ross Coastal Trail, a 150 mile scenic route from nearby to Plockton up to Gairloch, via Kishorn, Shieldaig, Torridon and Poolewe
- Inverewe Gardens, northern gardens of the National Trust for Scotland, with a wonderful range of plants, shrubs, trees and exotic flowers
- Attadale Gardens, on Loch Carron, a beautiful garden in the grounds of Attadale House
- Lochalsh Woodland Garden at Balmacara, managed by the NTS for the Balmacara Estate
- Mam Ratagan, Glenelg, Arnisdale and Corran. A quiet and hidden corner of Ross-Shire, reached from the A87 at Shiel Bridge, and some of the finest scenery on the west coast
- The Sandaig Islands, near Glenelg, long time home of Gavin Maxwell, author of 'Ring of Bright Water' known in the books as Camusfearna, Bay of the Alders
- Eilean Ban and the Bright Water Centre at Kyleakin, offering tours of the 'White Island', Stevenson Lighthouse and Wildlife Hide, and interesting Visitor Centre
- The Kylerhea Otter Haven, close to the small Skye Ferry, and popular location for viewing otters, seals and birdlife in the narrows between Skye and the mainland at Glenelg
- Sea-Fari, wildlife trips by fast inflatable from Armadale Pier in south Skye
- The Skye Serpentarium at Broadford, a unique insight into snakes and reptiles
- The Bella Jane and Aquaxplore boat trips from Elgol, on Skye, offering a fantastic range of trips to Loch Coruisk in the Cuillins, and to the Small Isles
- The Misty Isle, also offering boat trips from Elgol across Loch Scavaig to Loch Coruisk
- Portree, the main town of Skye with its picturesque harbour, arts and craft shops, restaurants and pubs, as well as unique boat trips to see the local sea-eagles
- The Trotternish Peninsula in north east Skye, home to the famous Old Man of Storr and Quirang, some of the most majestic mountain formations in Britain
- The Waternish Peninsular in north west Skye, with the SkyeSkins tannery, Shilasdair Yarns, and the Stein Inn, Skye's oldest pub
- Neist Point Lighthouse, on the north west coast of Skye, popular in summer for watching fantastic marine and birdlife from the high cliffs and rocky shoreline
- Talisker Distilery, Skye's only malt whisky distillery, and a must on your tour of the attractions of Skye and Lochalsh!
All this and more is featured in 'The Visitor', the best free guide to the West Highlands and Islands, produced three times a year by the team from the West Highland Free Press, the leading local newspaper, founded in 1972. Click on the link to download the pages from 'The Visitor'
And this is just a taster, there's a lot more waiting for you.........................................