Blackwood Croft

Self Catering Accommodation in Strathcarron, Wester Ross

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Strathcarron is situated on the West Coast of Scotland, 63 miles due west of Inverness, and lies amidst magnificent Highland scenery, some of the finest in the British Isles. 
Strathcarron is an excellent base for touring, with many places to see, both in the near locality and further afield. 
To the right is a view of Strome Castle, some 6 miles west of Strathcarron, with the Cuillins on Skye in the background.

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To the immediate north and west lies the Applecross peninsula which is approached via the Bealach na Ba, the Pass of the Cattle, one of the highest roads in Britain. This road climbs from sea level to a height of 2,053 feet, and provides some spectacular views along the way. 
A 20-minute walk from the car park at the summit affords some even more magnificent views in all directions, especially towards the Isles of Skye and Raasay to the west. The photo to the left shows the view down towards Kishorn from the Applecross tops.
After negotiating the rugged high-level countryside on the approach, one's arrival back at sea level gives the feeling of reaching a haven of peace and tranquillity. Applecross village is a very pretty little place, and there are some superb views across the Inner Sound to Raasay and Skye.
A little further to the north and west are the Torridon Hills, always a favourite area for walkers and climbers, and the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve; also, beautiful Loch Maree, and Gairloch with its lovely white sandy beaches and links' golf course. Further north up the coast from Gairloch are Inverewe Gardens which, despite being on a latitude more northerly than Moscow, contain exotic plants from all over the world, courtesy of the Gulf Stream.
To the south and west are Loch Alsh and the new Skye Bridge, and the magnificent scenery of Glenelg (with its Pictish brochs) and Kintail. The view to the right shows this area of the mainland as seen from Isleornsay on Skye.
Nearer to Strathcarron are the pretty villages of Shieldaig and Plockton, the latter being the location for the "Hamish MacBeth" TV series. To the surprise of many people, palm trees can be seen growing on the water front in Plockton - click here if you don't believe us!
The view from Isleornsay across the Sound of Sleat towards the entrance to Loch Hourn
Strathcarron is surrounded by superb countryside with magnificent views - an ideal spot for walkers, photographers, artists, and anyone who appreciates beautiful mountain scenery.
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