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Ardnamurchan Point - Most Westerly Part of the British Mainland

Lying to the north of the Island of Mull and south of the Island of Skye, the Ardnamurchan Peninsula in Lochaber, Highland, Scotland is wild, remote and truly beautiful. It has outstanding unspoiled scenery and beaches. One can see wildlife in abundance, from golden eagles to whales and dolphins. This is one of the best places to gather the purest and freshest coastal air.

The views are fantastic. You can clearly see many nearby and some not so near islands.

In spite of its remote location there are plenty of places to stay. You have a good choice of BnB’s, fairly-priced cottages, a couple of good hotels and camping sites. All are open in the summer months and some even cater for tourists and fresh air enthusiasts over Christmas and New Year.

We set up our equipment at Ardnamurchan Point not far from the famous lighthouse. It is made of pink granite and took three years to build. It has a slightly Egyptian feel to it and was first opened in 1849. It stands at is 36 metres tall. The top of the lighthouse is 55 metres above sea level. To reach the summit requires a climb up 152 steps. Just when you think you have arrived, there are two ladders to scale. At the top of the first ladder there’s the control room and an outside balcony. It is from here that you will get the best views. On a clear day you can even see Barra, which is 50 miles away to the north-west.  After scaling the second ladder, you get to the light room itself.

The area is also famous for being the most westerly place on the British mainland. The next time you hear the shipping forecast on BBC Radio 4, listen out for a mention.

The next stop across the other side of the Atlantic Ocean is Nova Scotia which is about 2700 miles away.

Earlier Event: 20 September
Suffolk Coast National Nature Reserve