Cafe Rhu, Arisaig, Lochaber

Out and About in the Rough Bounds

There is an abundance of things to see and do all over Lochaber, also known as 'The Outdoor Capital of the UK'.

The area is famous for its stunning and dramatic scenery, giving outdoor enthusiasts a great base for many types of outdoor activities: scuba diving, sailing and canoeing, fly fishing and sea fishing to walking, cycling, mountain biking, rock climbing, ice climbing, canyoning, skiing and snowboarding.

The area around Lochailort to Knoydart is known as 'Na Garbh Chriochan' (which translates to 'the rough bounds') because of its dramatic rugged landscape. Created during the Ice Age through changing sea levels, it also hosts Loch Morar, the deepest Loch in Britian. Many other features of the landscape made in this time can also be seen, such as the sand dunes at Traigh, old shorelines carved into the hill (at Ardnafuaran, Glasnacardoch and Morar Estuary) and many beautiful raised beaches. More information about places to see in the area.

"Rugged, remote, romantic and rare - Scotland's famous Highlands make up one of Europe's great wilderness areas. The region boasts Britain's highest peaks and most spectacular glens, fascinating archaeological sites, mysterious loch monsters and massive seabird colonies. It's the place to get your heart pumping by scrambling over dramatic ridges, or slow the pace down by strolling along peaceful waterways." - Lonely Planet

The main tourist period is April to September, and the height of the season is during the school holidays in July and August. Your best chances of fine weather are in May, June and September; July and August are usually warm, but may be wet too. 5 day forecast for Arisaig.

During the Summer months, each village also has their traditional Highland Games with historic events sush as piping, tossing the caber and tug o war to name a few.

Arisaig is situated in a natural bay, and so provides a sheltered marina which is a popular gateway to the Inner and Outer Hebrides. The area is cupped within a rugged coastline deeply indented by sheltered sea lochs and an astonishing assortment of plants and animals live on the seabed.

The Sound of Arisaig marine Special Area of Conservation (mSAC) is one of a network of areas designated to conserve natural habitats and species of wildlife which are rare, endangered or valuable in the European Community under the "Natura 2000" scheme. Map of SAC area.

(Image 1 © Doreen Longmuir, Image 2 © Mhairi Longmuir, Image 3 © iStock Photography)

Eigg from Rhu

Sunset from Arisaig

Sunset from Arisaig

Morar Falls

Loch Morar Falls

Silver Sands

Silver Sands

Wildlife around the Arisaig Area
Arisaig childrens art for sale in aid of Arisaig Primary School
Cafe Rhu Pinboard

Wildlife in the Area | Cafe Rhu Pinboard | Road to the Isles Photo Gallery