Lochan na Dunaich
Sit and dream at Lochan na Dunaich
If you're looking for a quiet spot for a picnic or a grassy area to run around and play games, then this is the place for you. There's a gentle trail around the lochan too.
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Acharcle has public toilets, shops and refreshments.
Lochan na Dunaich Trail
A short wander through the open oakwoods to brooding Lochan na Dunaich, said to be haunted by a kelpie (or water spirit).
Firm but uneven gravel surface throughout. Generally flat with some short moderate slopes. Includes sections of wooden boardwalk.
½ miles / 0.8 km Allow ¼ hour
The lochan here is particularly lovely in summer, when the water lilies are in bloom and dragonflies and mayflies dance across the surface. Its placid appearance belies its name – Lochan na Dunaich translates from the Gaelic as the 'little loch of sadness'. Legend says that a kelpie, a mythical white waterhorse, would lure children into the lochan’s dark waters, never to be seen again.
Mountain biking trails
How to get here
From Strontian, take the A816 west for about 9 miles (14.5 km). Lochan na Dunaich car park is on the right hand side. If you reach the junction with the B8007 to Salen, you've gone about 250 yards too far! The car park is at grid reference NM 692 644.
PH36 4JN is the nearest postcode.
There are buses from Fort William to Kilchoan via Strontian every day except Sunday. Find timetables at Traveline Scotland.
Looking for some gentle trails nearby?
As part of the same forest, you'll find Sàilean nan Cuileag, which is a lovely place to explore. Enjoy panoramic views and wonderful wildlife at Garbh Eilean Wildlife Hide and neighbouring Ard Airigh. The trails and hide are suitable for everyone and there are picnic tables suitable for visitors with wheelchairs at Ard Airigh.
Looking for something a bit more energetic?
At Ardmolich you can find a more demanding trail with wide views over remote and dramatic Loch Morlich. On a clear day you can see the Small Isles of Rhum, Eigg and Muck on the horizon.
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