Sàilean nan Cuileag
Relax by the water's edge
For centuries people have used the safe natural harbour at Sàilean nan Cuileag (The Bay of the Flies). Wander down to the water's edge to enjoy the view – you might spot seals and seabirds, although you'll have to imagine the Viking boats...
Find a refreshment
You'll find public toilets, refreshments and shops at nearby Salen.
Sàilean nan Cuileag
Wind down through the Atlantic oakwoods and mossy boulders to the atmospheric lochside bay. The salt marsh here on the edge of Loch Sunart supports many unusual wild flowers.
A steep and narrow path with a rough and rocky surface, with some steep steps. Can be muddy after rain.
½ miles / 0.7 km Allow ¼ hour
Mountain biking trails
West coast rain forests
Sàilean nan Cuileag is one of Sunart’s many patches of Atlantic oakwood – a rich, beautiful environment that once stretched along the coast between Norway and Spain.
The damp, clean air makes them wonderful places for plants like mosses and lichens, and there is scattered evidence of the thriving community that once worked in the woods to make charcoal and cut timber. In the past, many of the woods had been planted with non-native conifers, but recent work is restoring the unique oakwood habitat.
How to get here
From Strontian, take the A816 west for about 8 miles (13 km). Sàilean nan Cuileag car park is on the left, at grid reference NM 700 643.
PH36 4JN is the nearest postcode.
There are buses from Fort William to Kilchoan via Salen every day except Sunday. Find details at Traveline Scotland.
Looking for more trails nearby?
Lochan na Dunaich is part of the same forest, and is a magical forest well worth a visit.
Enjoy classic Highland views and wonderful wildlife at Ariundle, the forest beside Strontian. On the edge of the village is Phemie’s Walk, leading through tall conifers to fine views over Strontian and Loch Sunart.
Want something a bit more energetic?
If you’re ready for a strenuous trail that rewards with superb views over remote and dramatic Loch Moidart, head to Ardmolich.
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