A peaceful picnic site with panoramic Loch Sunart views beside a Viking's river

Camas Torsa

Soak in beautiful loch views at Camas Torsa

Camas Torsa reminds us that this area was a Viking stronghold a thousand years ago – its Gaelic name means 'the bay of Thor's river'. Today it's a tranquil place with wonderful views across Loch Sunart to Glencripesdale National Nature Reserve. Watch out for seals, otters and sea eagles fishing in the loch.

Parking Picnic area Walking Viewpoint

Find the essentials

You'll find public toilets, refreshments and shops at nearby Acharacle.

Walking trails

Cycling trails

Mountain biking trails

Oak survivors

Oakwoods once grew all along the Atlantic coast from Norway to Spain and fragments of those ancient forests have survived across Sunart.

The woods were once home to a thriving community producing charcoal, bark for leather tanning and timber for building. The Vikings particularly valued the local oaks for building boats.

About 150 years ago, non-native conifers began to be planted here at Camas Torsa, to produce fast-growing timber. Once the current stands of Sitka spruce have been felled, native oaks, birch and rowan will be allowed to regenerate along the loch shore to help re-establish the complex environment of the lost oakwoods.

Contact: Lochaber Forest District

Address: Torlundy, Fort William

Postcode: PH33 6SW

Telephone: 0300 067 6870


How to get here

From Strontian, take the A816 west to Salen. Then follow the B8007 for about 1¼ miles (2 km). Camustorsa car park is on your left at grid reference NM 680 631.

Using SatNav?

PH36 4JN is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

There are buses from Fort William to Kilchoan via Salen every day except Sunday, which pass Camustorsa. Find timetables at Traveline Scotland.

Nearby places

Looking for some gentle trails nearby?

Garbh Eilean Wildlife Hide offers a chance to see some wonderful wildlife, as well as panoramic views. Ardery has trails, a hide and picnic tables suitable for visitors with wheelchairs.

You can also play, picnic and take a boardwalk round a little loch at Lochan na Dunaich, beside Salen. It’s a great place to visit in summer when the water lilies are in bloom and the dragonflies are zooming around.

Looking for something a bit more energetic?

If you’re ready for a strenuous trail that rewards with superb views over remote and dramatic Loch Morlich, head to Ardmolich. On a clear day you can see the Small Isles of Rhum, Eigg and Muck on the horizon.

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