Wind through ancient woodland to discover a tranquil natural harbour where Vikings once wintered their boats

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...

Parking Picnic area Walking Viewpoint

Find a refreshment

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

Walking trails

Cycling trails

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.

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 for about 8 miles (13 km). Sàilean nan Cuileag car park is on the left, at grid reference NM 700 643.

Using SatNav?

PH36 4JN is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

There are buses from Fort William to Kilchoan via Salen every day except Sunday. Find details at Traveline Scotland.

Nearby places

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.

There are more views and wonderful wildlife at Garbh Eilean Wildlife Hide and neighbouring Ard Airigh.

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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