Arisaig, Glenfinnan, Mallaig and more!

Hello again everyone from bonnie Scotland.

I hope you enjoyed my last post about visiting Loch Lomond and the Trossachs.

Today I’m taking you on a journey to Arisaig, north west Scotland, a little further north than my journey to Ardnamurchan. It’s winter here just now in Scotland, so it seems strange taking you to the summer months … online time travel is wonderful thing!

The plan was to camp at a quiet campsite with lovely walks, views and a beach nearby. So I had a look at the Cool Camping website and also the Cool Camping Scotland book and found Camusdarach campsite. The beach looked so tropical and it was in Scotland!

We’ve visited Camusdarach campsite five times over the years. When we find somewhere we really like it’s difficult to try somewhere else. It’s that security of what you know and like. I’ll be sharing photos from all of our visits to this wonderful paradise.

Camusdarach campsite

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Tent pitches

The campsite had one tent pitching area, but if you wanted to hook up to electricity there were two other areas you could choose from. We’ve pitched in all areas and liked them all. Our stays have been two nights, three nights, four nights, then seven nights. As you can see, each year we extended our stay. The campsite is always developing so things can change over the years, except the wonderful beaches and views!

Our last visit in July 2013 was for the full week. We’d upgraded our tent (again) to a seven person Vango Maritsa! It was huge and had lots of living space which you really need if the weather isn’t great.

We sat in our tent one day through a thunder storm! It was interesting to say the least. The noise of the rain battering the tent canvas was so loud we couldn’t hear each other speak. It lasted for about an hour.

We survived to tell the tale and then the sun was splitting the sky again. That’s camping in Scotland for you!

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Home for a week

Walk to the beach

Camusdarach beach was only a five minute walk from the campsite, and we bumped into a few bunny rabbits along the way!

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Brother and sister walking to the beach
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Bunny
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Rum and Eigg
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To the beach

The beaches

The white sandy beaches looked so tranquil with views over to the Small Isles of Eigg, Rum, Muck and Canna and also the Isle of Skye. It was a huge giant playground for all ages!

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I’ve been to paradise
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Beaches
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Camusdarach beach
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Changing skies
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House in the hill

There were other lovely campsites on the coast located right on the beach. They were beautiful too, but I liked that we could walk to the beach and walk back with most of the sand already fallen off us, meaning we weren’t sleeping in it.

We found the most beautiful seashells,  climbed over the amazing rock formations and found other secluded beaches.

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She sells seashells
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On the seashore

My children seemed to love hanging around the beach. It was great therapy getting away from it all and taking in the natural beauty around us. We played with the ball, paddled in the sea and tried some kite flying too. Oh and a bit of geocaching was fun too.

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Waving from the beach
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Ball games
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Let’s go and fly a kite
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The ball that fell from Skye
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Beach ball fun
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Jumping the waves
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Rock climbing
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Waves and light
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Lonely kite man
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Too far to swim
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Running
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Tranquil Rum and Eigg

At night there was the most spectacular sunsets! One night we all stayed on the beach until 11pm and enjoyed toasted marshmallows and hot chocolate. Yummy!

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Beach shelter
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Lost something?
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Splashing at sunset
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Marshmallows
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Sunset over Skye
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Sunset over Skye
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Late night paddle

It was still quite light at that time in the summer. When we were walking back to the tent the nightlife came alive and we got a fright with quite a few large frogs jumping across our feet! I remember my children really loving that night.

Whilst we were in the area we also visited the following places:

Glenfinnan

The Glenfinnan Monument sits at the head of Loch Shiel with a lone kilted highlander at the top. It was built in 1815 and is a tribute to the Jacobite clansmen who fought and died in the cause of Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie).

There’s a visitor centre, cafe and you can climb up to the top of the monument. If you’re a member of the National Trust for Scotland this is free, if not, you need to pay for this.

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Glenfinnan monument
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Glenfinnan monument and viaduct
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Lone highlander
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View from the monument
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Sitting by the water

The impressive Glenfinnan viaduct is also famously known for the filming location of some of the Harry Potter movies.

There’s a short but strenuous uphill walk beside the visitor centre. It’s so worth the climb as when you reach the top you’re rewarded with the magnificent views across to the viaduct and the monument. We’ve walked up here a few times and the last time we were there we also bagged a geocache!

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Glenfinnan viaduct
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View from the hill
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We found the geocache and trackable

Fort William

On one of our visits we ventured into Fort William for the day to the Nevis Range. There are lots of outdoor activities you can do here such as the high wire adventure, family cycling, mountain biking, skiing, forest walks and more.

We went up on the gondoloa. It’s expensive, but such a great experience. There’s a cafe at the top and you can walk around the mountain. This is also where the world cup downhill mountain biking takes place.

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Mountain biking
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Nevis range
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Swinging half way up a mountain

The high wire adventure was challenging but fun!

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Wobbly walk
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Hold on tight
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Don’t look down!

It was a great wee day out and the kids loved it.

Morar

Have you heard of the white sands of Morar? We stopped off here on the way to Mallaig one day.

As I was walking along the beach a gentleman looked at me in a confused manner and said “I think I’ve taken a wrong turn somewhere and ended up in Greece…”

I laughed out loud, and then felt quite proud of our beautiful Scotland!

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It’s not Greece
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Sandy bays and turquoise water
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Rocky walk
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Morar

Mallaig

Mallaig is a small fishing village only about 10 minutes drive from Camusdarach campsite. You can stock up on groceries here, browse around the local shops or go for something nice to eat. Plenty of fresh fish!

The Jacobite steam train (featured in the Harry Potter movies) is sometimes sitting in the train station, arriving from Fort William.

The village has an indoor swimming pool if you fancy something to do on a rainy day.

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Mallaig harbour
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Mallaig harbour
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Mallaig

Mallaig is also the place to go if you want to sail across the sea to the Isle of Skye or any of the Small Isles. It’s on my list of things to do, explore the Small Isles!

One year we sailed over to Skye as an alternative long route home. It was a quick drive through the island to Portree. I really want to go back and explore the island on foot.

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Over the sea to Skye
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Knoydart and Skye
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Skye
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Skye

After Portree, we crossed the Skye bridge with a quick stop at the impressive 13th century castle Eilean Donan.

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Skye bridge
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Eilean Donan Castle
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Eilean Donan Castle
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Raining at Eilean Donan Castle

I hope you liked my photos and visit these places one day. This is just a snapshot of our adventures in this area, there’s so much more to see and explore!

Thanks for reading.

Love, Dawn-Marie x

9 thoughts on “Arisaig, Glenfinnan, Mallaig and more!

  1. I have gone here every year since I was born. This is my favourite place in Scotland and your photos really do it justice! Lovely to meet you in the blogosphere! x

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    1. Thanks Laura 🙂

      It’s so beautiful isn’t it. Still so much to explore as well.

      Your blog is amazing! Beautiful photos and really nice layout!

      I’m a newbie and still learning, especially with trying to make my blog look a bit better . I’d like to customise it more, but I need to learn how to change the CSS . I’ll get there eventually :).

      Nice to meet you too and I’ll pop over for a read!

      Thanks
      Dawn-Marie 🙂 x

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      1. Thank you Dawn-Marie! Are you on WordPress.org as opposed to .com? I’ve got the Premium package so I can edit CSS but it’s taken me a while to master it haha! Let me know if I can be of any help! Happy weekend 🙂 x

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      2. Hi Laura, thanks! I’m on .com premium. My challenge today is to try and change the size and shape of my blog name … I’d like to try and create a wee logo to add in here. I’m always learning something new, it’s fun though. If I’m really stuck I might give you a shout! Have a lovely weekend too 🙂 x

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  2. I love the beaches, truly beautiful ! When we were in the area we didn’t get the chance to visit Eilean Donan Castle … damn it, it looks so pretty ! I wish we had gone there 🙂 Beautiful pictures

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    1. Thank you! The beaches are stunning, especially when it’s sunny. Eilean Donan was brilliant but too quick a visit. I’d like to go back and explore the whole area! I hope you visit the castle the next time. 😃

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      1. I would definitively explore the area better if I get the chance

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  3. Wow! I absolutely loved your photos. I know what you mean about going back to the same campsite. For years we went to Brighouse Bay, near Kirkcudbright. I can highly recommend it if you fancy a trip to Dumfries and Galloway.
    I would love to go to Morar one day.

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    1. Thanks :). We have such a beautiful country to photograph. I’m still learning how to use a camera better, but auto works well too ;).

      I’ve heard of Brighouse Bay, thanks for the recommendation. We’ve camped down that area too. I love the Mull of Galloway, Port Logan and Port Patrick. Caerlaverock Castle is pretty impressive too!

      If you do venture up north to visit Morar I would recommend Camusdarach campsite, it’s not just for tents, also caravans, self-catering and I think they have a glamping pod now that I’d love to try.

      Thanks so much for looking at my post. It’s been a while since I’ve written one!

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