Our Location and Things to Do

The Rockvilla Guest House & Licensed Restaurant is located in the coastal village of Lochcarron, Wester Ross. Situated on the beautiful west coast of the Scottish Highlands we are approximately 63 miles (just over 100km) from Inverness.

By road

  • The journey from Inverness using the A9, A832, & A890 takes just 90 minutes.
  • Glencoe and Fort William, passing through Glen Shiel where there are associations with Bonnie Prince Charlie and the ’45 (A82, A87, & A890). Travel time between Fort William and Lochcarron is approx 2hrs 15mins.

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By rail

The Inverness – Kyle of Lochalsh line is renowned for its beautiful scenery. The closest station to Lochcarron is located in the village of Strathcarron, around 2 miles away. If required, we are able to provide collection/drop services to the station via prior arrangement. More information can be found here: Scotrail: Kyle Line

By air

Inverness Airport is around 90 minutes away by car and offers competitive car hire. The Airport is served by a number of airlines including:

  • Flybe
  • Easyjet
  • British Airways
  • KLM

The website for the airport can be accessed via the following link: Highlands and Islands Airports: Inverness

 

Things to do in and around Lochcarron

The village of Lochcarron is one of the longest in Scotland and extends along the north shore of Loch Carron. On Main Street, you will find the main amenities including shops, galleries, a bistro, cafe, pub, bank (including ATM) and two petrol stations.

P1020595Other services, such as car & bicycle hire are seasonally available from local providers.

Lochcarron is a perfectly located base from which visitors can take day trips to some of the most beautiful spots in the area such as the Isle of Skye, Applecross, Torridon, Sheildag and Ullapool.

Before you visit, take a look at some of the stunning photos on www.lochcarron.tv.

The lovely village of Applecross with it’s Inn and beautiful beach is an exciting 45 minute drive away on one of the UK’s most remarkable roads, the Bealach na Bà.

Walking/Climbing

Lochcarron is right at the heart of the magnificent Scottish Highlands and is perfectly located for access to a wealth of popular walking and climbing spots. The old road to Torridon via Coulags offers an exhilarating full-day walk (requires pick-up at Torridon), whilst a gentler walks are available in the village and around the loch itself.

Driving

There is so much to see, all comfortably reached from the central location of Lochcarron. Applecross (over the Bealach) is a must (with care), whilst villages further north such as Shieldaig, Torridon and Diabeg all have a magical quality.

024Via the loch-side road, you can access the famous village of Plockton. Located in a beautiful natural harbour, Plockton has played host to a number of television and film productions including Hamish Macbeth and The Wicker Man. Further on, you will find Kyle of Lochalsh, the area’s largest town, and the bridge to Skye. The island is home to some of the world’s most impressive and indeed, varied, scenery whilst being a hub for the Arts & Crafts sector. For those wishing to learn more about this growing community, the South West Ross Arts and Eats Trail brings together local businesses wishing to promote their studios and galleries around the area.

The bridge over to Skye gives easy access of course, but in the season the ferry crossing from Glenelg provides a much more romantic way to arrive on the island. The drive from Lochcarron to the ferry can only be described as stunning and Glenelg itself has a lovely Inn as well as some of the best preserved Brochs in Scotland.

Inverness, Fort William, Glencoe, Loch Ness and other great destinations lie slightly further afield, but are all achievable if you want a good day out.

Other Outdoor Activities

Again, so much is available it is only possible to touch on some aspects. Perhaps a trip to see the seals from Plockton with Calums Sealtrips – see some seals or your money back!!

For those looking for full-day excursions, there are longer boat trips from Elgol and other locations on Skye, including gentle trips with Bella Jane, as well as fast-paced trips on RIB boats to see whales, sharks and Dolphins with Aqua Xplore.

On our side of the water, the Torridon Sea Tours, based in Shieldaig, offer wonderful access to the local wildlife and with their new underwater drone that access has been broadened still.

If the sea is not for you, this part of Scotland has some inspiring beaches on offer. Big Sand near Applecross has been featured on many television programmes including Great Escapes with Monty Hall. Gairloch, only 1 hour from Lochcarron, is also home to beaches of impressive expansion.

History is always in the air as well with fabulous places to visit and explore. Loch Ness and Urquhart castle can be reached in a day, while the most photographed Eilean Donan Castle is under an hour away. From here it is a short drive to Glen Sheil, the location of the famous Battle of Glen Shiel.

For those more daring and looking for adventure Torridon Activities offers a wild range of activities including kayaking, gorge scrambling and archery.

Attadale Gardens, are just 15 minutes away and offer beautiful examples of plant life from all corners of the globe. A very pleasant way to spend some time (open seasonally). If you’re a sports person, the local Shinty team play on Saturdays and Battery Park and are a first-class example of the famous Scottish sport.

Lochcarron, as well as other villages in the area, has its own 9-hole golf course and is open to players of all abilities for a small green fee. Feel free to ask for more details.

Moving on

You may be continuing your holiday after staying with us. We are more than happy to recommend locations and specific accommodation that is known to us.