Shieldaig Grazing

UK Scotland Highlands Ross-shire

  • Campfires allowed
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
Small informal site with great views over an island in the bay

Come and have a graze at Shieldaig. You’ll be vying with the sheep for the choicest grass, but this intimate little strip of village grazing land is quite a treat. Sitting on the hill just above the one-street village of Shieldaig, the site overlooks a bay with a wooded Swallows and Amazons-style island plonked invitingly in the middle and a couple of wee boats anchored in the still waters. Behind you loom the dark peaks of the Torridon Range, which make for challenging climbing or just a brooding presence at your back as you cook dinner over the campfire.

Shieldaig’s on the shores of its own loch, an inlet of Loch Torridon that eats into the land of Wester Ross. Come through the dramatic valley from Kinlochewe in the east and you’ll pass under Beinn Eighe, a black monster of a mountain that has seen better days and is now a great stack of crumbling rock that looks about ready to fall apart.

If you reach Shieldaig in one piece you’ll find a row of neat whitewashed houses just a stone’s throw from the coastal road and right on the lochside. The campsite’s pretty small and there’s no way to book, so it’s advisable to get there early and stake a claim, particularly when the annual fête and music festival is on in late July. After all, you wouldn’t want to run the gauntlet through the black valley and have nowhere to graze, or gaze from, at the end of the day.

Details

Facilities

Nothing at the site, though there’s a well-maintained public loo with hot and cold water down the hill by the village as well as a drinking-water tap.

Food & Drink

The Shieldaig Bar and Coastal Kitchen (01520 755251) is the best option. Down the hill and along the road, it’s on the left. Recently rebuilt, it’s still fairly small and intimate and tends to be busy (especially when it’s raining).

Opening Times

All year.

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Location

Shieldaig Grazing, Shieldaig, Wester Ross IV54 8XN

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Getting There

From the A835 between Inverness and Ullapool, take the A832 through Achnasheen to Kinlochewe and the A896 past Torridon. Turn off at Shieldaig and you’ll find the site on top of the hill. There are bus services to Sheildaig run by DMK (01520 722682) and Lochcarron Garage (01520 722205; book the night before to ensure a seat). Best check www.visittorridon.co.uk/travel.htm for details of times. Out of season, some services are by request only.

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