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Aoineadh Mòr

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Latest forest information

Forests all across Scotland have been seriously affected by recent storms. We are doing everything we can to make our forests safe for visitors, communities, forest businesses and our staff. However, many of our forests remain closed while others have significant diversions and access restrictions for the foreseeable future. Please keep safe and follow all closure notices and safety signage.

Take care on or around open water. Find out more on our Water Safety page.

There are currently cattle grazing in the township area around this location, please keep your dogs at heel and note the safety signage. 

About

Explore the history of a once-thriving croft settlement

When foresters felled the trees here in 1994 they uncovered the remains of this once-thriving crofting township. The residents were evicted 200 years ago to make way for sheep grazing and then later for planting trees. Wander through birch woods to reach the silent settlement and find out more about the families that once lived here.

Miss Christina Stewart from Edinburgh bought the Glenmorvern Estate in 1824, and ordered the entire population to be evicted at once. With no official lease for their crofts, the families had no choice but to leave. We now protect these ruins as an atmospheric reminder of the area's heritage. Find out more about the heritage of Aoineadh Mòr in our 'Learn' section.

Walking trails

Walking

Mary’s Path

A charming trail through native oak and birch woodland to reach the ruined Clearance village of Aoineadh Mòr, once home to Mary Cameron and her family.

Uneven grassy and gravel surface. Some rocky and slightly muddy sections. Includes steep slopes and one short narrow section.

Moderate trail grade icon
1 ½ miles / 2.3 km

Allow
¾ hours

More information

This path is named in memory of Mary Cameron, who left a moving account of the clearance of Aoineadh Mòr in 1824. You can explore the township paths and return along the same route or on the higher level James's Path.

Walking

James’s Path

Climb up through the conifers to a fabulous viewpoint overlooking Loch Doire nam Mart, before emerging near the Clearance township.

Long steep slopes with some rocky steps. Uneven grassy surface with some rocky and muddy sections.

Strenuous trail grade icon
1 ½ miles / 2.4 km

Allow
1 hour

More information

This trail commemorates James Cameron, who carried his aged mother out of the valley on his back during the Clearances. You can wander round the township paths and return by the same route or on the lower level Mary's Path.

Facilities and access

Walking
Walking
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Parking
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Picnic area
Picnic area

Life's essentials

You'll find public toilets and places to eat, drink and buy basic supplies at Lochaline.

Car parking information

There is no charge to park in this car park. Please park with care and consideration. In particular please park in designated parking areas only and do not block entrances or gates.

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Getting here

From Lochaline take the A884 north. Turn left after about 3½ miles (5.5 km) onto an unclassified road signposted Kinloch (Teacuis). Aoineadh Mòr is along this road on the left after about 2½ miles (4.2 km).

Using SatNav?

PA80 5XE is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

There are buses from Fort William to Lochaline several times a week. Find timetables at Traveline Scotland.

The Mull ferry runs regularly between Lochaline and Fishnish.

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Nearby forests

A small pool of water standing no a stony shore with natural grass and a sail boat in the water

An ancient 'wishing stone' and a peaceful picnic site

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
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Parking
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Picnic area
Picnic area
Distance from 'Aoineadh Mòr': 4.12 miles
Conifer tree with dew in the morning

Watch for otters and porpoises in the Sound of Mull

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
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Parking
Wildlife hide
Wildlife hide
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Picnic area
Picnic area
Distance from 'Aoineadh Mòr': 5.85 miles
Stream flowing over grey rocks

Climb the lookout for fantastic views of fast-flowing waters

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
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Parking
All ability trails
All ability trails
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Distance from 'Aoineadh Mòr': 5.87 miles

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