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Aoineadh Mòr

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Aoineadh Mòr Forest Notices

COVID-19 has changed lots of things we do. And as we re-open the majority of our facilities and welcome more of you back in Phase 3, we need your help to do it safely. Please check what’s open before you travel; enjoy your visit safely by following NHS and Scottish Government guidance; take your litter home with you; and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

At this location:

  • The car park is open and normal charges (if any) now apply.

Please bear with us and check back regularly for updates. You can also find more information by visiting our COVID-19 page and our FAQs.

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
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
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 & access

Parking
Parking
Picnic area
Picnic area
Campervan parking
Campervan parking

Life's essentials

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

Stay the Night

Motorhomes and campervans will be allowed to park overnight at this car park.

This is part of a short-term national trial that will run until later in the year, open to self-contained vehicles only. Motorhomes and campervans can stay for one night only at a time between 6pm and 10am. Camping and overnight parking of cars is not allowed.

Before you visit, please read our Stay the Night guidance, terms and conditions:

Stay the Night

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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Phone
0300 067 6650 (option 1)
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