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If you're looking for a quiet spot for a picnic or a grassy area to run around and play games, then this is the place for you.
There's a gentle trail around the lochan too.
The Lochan na Dunaich Trail is closed due to tree felling works from the begining of April to mid June. Please avoid this area and follow all safety signage. An alternative trail during this period is Phemie's Walk in Strontian.
A short wander through the open oakwoods to brooding Lochan na Dunaich, said to be haunted by a kelpie (or water spirit).
Firm but uneven gravel surface throughout. Generally flat with some short moderate slopes. Includes sections of wooden boardwalk.
Allow ¼ hour
The lochan here is particularly lovely in summer, when the water lilies are in bloom and dragonflies and mayflies dance across the surface. Its placid appearance belies its name – Lochan na Dunaich translates from the Gaelic as the 'little loch of sadness'. Legend says that a kelpie, a mythical white waterhorse, would lure children into the lochan’s dark waters, never to be seen again.
Acharacle has public toilets, shops and refreshments.
We want all our visitors to have a safe and enjoyable time at our forests. If you plan on venturing into the water here, please read our safety advice first.
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.
From Strontian, take the A816 west for about 9 miles (14.5 km). Lochan na Dunaich car park is on the right hand side. If you reach the junction with the B8007 to Salen, you've gone about 250 yards too far!
PH36 4JN is the nearest postcode.
There are buses from Fort William to Kilchoan via Strontian every day except Sunday. Find timetables at Traveline Scotland.
Ancient woodland leads to a peaceful natural harbour
A peaceful picnic site with intriguing Viking history