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Most of our visitor centres, car parks and mountain bike trails are now open. Check what’s open near you before you travel and enjoy your visit safely.

Sàilean nan Cuileag

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Sàilean nan Cuileag 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.

Ancient woodland leads to a peaceful natural harbour

For centuries people have used the safe natural harbour at Sàilean nan Cuileag (The Bay of the Flies), including Viking warriors, who wintered their boats here at one time. Wander down to the water's edge to enjoy the view – you might spot seals and seabirds.

Sàilean nan Cuileag is one of Sunart’s many patches of Atlantic oakwood – a rich, beautiful environment that once stretched along the coast between Norway and Spain. The damp, clean air makes them wonderful places for plants like mosses and lichens, and there is scattered evidence of the thriving community that once worked in the woods to make charcoal and cut timber. In the past, many of the woods had been planted with non-native conifers, but recent work is restoring the unique oakwood habitat.

Walking trails


Sàilean nan Cuileag

Wind down through the Atlantic oakwoods and mossy boulders to the atmospheric lochside bay. The salt marsh here on the edge of Loch Sunart supports many unusual wild flowers.

A steep and narrow path with a rough and rocky surface, with some steep steps. Can be muddy after rain.

½ miles / 0.7 km

¼ hour

Facilities & access

Picnic area
Picnic area

Find a refreshment

You'll find public toilets, refreshments and shops at nearby Salen.

Getting here

From Strontian, take the A816 west for about 8 miles (13 km). Sàilean nan Cuileag car park is on the left.

Using SatNav?

PH36 4JN is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

There are buses from Fort William to Kilchoan via Salen every day except Sunday. Find details at Traveline Scotland.

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0300 067 6650 (option 1)
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