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COVID-19 and Forestry and Land Scotland

FLS has reduced its operations to felling that is contributing to essential business requirements to help keep Scotland ticking over. Our staff are working from home where possible; staff who are working continue to practise social distancing rigorously following Government and NHS guidance to keep safe.

Fresh air and being outdoors benefits physical and mental health and well-being, and for local visitors the majority of walking trails on Scotland’s national forests and land remain open. Be aware that staff cannot maintain our standard checks and maintenance. All our mountain biking trails and all car parks are closed.

All visitors are reminded to maintain social distance at all times.

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Sàilean nan Cuileag

Where we are

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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