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Sàilean nan Cuileag

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  • This destination contains areas of open water which can be hazardous if you are not suitably prepared. Follow our water safety advice and take care.

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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

Walking

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.

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½ miles / 0.7 km

Allow
¼ hour

Facilities and access

Walking
Walking
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Parking
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Picnic area
Picnic area

Find a refreshment

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

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 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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