The Local Area & Activities
Shieldaig facilities include:
- All weather sports court. This can be hired by the hour residents & non-residents alike.
- A separate football pitch.
- Various rocky beaches & secluded spots. Local walks and activities.
- Campsite and conveniences.
- Shop offering key essentials (open 7 days a week).
- Village Bar and Coastal Restaurant (often has live music at weekends).
- “Nanny's” bisto/café selling light lunch, home-made baking and local crafts.
- Weekly mobile butcher selling local meat.
- Mobile bank visits the village on a weekly basis.
Nanny's shop is a true gem and highly recommended for an ethical cuppa and home baking, soup or locally produced oak smoked salmon. Nanny's stock locally produced arts, crafts and fair trade products to buy.
Loch Torridon Smokehouse
The salmon are reared in the beautiful lochs off the North West Highlands of Scotland, and are of the highest quality. The fish are hand-filleted, then brined or dry-cured before being slowly smoked in locally produced oak sawdust. The smoked salmon can be bought as a side of salmon at “Rosebank” House, or in the shop.
A family run business set up by local fisherman, Kenny Livingston, where you will experience the breathtaking beauty and spectacular coastline of Loch Torridon and the Hebridean Isle of Rona aboard the impressive, newly built Seaflower. Daily departures from outside Nanny's shop.
Next to the Loch Torridon Hotel is an activity centre which holds organised activities such as clay pigeon shooting, climbing and abseiling, kayaking, gorge scrambling, guided walks, mountain biking and bike hire, family activity, archery.
The road from Shieldaig takes you over the highest mountain passes in Britain (Balaech-Na-Bar), onto the Applecross peninsular - one of the most remote places in Western Europe, which has stunning views over to Raasay, Rona and Skye (and some great beaches). Applecross Bar offers award winning freshly prepared home cooking.
Some examples of local walks are:
Talking trails, Beinn Eighe - A short, attractive walk in the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve with several sculptures and fine views of the surrounding mountains. A unique feature is the several poetry points, where poems about the landscape can be heard in both Gaelic and English by turning a wheel.
Woodland trail, Ben Eighe - The Woodland Trail gives an excellent chance to enjoy the magnificent Caledonian pinewoods that led Beinn Eighe to be designated as Britain's first National Nature Reserve.
Diabaig to Craig - This is the first part of the wild walk along the coast from Diabaig to Red Point (at the end of a minor road from Gairloch). Times are given for the return walk to Craig from Diabaig.
Shieldaig Peninsula - Beautiful short walk onto the northerly peninsula by Shieldaig, one of the most picturesque villages in the Highlands. There are many lovely spots to admire the shoreline and look for otters and herons.
Loch Cuilin and Loch Clair - A lovely, almost flat circuit of Loch Coulin with impressive views of Beinn Eighe and Liathach across the water. The route takes in the minor road along Loch Clair with lots of peaceful viewpoints and bird watching opportunities. For the energetic the route makes a great run through varied scenery.
Diabeg to Inveralligan - A challenging coastal walk between two picturesque settlements.
Beinn Damh - Straightforward and popular route to this Corbett with fine views over Torridon, the length of Loch Damh and the islands.
“Campbell House” has books and leaflets with local walks or, alternatively, you can contact Jim Sutherland who lives in the village and is an experienced walker. Please contact him on 01520 755 358.
Torridon. Where the famous Torridon mountains can be found. A small village with a Loch Torridon Hotel and bar for afternoon tea of bar meals.
Lochcarron. Has several places to eat and a very well stocked Spar shop. Petrol is also available here. There is a 9-hole golf course in a superb loch side location. Strathcarron train station is the other side of the village. For railway enthusiasts, this is the famous Kyle Line which featured as one of Michael Palin’s “Great Railway Journeys of the World”.
Plockton. For Hamish McBeth fans, the programme was filmed here! With several eating places and small craft shops, this is a beautiful place to spend the day. Sea tours take you in to the bay seal and bird spotting.
Kyle of Lochalsh do so en route to or from Skye. Cross the bridge to Skye from here.
Isle of Skye – The world famous Island where the stark rise of the jagged Cuillin ridge drops to the gentle white of a soft sand beach. Tiny villages and historic keeps are familiar and fascinating.
Alligan and Diabeg and Gairloch are all small villages based around a harbour. With plenty of cafes and restaurants, pony trekking, water based activities and boat trips.