Where the West Coast and Highlands meet
Duirinish Lodge is situated on a hill, just a few miles out of the renowned village of Plockton, on the West Coast of Scotland. The Lodge is located at the far edge of the North West Highlands, the perfect location between mountains and sea and about 75 miles from Inverness Airport.
The Lodge looks out towards the Isle of Skye, the Isle of Raasay, the Bealach na Ba pass towards Applecross Peninsula and Torridon beyond. The proximity to these other stunning Scottish destinations make it an ideal base from which to explore this part of the Highlands & Islands of Scotland.
Just a couple of miles away, the village of Plockton offers local pubs, restaurants (who serve locally caught seafood) and shops. There are also regular live music events in the village. Plockton also provides a base for outdoor activities: you could take a wildlife boat trip, go sailing or explore the area in a kayak.
The nearby Balmacara Estate, owned and managed by the National Trust for Scotland, is a beautiful traditional crofting estate and offers a further 17 miles of woodland walks, if you are feeling energetic.
A few miles east, on the A87, you will find the iconic Eilean Donan Castle, a must-visit on any trip to Scotland. Just a few miles further, you can explore the area on horseback with pony trekking around Glen Shiel, an ideal way to take in your surroundings. You can also hop on a ferry from Glenelg to go over the sea to Skye, using the last turntable ferry in Scotland.
Skye is a must visit island. Rugged and beautiful, it offers something for everyone and is just a short drive across the bridge from Duirinish Lodge. You could visit the castle and gardens at Armadale and Dunvegan, take in the beautiful coastline and vistas, book a guide and go hiking or climbing on the Cuillin Ridge, have lunch or dinner at some of the famous restaurants on the island including Kinloch Lodge, Loch Bay and Three Chimneys, or visit the Talisker whisky distillery, sampling the local tipple.
Back on the mainland, the stunning beaches of the Applecross Peninsula beckon: truly spectacular with endless white sand and sweeping views. Further south, towards Mallaig, Arisaig host their Highland Games every summer, an opportunity to enjoy some of the traditions of Scotland. July & August are Highland Games season, with Scottish dancing displays, pipe bands, and strong man competitions including the famous tossing of the caber.