- Most westerly point on the British mainlaid
- Spectacular sea views
- Haven for wildlife watching, dolphin and whale spotting
- Historically important and unique Alan Stevenson build
- Hike & explore this remote, unspoilt, unique area
Keepers Cottage West is located at the most westerly point of mainland Britain and is nestled right underneath the majestic Ardnamurchan Lighthouse. Built in 1849 out of granite from the Isle of Mull, the lighthouse was designed by Alan Stevenson, uncle of Robert Louis Stevenson and towers majestically 55 metres above the sea.
With a lovely cafe and gift shop (Open easter - Oct) close by and the opportunity to spot minke whales, dolphins and basking sharks in the seas below, Keeper Cottage West provides a spectacular and unique experience for those who like to stay somewhere a little bit out of the ordinary! With breath-taking, panoramic sea views and beautiful sunsets, the location of this cottage is hard to beat. Encompassing entrances to both the lighthouse and the two Keepers Cottages, is a cobbled courtyard. The well-furnished cottage can be enjoyed in every season, on the clear days when panoramic views extend out in every direction and the exhilarating, wild, stormy evenings when the heating ensures a cosy stay. Tickets to enter the tower can be purchased from the cafe on site.(April-Oct).
Please note - The lighthouse has a private water supply which is tested annually. It can be brown in colour but is fit for consumption. If you do not like the idea of this then you will need to bring your own drinking water.
How to get there
Directions from the South from A82 at Crainlarich continue through Glencoe. 3 km after you have crossed over the Ballachulish Bridge, turn left and take the Corran Ferry (check timetable) across Loch Linnhe. From the Corran Ferry turn left on disembarking then stay on the A861. Turn left at Salen onto the B8007 and follow the road to . If you are unable to cross via the Corran Ferry, continue north on the A82 to Fort William then follow the directions below.
Directions from the North Follow directions for Fort William take the A830 out of Fort William towards Mallaig. Turn left at Lochailort onto the A861 and follow the road to Salen. Turn right at Salen onto B8007 and follow road to .
Single-track road use the passing places (they are indicated with signs) to permit oncoming traffic to proceed and allow traffic behind you to overtake. Always stay on the left-hand side of the road when using passing places. If the car behind you is travelling faster than you or behind you for a while, please pull in to allow it to overtake.Always be aware that the car behind could contain a doctor or a member of one of the emergency services. Never park in passing places (however beautiful the view might be!), they are not viewpoints. Allow yourself plenty of time, 50 km can take 11/2 hours to drive, it is best to take your time and enjoy the experience.
Keeper’s Cottage Directions -
Drive through until you come to a road on the right signposted Ardnamurchan Lighthouse, Portuairk and Sanna.
Take this road and follow signs for Ardnamurchan Lighthouse and Portuairk. The turning for the lighthouse is one mile past
the Community Garden. On arrival at the lighthouse keep left and park next to the cottage. Please do not drive your vehicle
into the inner courtyard. Parking for 2 cars.
About the area
At the end of the rugged Ardnamurchan peninsula, at the most westerly point in Scotland, proudly sits Ardnamurchan lighthouse and the Keeper's cottage. From this rugged outcrop you can enjoy spectacular views of Mull, the small isles and miles of untouched white sandy beachs all the way up to the isle of Skye.
Ardnamurchan is a place rich in history with many castles and historical sites to visit. The adventurous types can enjoy cycling, hiking, fishing and kayaking. For the wildlife lover why not spot an otter in the bay or look out for the elusive scottish wildcat in the woodland. From the lighthouse look out for dolphins, whales and basking sharks. Time to relax? Head to one of our many secluded beaches, head to Ardnamurchan or Tobermory distillery for a dram, or have a hunt in the craft shops and art galleries.
Just 35 minutes on the ferry and you'll arrive in Tobermory, a picturesque fishing town famed for it's coloured houses and excellent seafood.
John & I have lived in Ardnamurchan for the last 37 years, so know the area really well. We can help you plan your holiday.
10 Reviews - Ardnamurchan Lighthouse
George R - Scotland
Stunning area to visit. If you want away from it all this is the place but what you have to understand is that its an old building and was abandoned for a few years before being put into use again.
Downside is the security of the building having read some of the comments left by previous visitors the windows in the bathroom and the kitchen cant be locked unless you jam something into the sides. I managed to open the windows from outside with no effort .a bit worrying considering we had been out all day leaving some valuables lying around and these windows had been reported over 2 years ago. Place was clean everything you need for cooking etc but on arrival there was no milk etc. Might seem petty but when you've driven for 5 hours and there's no shops or even a hint that you might need to buy some on way. Had a problem with power going off but it seems you cant have the booster for hot water and anything else on at the same time took 2 hours to get a reply from anyone and it turned out he couldn't help anyway.
Roads are twisty but I expected that but overall I would go back some lovely scenery and the beaches nearby were stunning. was dry but windy but we managed to see a clear sky and all that goes with that.
Fishie - Scotland
Stunning location with amazing views. Small cafe on site. Drive there can be 'interesting'...
Andrew N - Scotland
Fantastic remote self catering
Great location. Lighthouse tours And cafe on site - apart from that only great beaches and walks for miles. Sanna spice a must and remember to have plenty of cash - no ATM close.
Jules S - Ireland
Fantastic Location pity about the promises!We arrived at the lighthouse and were delighted. What a spectacular place to stand and look out over the ocean or go exploring. The Keepers Cottage was ready for us when we arrived with the key on the door, bed dressed and heating on - Lovely. As it was late when we got in we turned the tv on ... no such luck - there was no signal being received. We went to look out the windows only to be very dissapointed - we couldn't see out for the dirt both inside and out - that then gave myself and the husband a job since there was no tv to watch! First thing the following morning (around 5am) it didnt get much better - the previous tenant left garbage bagged outside the back door only for animals to rip the bag apart and garbage strewn all over the courtyard - yuck ...another great job for us to deal with. We tried to call into Jacqui but she was away and the other rep wasnt available either when we called to the office. failing this i sent an email explaining the issues. Two days later i received an email reply from Jacqui apologising and promising to speak to the manager of the property and that she would get back to me in a couple of days time. well that was ten days ago and guess what - i still have heard nothing at all. The keepers cottage has areas of mould and is in need of paint and re-plastering - it was expected to be aged but i was a little dissapointed that some things were just left and expected that the paying guests would be ok with it. I think who ever is looking after the cottage needs to do a bit more work around the place before taking any one elses money and stop making promises that they cant keep. Its a beautiful location with loads to see and do - just a pity about the rest! ( I delayed writing this review with the hope that Jacqui would get back to me )
Kevin C - England
We enjoyed a week at Ardnamurchan lighthouse in August as part of a trip through the Northern part of the UK and Scotland.
The location is simply breathtaking and sitting beneath the fog horn ( not working!) looking out to see at sunset was one of the highlights of our whole trip.
The accommodation is quite basic but adequate although the bunk beds could be a little more comfortable as could the bedding but this aside we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
Trips to Sanna Beach and Mull were highlights.