UPDATE INFORMATION ON THE AREA
Shops are often changing hands ands new activities come and go. This page contains information based mainly on our last few visits.
The Public Library has a computer with full email and web access available in half hour slots for free - booking is essential. Normal weekday hours are 9.00-12.30 and 1.30 - 5.00; Tuesay: 1.30 - 3.00 and 4.00 - 8.00. Not open Saturdays and Sundays.
Sheila's cafe in Balmacara Square is now Beth's Cafe, doing a great range of light snacks. Open evey date but Sundays from 10.00 to 5.00.
Glenelg Village Hall now serves very good coffee and a range of snacks. Open 10.00 till around 3.30, April to October, not Sundays.
The Wagon (quirky eating place number 2) is open April to October but not Saturdays.
Eileen Donan Castle
has opened up many rooms hitherto closed, and has a remarkable set of audio visual displays about the history of the castle. We never have recommended it before - now we do; and we believe it is good value for money.
As beautiful as ever, but the forstry has denuded the surrounding hills and enlarged and extended its roads within the forest. It is possible to get a car which is high above the ground nearly to Sandaig. The route is the same; the tracks are now roads, which is a bit bewildering. The old (and not recommended) route by the burn is definitely not recommended.
Balmacara Woodland Wallk
remains, but cuts in staff mean that the gardens are not kept as they used to be.
One day when in Inverness we visited the new National Trust for Scotland's Culloden Centre. It is awesome - the displays and details are stunning. Well worth a visit if you have to kill time in Inverness.
Both the NTS estates of Balmacara and Kintail
have a summer events programme, including shorter and longer walks and it is well worth seeing what is on during your stay.
On a trip taking in Loch Carron, we found the old Smithy Heritage Centre (on the outskirts of Loch Caroon, soon after the road junction to Auchnashee/LochCarron) extended to include a tree house (used for ceilidhs among other things) and a new Craft Corner bulidng with a huge range of material etc and craft sessions. See www.kikiscraftcorner.co.uk.