The area around Duncraig is stunning, with some really beautiful walks and views. Plockton is the nearest village to Duncraig Square - just a couple of miles away by road or just over a mile by footpath.
In his book (first published in 1988) about his travels around Scotland, Alfred Wainwright says of Plockton: "Dear Plockton! Throughout the 1970s, this delightful village was the priority holiday venue of my wife and myself, a kind friend providing her cottage for our annual visits: always we arrived in eager anticipation and departed with reluctance."
We are sure that if Wainwight were alive today he would still find Plockton as delightful now as he did then. Since then Plockton has had many visitors, not least TV and film crews. Various scenes in the 1973 cult horror film The Wicker Man were filmed in the village as were some for the BBCs 1990s series The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries. Another BBC series, Hamish Macbeth, about a local policeman, was also set in Plockton, although in the series the village was known as Lochdubh.
Coral Beach is a beautiful little cove just behind Plockton. And, yes, the beach is made up of small pieces of coral.
The images below give some idea as to how beautiful this village and its surroundings are.
* Wainwright in Scotland - published by Michael Joseph Ltd and BBC Books (1988).
The village of Lochcarron, on the north shore of Lochcarron has a hotel/pub that serves real ale and good food, an excelent bistro, a café, a well stocked Spar shop and an excellent butcher (try their lamb or venison - excellent locally sourced meats). Just outside the village is Lochcarron Weavers and Tea Shop and the ruins of Strome Castle.
Continuing on from Lochcarron, via Kishorn, the village of Applecross is reached by going over the Bealach na Bá - a pass that rises over 2000ft (the greatest ascent of any road climb in the UK). Sheildaig and Loch Torridon are a few miles further up the coast.
Although on the mainlamd, Glenelg can be reached via Skye and the Glenelg Ferry, making the journey there quite stunning - including a stunning view of Loch Duich. The Brochs were built centuries ago by the Picts and the two at Glenelg are fine examples.
Eilean Donan Castle is an iconic landmark in this part of Scotland.
The Isle of Skye is worthy of its own section. The bridge to Skye, at Kyle of Lochalsh, is around 7 miles from Duncraig and the island itself is around 70 miles from end to end. Here are just a few views of this fascinating and beautiful island.
Just between Skye and the mainland is the island of Raasay and is well worth a day-trip.
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