Geographical location

Ardnamurchan ( Scottish Gaelic: Aird nam Murchan ) is a peninsula in western Scotland. On it is the westernmost point of mainland Britain, on 6 ° 16 ' west longitude in Corrachadh Mòr. The Ardnamurchan Lighthouse near the point of Ardnamurchan is located about one kilometer north. The area is touristy, also for Scottish conditions, little developed; the landscape is dominated by boulder fields and dense forests. A quirky uniqueness are the so -called " Singing Sands " in the Kentra Bay, which is said to give whining noises when entering. Kentra Bay also marks the transition to the Moidart peninsula. Most important settlement is Strontian, after which the metal strontium was named that has been mined here. Attractions near the Point of Ardnamurchan are the Mingary Castle in Kilchoan, owned by the clans of the MacDonalds, the only accessible at low tide Tioram Castle and the legendary Loch Sunart.


The origin of the name is disputed Ardnamurchan. Two meanings appear most likely. One interpretation refers to the Scottish Gaelic words Airde, German: location or height, and Muirchu, German: place of seals and otters. The other possible explanation relates to the word Muirchol (col: vulgarity ) and in a figurative sense " place of pirates ."