Acharacle is a small village on the banks of a shimmering loch, in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. It lies at the inland end of the craggy Ardnamurchan Peninsula, in the county of Argyll’s Lochaber region. From Acharacle holiday cottages, it is always worth keeping your eye out for the majestic golden eagle soaring high above the mountains, moors and lochs. This peaceful community is little more than a scattering of historic homes along the western bank of Loch Shiel. There is a small grocery and post office, a bakery and an excellent fish and chip takeaway. Near the loch’s southern tip, the Loch Shiel Hotel has a cosy public bar where a dram of local whisky can be enjoyed, and a renowned restaurant serving delicious locally sourced fish and meat. The hotel also offers boat hire if you fancy exploring Loch Shiel. Acharacle is a short drive from Dorlin Beach and the ruins of Castle Tioram.

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From your Acharacle holiday cottage, the Ardnamurchan Peninsula stretches westward into the ocean with glorious beaches and calm, azure waters. There are few better places to experience the tranquility and awe-inspiring beauty of the Scottish Highlands. This sparsely populated area is home to an abundance of wildlife, including pine martens, dolphins, sea eagles and the elusive Scottish wildcat. The peninsula is scattered with historic landmarks such as Ardnamurchan Lighthouse, at Britain’s most westerly point. The Silver Sands of Morar, where the film Local Hero was filmed, are not to be missed. Nearby, Kilchoan is a lovely village where the 13th century ruins of Mingarry Castle perch on a rocky ridge overlooking the sea. The Isle of Mull, Mallaig, Ben Nevis and Fort William are all close enough to the village for day trips. Self-catering holidays in Acharacle are a great opportunity to enjoy traditional Highland events, such as the Fort William Mountain Festival, the Loch Shiel Spring Festival and the Ben Nevis Race.