Things to do whilst staying at Craigiewood
We are fortunate to live on a peninsula sandwiched between Munlochy Bay and the waters of the Inner Moray Firth. Most of this penninsula is only accessible to walkers.
You can enjoy walks in outstanding countryside lasting from half an hour to a whole day.
Below is a map of the area around Craigiewood, with known pathways marked. This gives some idea of the terrain and wild-life habitats.
Craigiewood is superbly positioned for touring the Northern Highlands in your car. There are a number of circular routes which take you to all parts of the compass and which can be completed, easily, in a day. Routes for these tours are below and you can click on the icons for places of interest, food stops etc etc
West Coast Car Tours
The total distance for the shortest route is 157 miles, all of it on good dual track roads except for a four mile stretch of single track, with passing places.
The longer route, marked on the map, adds a further 52 miles many of which are on single track roads.
The route is marked in blue on the map below. Together with some clickable markers, green for natural features, blue for man made features and red for places you might like to eat or take refreshment.
At higher zoom levels you will see that the blue line does not follow the roads exactly – it is an indicator only.
The best way to use the map is to drag the starting point to the centre of the map, zoom in until you can see some detail and then drag your way along the route, clicking markers if you wish.
As mentioned before, this route is principally a scenic one. You cannot hope to visit all the points of interest in a single day and do them justice. There are links to some of the attractions which will help you make up your mind where to linger and what to pass by. You are recommended to use the Terrain mode when browsing the map. This gives a better idea of the type of country you will be travelling through.
North West Car Tour
The map below Shows the route of a car-tour to the north west of Craigiewood. It takes in north west Ross-shire and part of west Sutherland. The route as shown is 135 miles long and is mostly on good roads, if a little twisty in parts.
The route will take you to the wilds of west Sutherland, some of the remotest country in Europe.
To fully appreciate this country, a detour to Achiltibuie and/or to Lochinver is recommended. However, some of the roads in this remote area are tortuous and narrow and will take time to negotiate. You must be the judge of where you choose to go.
Some points of interest and utility have been indicated and more will be added in future. There is much to engage the naturalist and geologist. The whole of the area between Durness and Achiltibuie has recently been designated a UNESCO Geopark which is an indication of its world-wide significance.
You may note that there are few markers for “Fine Views”. The whole journey is scenically attractive and you will find this category, easily, on your own!
You are recommended to use the Terrain mode on the map. This gives a better idea of the kind of country you will be travelling in.
South West Car Tours
This circular route, of 160 miles, will take you to southwest Inverness-shire and Ross-shire where you will find spectacular scenery, history and natural history at its best. Loch Ness, Loch Duich, The Five Sisters of Kintail are amongst its scenic attractions.You will see historic Eilean Donan and Urquart Castles and pass near hiding places of Bonnie Prince Charlie. The attractive fishing village of Plockton is only just off the main route as is Kyle of Lochalsh, the sight of the bridge to the Isle of Skye.
North Coast 500
Craigiewood is also ideally situated to begin or end a circuit of the North Coast 500 (NC 500). An iconic route around the north coast of Scotland and one of the top 5 coastal routes in the world. Do have a look at their excellent website for further information.