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Inverness-shire Gazetteer

One of the first things the chap that showed us round our holiday cottage did was to explain how to turn the central heating on. To us effete southerners this seemed strange, given it was the middle of August. We quickly learnt the error of our ways.

However, if you can put up with the cold and the midges, the warm welcome, the red deer and, most of all, the magnificent scenery make this a worthwhile holiday destination.

Camusdarach

Location

Inverness Map

OS Ref: NM 660 918

Last Visited: 2000

Camusdarach

Camusdarach

With its long golden sandy beach, clear blue sea and wonderful views over the Inner Hebrides, Camusdarach has all the ingredient for a great day out on the beach except one; it would be nice if you could at least take your coat off.

Anyone seeking to capitalise on of global warming should seriously consider investing in land hereabouts; it could be the next St Tropez.

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Kentra Bay

Location

Inverness Map

OS Ref: NM 634 701

Last Visited: 2000

Kentra Bay

Kentra Bay

Kentra Bay

Kentra Bay

There is only one word to describe Kentra Bay "remote", which is going to make filling the rest of this space tricky.

"Remote and beautiful", although you can pretty much take that for granted around here.

"Remote, beautiful and close to Castle Tioram which is quite interesting." I think thatʼs about it.

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Loch Leven

Location

Inverness Map

OS Ref: NN 175 619

Last Visited: 2000

Kinlochleven was looking very sorry for itself when I visited in 2000. Not only had the opening of the Ballachulish Bridge in 1975 removed nearly all the passing trade from the town, the closure of its raison dʼetre, the Aluminium works, in June 2000 had left the place completely devastated. Since then there have been concerted efforts to revive the place and market it as The Outdoor Capital of the UK.

It was surprising, therefore, that so little was made of the local waterfall, the Gray Mares Tale. There were various paths up through the woods, but finding a vantage point where you can see the falls was not easy. Perhaps things have changed now that tourism has become the townʼs only hope.

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Nevis Range

Location

Inverness Map

OS Ref: NN 172 774

Last Visited: 2000

View over Fort William

View over Fort William

There are magnificent views over Fort William from the restaurant at the top of the Nevis Range gondola cableway. On a clear day there should also be a good view of the top of Ben Nevis. If you ever get a clear day that is.

Its main claim to fame however came in 2006 when it was the site of the only gondola cable car accident in the UK which, given that there are so few in the country, is not much of an achievement.

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Samalaman

Location

Inverness Map

OS Ref: NM 663 778

Last Visited: 2000

Samalaman

Samalaman

Samalaman is known as a nice spot for a picnic, and rightly so.

There is also a walk from here along the coast to the west and back via the road, although I did not get that far.

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