A trip to the coast

The weather was a little bit grim today so we decided to relax a bit and drive west from Fort William to Lochailort and Glenuig on the coast (about 30 miles along the “Road to the Isles”: A830). Very optimistically we took our SLR cameras in a vain hope of capturing some scenic shots of the Islands of Eigg, Rum and Skye, which look really stunning from this part of the west coast. As it turns out the cloud level was low with sleet being blown in a moderate wind.

So at around 12:15 we found ourselves parked outside the Glenuig Inn, which looks out on the Sound of Arisaig. We’ve been to the Glenuig Inn a couple of times many years ago and it was a typical west coast of Scotland hostelry. However, about two years ago a chap from Suffolk called Steve took over the Inn and has transformed it into functional and modern establishment – and Elaine and I both agreed that the results looked really first class.

What was particularly impressive has been the way that Steve has focused on maximizing the green credentials of the refurbishment and the subsequent energy efficiency of the “operation” of the Inn. He has adopted some state-of-the-art technologies to achieve these results, including solar and log-burning heat exchangers, dimmable LED lighting and an exterior cladding for the whole building that looks very much on keeping with other properties in the area.

After having initially popped into the Glenuig Inn for a quick coffee, we ended up spending three hours there chatting to Steve and tucking into a delicious bowl of chowder. Why not have a look at the Glenuig Inn website, which hosts some lovely photos of the surrounding area.

About Cameron Speirs

Born and brought up in the Scottish Highlands, Cameron, has been interested in outdoor pursuits since he was a wee lad. Over the last few decades he has climbed extensively in the Italian Dolomites as well as summiting the Matterhorn and several other 4000m alpine peaks. Closer to home he has spent many wonderful weekends mountaineering and biking in Snowdonia, Cairngorms, Glen Coe, Skye and Lochaber.
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1 Response to A trip to the coast

  1. Karl Bungey says:

    “The weather was a little bit grim today”

    Surely an understatement!

    Or do you mean the snow stopped and it rained a bit?

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