Cared for by the National Trust for Scotland. A real hidden gem is waiting at Balmacara Estate, 2500 hectares of the Lochalsh peninsula where you can experience traditional Highland crofting in action.
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Crofting is a small-scale and low-intensity form of agriculture that has great environmental benefits, as well as being the defining social system of Highland communities.
Crofting has shaped the spectacular and unique landscape of Balmacara since the days when the clans ruled the Highlands. See the flower rich meadows of Duirinish and Kirkton, the enchanting oaks and birch woodlands of the Celtic rainforest at Coille Mhòr, the crannog on the dragonfly laden Loch Achaidh na h-Inich, Murchisons Monument and the planned village of Plockton, the past and present of crofting are all around.
A number of parking areas provide access to 17 miles of paths that weave through the rich and varied native wildlife and plants. The two visitor centres in Balmacara Square and Plockton (seasonal opening) offer an ideal starting point to find out more information about the estate, Balmacara Square is also home to The Steadings Gallery, which hosts exhibitions from both local and national artists throughout the year.
Ancient roundhouses, historic monuments, coral beaches, windswept moorlands and more await the adventurous explorer at Balmacara Estate. The Ranger service at the estate offers seasonal family activities that coincide with the school holidays and also provide bespoke guided walks and activities for small to medium sized groups throughout the year, contact the estate office for more details.