Cared for by the National Trust for Scotland. If ever there was an area of land to entice people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the outdoors, it’s Balmacara. Explore this stunning estate on the Lochalsh peninsula and enjoy fantastic views, charming villages and beautiful coastal walks through native woodland.
This traditional Highland crofting cultural landscape encompasses crofts, farmland, woodland, moorland, villages, coastline, saltmarsh, lochs and islands. It is packed with fascinating archaeological and historic features, including two Scheduled Ancient Monuments – the open-air church at Plockton village and the crannog on Loch Achaidh na h-Inich.
Coastal walks round shingle and coral beaches give spectacular views of Skye and Applecross. There are miles of trails to choose from, joining the dots between sheltered bays and secret woodlands, onto open moors and the pretty crofting villages of Drumbuie, Duirinish and Plockton. The estate’s semi-natural woodland is a valuable part of Scotland’s natural heritage and there are several Sites of Special Scientific Interest and Special Areas for Conservation.
Even the estate’s woodland is a valuable part of Scotland’s natural heritage – a section of the Coille Mhór oak and birch wood is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area for Conservation. The Lochalsh Woodland Walk is an attractively designed landscape open to the public throughout the year and is home to an impressive nine species of dragonfly.
For a chance to see seals, otters, seabirds and perhaps whales and dolphins, boat trips are available from Kyle of Lochalsh and Plockton.