The Arisaig Hotel is an old coaching inn, built in around 1720. Situated in the village on the edge of Loch na Ceall, it looks out over the bay across the water to the islands of Eigg and Rum. The Arisaig Hotel has 13 bedrooms, all with en suite facilities and most with sea views. Seven double, three twin, one single and two family rooms are available. You can either eat in The Crofter's Bar, a comfortable Lounge Bar or in the dining rooms at weekends. The Crofter's Bar has a pool table and hosts live music some weekends and is home to a lively social scene.
A short walk to the fantastic silver sands on Bourblach beach in Morar Bay between Arisaig and Mallaig. The beach is the real star of this walk. The beach is particularly lovely at low tide, with its rocky outcrops, surrounded by low, undulating heather-clad hills.
Look out for ravens on the high hills, rock pipits on the rocky outcrops on the beach, and wading birds, such as curlew, oystercatchers and shelduck at low tide. There are also good views of Morar on your return journey.
1. Park by the roadside near the private road/track to Bourblach off the A830 between Arisaig and Morar. Take the track by the side of the houses and follow the signpost directed to the beach across a wooden bridge over a small stream by a cottage. Head up hill over rough pasture and heath to the way marker post and then onto the white painted house, Bourblach House. Walk by the boundary fence line in front of the house to the gate in the corner of the field. Continue over the hill and descend straightaway to the silvery sandy beach or veer right at the top of the beach along a rock strewn path to the far side.
Explore the beach at leisure with its interesting geology and abundance of fanworms and other worm casts at low tide . You can also continue along the path to another more secluded inlet.
2. Return by the same route.
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