THE AREA

Strontian
Strontian village is spread out over a wide area, but has a small population of only a few hundred people. Lea Cottage is near the heart of the village, and is in easy walking distance of many of its amenities. There is a very well stocked mini market, a Post Office, a pottery, art galleries, Oakwood and a community run craft shop with tourist information.
Walks
There are many short walks round the area on well designated footpaths, and also numerous hills and mountains over which you can roam. There are several Corbetts (2500 - 3000ft) mountains close by, especially Ben Resipole which can be seen from Lea Cottage. This is a fairly isolated peak, so on a clear day the views from the top are quite staggering. We are pleased to advise on many walks, and we have drying facilities should you get caught in a shower. If you want to do a ‘one-way’ walk, we would be pleased to drive you to the start, or collect you from the end, subject to availability. There would be a small charge. If you prefer two wheels, Sunart Cycles with cycles to hire is based next door. The area is also good for fishing, and permits can be bought at Oakwood.
Day Trips and Places to Visit
Strontian is a wonderful centre from which to explore this part of Scotland. The beautiful Sunart Oak Woods stretch down the considerable length of Loch Sunart, and are a haven for nature lovers and birdwatchers. Seals, otters, eagles, herons are the most regularly spotted wild life in the area. We have had herons and buzzards in our garden, as well as innumerable species of birds. There is a loch side hide a few miles from Strontian, and the Ardnamurchan Wildlife Centre further along. There are two small distilleries within easy distance of Lea Cottage, Ardnamurchan Distillery and Nc'nean Distillery.

The peninsula leads out to Ardnamurchan point, the most westerly point of the British mainland, where there is a Stephenson lighthouse, and Sanna Bay, one of many stunning beaches in the area. There are whale watching trips, and trips to the Treshnish Isles and Staffa to see puffins, guillemots and thousands of other birds, according to season.

From Strontian you are ideally placed to have a day trip to Mull, or in the other direction to Mallaig and out to the Small Isles. Fort William is also nearby, from where you can ride the Jacobite Steam Train to Mallaig, or the Gondola to the skiing and mountain biking courses of Aonach Moor, or, of course, to climb Ben Nevis.