Plockton and KylePlockton
In a sheltered Bay of Loch Carron on the North-western coastline stands the delightful village of Plockton. It is now a haven for artists and those seeking a romantic hideaway. The village is situated about 6 miles from Kyle of Lochalse and is the last stop before Kyle on the amazing railway line that crosses the grouse moors from Inverness. The train journey itself is a major highlight since the scenery that you gently pass through is breathtaking. Kyle itself is really just a railhead and used to be the main ferry port to Skye before the construction of the spectacular Skye Bridge.
Private House Stays gives Ancient Castles around Plockton and Kyle special prominence because of the wonderful Eilean Donan Castle. This is perhaps the most iconic image used about Scotland across the world and in the summer is generally mobbed by tourists. There are also two other castles in the area: The Bernera Barracks and the ruined Strome Castle.
A few miles inland from Kyle is one of the most celebrated hill walking routes in Scotland. It is called the Five sisters of Kintail and includes three munros (i.e peaks over 3000 foot). It is a ridge walk with magnificent views and you are recommended to start from a layby car park on the A87 a few miles south-east of Shiel bridge located as the gap between two sections of forest. The full walk is advertised as 9.5 miles and recommended to take between 8 to 10 hours.
There is a significantly beautiful estate between Kyle and Plockton called Balmacara which has a lovely woodland garden and walks under the name of Lochalsh Walks. Strome Wood is also a noted beauty spot and Glenelg Brochs an interesting heritage site. The other recommended tourist attraction is the Sea Probe Atlantis Glass Bottom Boat Trips that operate out of Kyle harbour.