About Lochcarron

Information for visitors to Lochcarron including a Google Map

Nestling at the head of a deep sea loch, between the spectacular Torridon and Kintail mountain ranges, Lochcarron is an excellent centre from which to explore some of the most beautiful and romantic scenery in the Highlands of Scotland.

Lochcarron is situated on the West Coast of the Scottish Highlands, some 63 miles due west of Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands. It is reputed to be the longest village in Scotland and stretches out for a distance of 2 miles or more along the north shore of Loch Carron, from which it derives its name. In days gone by, however, the village was known as Janetown and then Jeantown.

Lochcarron is situated on the West Coast of the Scottish Highlands, some 63 miles due west of Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands. It is reputed to be the longest village in Scotland and stretches out for a distance of 2 miles or more along the north shore of Loch Carron, from which it derives its name. In days gone by, however, the village was known as Janetown and then Jeantown.

There are now several routes by which it is possible to travel to Lochcarron (see "How to Find Us"), these including access by rail, but this was not always the case. The development of the village as it is now started in the early 19th century, but it was not until about 1820 that a cart track was constructed to enable access to the east coast. Prior to that, you had to go by sea or scramble over the mountains!

As for access from the south west (i.e. via Fort William), this used to be via a ferry crossing at Strome Ferry (now "no ferry"!) until the 1960's when the "Strome Ferry By-Pass" was constructed along the south side of Loch Carron.


How to Find Us

The map below shows the location of the post code area in which Bruaich Cottage is situated and is included simply to give you an idea of its approximate location. It should not be used as a means of obtaining specific directions to the property. We will provide detailed directions when you place a booking.

N.B. Important Please use the "+" and "-" buttons to the bottom right-hand corner of the map to zoom in or out.


Local Amenities - within Lochcarron Village

• Shops

  • Spar Shop (with Post Office) - right in the centre of the village.
  • Garage Shop - at Lochcarron Garage.
  • Weavers' Shop - Lochcarron Weavers - on the same road as Bruaich Cottage going out of the village towards North Strome and Ardaneaskan.

• Café, Restaurants

  • Waterside Café
  • Lochcarron Bistro
  • Rockvilla Guest House/Restaurant
  • Lochcarron Hotel
  • All on the Main Street and within walking distance.

• Pub

  • Lochcarron Hotel - real ales, good selection of single malt whisky
  • Approx 25 - 30 minutes' easy walk.

• Fuel

  • Lochcarron Garage (closed Sundays)
  • Spar Shop (24-hour card-operated pumps)

• Repair Garages

  • West End Garage - on the same road as Bruaich Cottage, a little further towards the west of the village - approx. 0.25 mile from the cottage.
  • Lochcarron Garage - in the village centre, next door to Lochcarron Hotel.
  • DMK Motors (just outside village).
  • All provide MOT facilities, recovery assistance, etc.

• Railway Station

  • At Strathcarron on the Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh Railway - approximately 3 miles.
  • This line featured on TV as one of Michael Palin's "Great Railway Journeys of the World".
  • Rail timetables

• Bus Services

• Banks

  • There is no longer a bank branch office or ATM (cash machine) in Lochcarron.
  • Nearest ATM - Kyle of Lochalsh - 23 miles.
  • Bank of Scotland - a mobile bank visits the village on Tuesdays and Fridays and parks outside the Village Hall.
  • RBS - a mobile bank visits the village on Tuesdays and parks at the Lochcarron Garage in Main Street. It is scheduled to arrive at 14.25 and depart at 14.35.
  • Post Office - some banking transactions, including cash withdrawals from UK bank accounts, can be carried out at the Post Office counter - inside the Spar Shop.
  • Several local businesses (e.g. Lochcarron Hotel) offer cashback facilities with card purchases.

• Post Office

  • Located in Spar Shop, Main Street.
  • Post Office early closing - Wednesdays.
  • Some foreign exchange facilities are available.

• Medical Centre

  • Millbrae, just off Church Street. Tel. 01520 722 623

• Emergency Services

  • Fire Station (retained) - located on industrial estate beyond golf course to the east of the village.
  • Police Station - on Main Street (not manned full-time).
  • Ambulance - there is an ambulance based in the village and manned by local crews.
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