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This area of the Highlands of Scotland offers all kinds of activities and services. It is an ideal location to enjoy Gaelic Culture, Angling, Sea fishing, Watersports and sea trips, Rambling, Mountaineering, Botany, Geology, Local Crafts, freshly prepared local food and Scotland's national drink, an unrivalled variety of Scottish wildlife, and of course lastly but certainly not least - the friendly local people of Kintail.

For events that are taking place in the local area, see both dates for your diary and the regular weekly activities.

The historic Eilean Donan Castle at Dornie is only six miles from Shiel Bridge. This is a major tourist attraction and opens daily during the season. It was first built in 1214 as a defence against the Vikings, later destroyed in the Jacobite times during the Battle of Glenshiel and rebuilt at the beginning of the 20th centaury as a family home. There are also several Pictish Brochs in the area, at Totaig and Glenelg. The best examples are a Glenbeg near Glenelg.

One of the major attractions to the Kintail and Glenshiel area is hill walking. There are numerous Munros including the Five Sisters of Kintail and the Cluanie Ridges. There are regular guided walks scheduled during the summer by the National Trust for Scotland at their Morvich Countryside Centre to a number of peaks such as the Five Sisters of Kintail as well as sea kayaking taster days.

The area is rich in wildlife and with some patience and determination you will be able to see otters playing on the shore of Loch Duich, and golden eagles and sea eagles soaring around the mountain peaks. There are also deer, pine martins, badgers and wild goats to name a few animals. There is also good fishing locally both in the river and sea angling.

Nearby is the Isle of Skye, you have two options of how to get there, either by the small car ferry which is locally operated and runs between Glenelg and Kylerhea on Skye, or you could cross on the Skye Bridge fro Kyle of Lochalsh to Kyleakin. There are many attractions on Skye, so why not make Kintail your base as it is central for touring the whole area including Skye.

In Balmacara, ten miles away you can visit the National Trust Woodland Gardens with a lovely display of Rhododendrons and Primula in the spring and varied shrubs and flowers throughout the summer, and there are spectacular looking over to Skye and the surrounding area. You could also visit Plockton where the television program Hamish MacBeth was filmed. Many parts of the series were filmed in the Kintail area and many locals were extras. Why not ask them about the filming if you spot any of them?