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Local Activities

Slumbay House is conveniently located in one of the area’s larger villages, Lochcarron, reputedly the longest village in the Highlands. From this base visitors can gain easy access to many local attractions and enjoy the stunning scenery, flora and fauna of this most gorgeous part of the British Isles.

Please remember that it does, occasionally, rain in Scotland and that the weather can turn cold very quickly at pretty much any time of the year. Therefore do come prepared with wet weather gear, especially if you plan to spend significant time outdoors!

Here is a selection of some of the things to see and do while staying here. This is definitely not an exhaustive list and we are sure you will find many opportunities to indulge in your favourite holiday activities!

Gardens

Attadale Gardens: https://www.attadalegardens.com.
Inverewe Gardens: https://www.nts.org.uk/visit/places/inverewe.

Historical Sites

Eilean Donan Castle: https://www.eileandonancastle.com.
Kyle of Lochalsh, the Skye Bridge and the Island of Skye Tourist Guide: http://www.lochalsh.co.uk.

Golf

There is a small, but demanding, Pitch and Put course just outside the village: https://lochcarrongolfclub.co.uk.

Boat Trips

A number of boat trips on the sea lochs are available, depending on the time of year (and the weather). These are a great way of discovering the scenery from a different viewpoint and of discovering the local wildlife at sometimes (very) close quarters. If you interested in something like this, we would recommend trying one of the following:

Calum’s Seal Trips: https://calums-sealtrips.com.
Red Moon Cruises: https://www.redmooncruises.co.uk.
Spirit of Adventure: http://www.the-spirit-of-adventure.co.uk.

Hill Walking

There are dozens of paths crisscrossing the rugged terrain in the area. There is also little stopping you from setting off “cross country”, although be warned that progress can be a lot tougher than you expect and that you may have to make long detours if you find you have to ford a river in flood.

A 1:50,000-scale map of the area around Lochcarron has been provided and is wall mounted inside the house to help with inspiration! This, however, is not portable and for one you can carry with you we would recommend one of the Ordnance Survey Explorer maps. Sheets 428, 413, 414, 429, 433 cover most of the area readily accessible from Slumbay House.

Click here for some informal pointers as to what to do / not to do if you are planning to set out into the hills.

If you are planning to venture out into the wilderness, please bear the following in mind:

  • Please be considerate of people’s private property, gardens etc.
  • Please close all gates behind you and make sure you do not damage fences if you decide to go over them.
  • Please keep dogs under control and make sure they do not interfere with sheep and other animals you come across.
  • Hunting and fresh water fishing for sport are restricted. Please inform yourself of any applicable restrictions, and abide by them, before embarking on either activity.
  • Make sure that you take appropriate clothing with you, especially warm and wet weather gear. The ever-changing weather can make for some very dramatic changes to the scenery but can also bring very challenging conditions.
  • Make sure you take some high-energy food with you. The going can get tough and be much more arduous than you would expect.
  • Make sure that you have appropriate navigational aids with you (as a minimum a detailed map of the area you are going into and a compass) and you know how to use them! One mountain can look very much like the next when you are out of sight of a known reference point…
  • Make sure you plan any excursions so that you are back before nightfall – it is not fun and potentially dangerous to be out walking over rough terrain in the dark. This is less of an issue during the summer as days are long, but conversely can be very limiting during the winter. If there is any doubt in your mind that you will be able to make it back before dark, as a minimum make sure you take sufficient torches (with fresh batteries) with you for the size of your party. Better to consider modifying your route to make it shorter.
  • Make sure to tell someone when you expect to get back (and make sure you check in with them when you are safely home so they don’t start a manhunt unnecessarily!). This is good practice under all circumstances, but essential if you plan to head out alone or as part of a small group. Mobile reception is very patchy. DO NOT rely on your phone as the only means of summoning help if you need it.

Other Useful Information

Driving on Single Track Roads: Some roads in Scotland, especially in the Highlands and Islands, are single-track roads. A single-track road or one-lane road is a road that permits two-way travel but is not wide enough in most places to allow vehicles to pass one another. They have special passing places. If you see a vehicle coming towards you, or the driver behind wants to overtake, pull into a passing place on your left, or wait opposite a passing place on your right. Give way to vehicles coming uphill whenever you can. If necessary, reverse until you reach a passing place to let the other vehicle pass.

Dealing with Ticks: Ticks are active all through the year, but particularly in summer. It might be helpful to tuck trousers into your socks when hill walking to reduce the risk of attracting these. What do you do if you find a tick on yourself or someone else in your party?

1. Don't panic! These are not generally dangerous, merely mildly irritating.
2. Remove the tick as soon as possible.
3. The safest way to remove a tick is to use a tick removal tool, which can be bought in most outdoor shops and chemists.
4. Keep an eye on the bite site. If a large red rash develops, or if you feel unwell, tell your doctor you've been bitten by a tick. (Note: A small, itchy spot is a normal reaction to a tick bite).
5. A good supplementary source of information can be found at: https://www.mountaineering.scot/safety-and-skills/health-and-hygiene/ticks

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