All Alone in Ardnamurchan

They used to call the Ardnamurchan Peninsula the "Auld Impenetrable" - because it took so long to get to (until the advent of motor cars). One road in and the same road out. I visited just a week after a landslide that had cut the peninsula off was cleared. I drove the single track road for 2 hours, that takes you to one of the remotest parts of Scotland - a haven of tranquillity amongst a wild region that still plays host to some of Britain's most exotic species (mink, wilds cats, red deer, badgers, slow worms and adders to name but a few).

Ardnamurchan point is on the edge of an ancient volcanic crater and is the most westerly part of the British mainland. But it feels like the edge of the world and seems caught up in it's own ancient history. You can see the prehistoric geology of the place presented before you as you drive or hike through the lip of the volcano, and pass villages that have been ruins for hundreds of years. I was there for 4 days, saw only a handful of people and the only one I talked to was St Ciaran mac an t-Saeir as I stood at his 1500 year old grave side.
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