THE GLENELG AND ARNISDALE TOURIST INFORMATION GUIDE

 

 

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COVID-19 UPDATE

The latest from the Scottish Government, announced on 24th June, is that certain aspects of Tourism will (all being well) open from July 3rd. You can follow updated news and guidance here.

As with other local and UK Businesses, the coronavirus outbreakand regulations have had an impact on the Glenelg area and at present (25th June):
The Glenelg Inn is only open for takeaway meals. Details and
menu here.

Sheenas Tea Hut is only open for takeaway meals. Details and menu here.
The Shed BBQ takeaway in Glenelg will be open from July 18th, for takeaway and garden seating.
Way Out West Café (In the community hall) has shut and will sadly remain closed for the rest of the season due to it being such a small place and having no control who you might share it with - that's normally the charm!
The Glenelg Ferry, is a fabulous, internationally known tourist attraction. It also offers a lifeline with a second road link to the outside world for the community. The ferry will not be operating until further notice. Merchandise is still available online.
Moyle Park Campsite opens from 18th July, availability only for Motorhomes, Campervans and Caravans, bookings by email please.
The Glenelg Shop is open, it is counter service only and a “one person in at a time” ruling.

Local facilities.
Glenelg Health Centre is open,
details here
The public toilets at the Glenelg Community Hall and the Hall itself, are shut until further notice.
The public toilets at the Ceilidh House Heritage Centre and the Heritage Centre itself, are shut until further notice.

The situation will be changing over the next weeks and months so keep checking the Scottish Government link and I will update here as much as possible.
Please remember that the Covid-19 situation has meant some huge changes for most tourism business, services and facilities and we are all learning as we go. (Often with conflicting or changing advice.)
Some businesses will be open from day one, some won’t be allowed to open yet, others will adopt a wait and see approach and others have wiped the slate on the 2020 season. Some, tragically, will never open again.
There is nothing normal about the “new normal” and a little common sense, patience and courtesy will be needed on both sides, a smile goes a long way!

Take care of yourselves, look after each other and we look forward to seeing you again!

Glenelg and Arnisdale: the end of your journey, the beginning of an experience.

Located on the West Coast of Scotland the Glenelg area has much to offer tourists and visitors. Stunning Highland scenery, diverse sea and wildlife, a great community AND we are "twinned" with Mars! The Glenelg area is a Mecca for walking, wildlife watching or just relaxing and getting away from the stress of work and city life. Turning off the main road at Shiel Bridge (see map) and coming in over the Mam Ratagan Pass (don’t miss the view point!) is the start of an experience that leads many visitors to return here again and again for their holidays in Glenelg Scotland.

 

Location

Glenelg bay faces across to the Isle of Skye and down the Sound of Sleat with fabulous views to the Sandaig Islands, Isle Ornsay, Rum and Eigg. (Sandaig is where author Gavin Maxwell wrote the best seller "Ring of Bright Water"). The road carries on from Glenelg to Arnisdale before ending at the tiny village of Corran and is considered by many to be one of the most scenic drives in Scotland.

Also by Glenelg is the mainland jetty for the Skye Ferry. The MV Glenachullish is a manually operated turntable ferry, a type that at one time could be seen all over Scotland. As far as we know, it is the only one still in existence and crosses the short, spectacular Kyle Rhea straits, where you may see seals, porpoise, otters or our local sea eagles feeding. A unique experience not to be missed sailing "over the sea to Skye".

 

Accommodation

The Glenelg area is blessed with an excellent selection of good quality self-catering cottages which vary in size from small properties suitable for couples to larger houses to suit families or groups. High quality rooms are available at the Glenelg Inn and there are Bed & Breakfast establishments for short breaks or just an overnight stay. (Some self catering cottages also offer short breaks, especially out of season)

 

But what about that Scottish weather?

Let’s be honest, Scotland can be fickle where the weather is concerned! While the South can be blessed with a heatwave Scotland can be suffering with wind and rain but the opposite applies too. When East winds and gales hit the rest of the country Glenelg often basks in calm sunny weather. It really does have its own micro climate and it’s often said that one sunny day on the West Coast of Scotland is worth several elsewhere. With a bit of luck you will enjoy amazing deep blue days filled with sunshine while at night the unpolluted dark skies above Glenelg produce a crystal fiesta of sparkling stars.

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