At first glance, Shieldaig’s aesthetic beauty is difficult to ignore. The sweeping landscape, the quaint architecture, and untouched nature combine to create a spectacular image for anyone who visits. But there’s more to this quiet Highlands village than a perfect photo opportunity.
This area is well known to local climbers, ramblers, wildlife enthusiasts, photographers and travellers from around the world, for what is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful natural locations in Europe.
Shieldaig also provides a perfect platform for some fun unusual activities you won’t find in many other places, especially not in such close vicinity. So why not book yourself a week away in a holiday cottage to enjoy any one (or all!) of the following activities?
1. Sailing on the Loch
If you’re looking for a little bit of romance, a dash of adventure, and several sprinkles of natural wonders, then sailing on the loch is an absolute must. The views will beat anything you’ll find in a 3D film or ‘imax’ experience.
There’s nothing like enjoying nature without having to think about the noise from traffic, the light pollution that ruins starry nights, or the sheer number of people you find in a big city. When you’re out sailing in the loch near Shieldaig, the modern world will feel like a distant memory. You’ll barely know how to operate your smartphone once you’re back.
2. Whale Watching
Many tourists are surprised that Scotland offers whale-watching tours and while it’s somewhat of a hidden secret, it’s certainly one of the highlights. Torridon Sea Tours leave from Shieldaig on a daily basis and give you the opportunity to see these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat.
The boat tours are more than just whales – you can enjoy a glass of champagne while enjoying an awe-inspiring sunrise, visit locations where bird species are known to frequent, or simply absorb a little bit of everything!
3. Visit & Explore Shieldaig Island
Consider it a man-made home to a thriving population of interesting bird species, such as Kestrels, Long Eared Owls, Mergansers, Herons, and Black Guillemots. For enthusiasts, it’s an absolute paradise.
The Scots pine was actually planted on purpose some 130+ years ago with the aim of providing the local population with much-needed materials for ships and fishing equipment. The result is a beautiful island that is now managed and protected by the National Trust.
4. Play Tennis in the Scottish Highlands
Not an unusual activity in the real sense but definitely unusual in the Scottish Highlands as it is one of the only courts up there. Courts have been built with money fundraised by the locals and council grants its available for locals as well as visitors.
5. Mountain Climbing (and More!)
Outdoor enthusiast? Then NineOneSix may be right up your alley – it’s the home of one of the most celebrated guides in Scotland (and perhaps the friendliest one to boot!) with years of experience.
His mountain climbing and winter walking options are more than enough to keep you busy for weeks. If you want a base from which to base your exploration of the Scottish heights, why not pitch your figurative tent in a luxury holiday home?
6. Kayaking on Loch Shieldaig
Spend an afternoon kayaking on Shieldaig Loch, with spectacular views of Shieldaig village and the surrounding areas, widely known as some of the finest scenery in Europe.
As you can see, there’s plenty for you to do in the Shieldaig area – it may seems small and picturesque, a quiet town far from the hustle and bustle of the city, but that doesn’t mean that you’ll be left twiddling your thumbs after a day or two. In fact, we’re willing to wager that you won’t be ready to go once your holiday is over!
Article written by Chrissy Nason-Smith.