Loch Hourn

Loch Hourn is a 14 mile long sea loch which runs inland from the Sound of Sleat, opposite the Isle of Skye, to the head of the loch at Kinloch Hourn. Sometimes described as the most fjord-like of the sea lochs of north west Scotland, it is steep-sided, with the slopes of Beinn Sgritheall to the north and Ladhar Bheinn rising from the southern shore at Barisdale Bay. Just north of the mouth of Loch Hourn lie the white beaches of Sandaig, the setting for Gavin Maxwell's book Ring of Bright Water, the classic account of life on the west coast of Scotland.

There is no road access to most of the shoreline. Apart from a few isolated cottages, the only community is Arnisdale, with a population of around 30 people. Kinloch Hourn is 36 km (22 miles) on single track road from the A87 near Invergarry. Skiary is situated closest to the Kinloch Hourn end of Loch Hourn.

The weather is changeable, resulting in the unique qualities of light and dramatic skies associated with this part of Scotland. The cycles of the tide bring added interest to this stunning loch.


Knoydart has frequently been described as one of the last remaining wildernesses in Europe.