Set on a sheltered bay of Loch Carron, with sweeping vistas of sea and mountain, Plockton is a perfect destination for the more relaxed holiday. Once a thriving fishing community, it is now a National Trust for Scotland conservation village, its heritage carefully preserved, yet with the facilities to welcome visitors from all over the world.

The Village

Location of the cottages in the village
Arriving in the village, you will be struck by the sweeping view -- the bay, with its scattering of islands, is framed by forested hillside, merging into the Crags, beneath which sits Duncraig Castle. At the foot of the bay, the narrow entrance to Loch Carron is just visible. The eye moves on to ranges which merge in the distance to the Torridon hills. Finally, the peninsula of Applecross and open sea to the Hebrides dominates the northern view.

The village itself is centred on Harbour Street, whose seawall protects the village from the high tides of the bay. Here the gardens look directly onto the water, separated from the houses by the street. The warming Gulf Stream allows the palm trees to flourish.

Harbour Street

The self-catering visitor will find all they need at the well-stocked Plockton Stores. Look out also for the Plockton Craft Shop (Edmund's), a newsagent cum gift shop (and Rory Campbell's shop in the BBC series, Hamish Macbeth, filmed in Plockton), the Studio for local and international crafts, more gifts and maritime curios at Leisure Marine, and local knitwear at Lochalsh Knitters.

There is a local post office, with limited opening hours. Kyle of Lochalsh, ten minutes drive away, has a main post office, two banks (RBS and BoS), a supermarket, a tourist office and other shops and facilities.

As well as Hamish Macbeth, Plockton was also the location for The Wicker Man, The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries, and more.

Eating Out (or in)

Eating out in Plockton is characterised by fresh local or Scottish produce — beef, game, fish and seafood — and friendly service. Both the Plockton Hotel and the Plockton Inn offer a lunchtime and a full evening menu. Children are welcome and the vegetarian will not go hungry. The Shores on Habour Street is gaining an excellent reputation under head chef Ian James, who formerly ran Off the Rails.

If you're eating in, you'll find a remarkable range of quality foodstuff at the Plockton Stores, and a good selection of wines, beers and spirits. Fresh prawns can be bought at the pier from the local fishermen when they come ashore in the mid-afternoon. On Wednesday in the early afternoon, a fish van and a butcher's van are in the village for fresh produce. Traditionally produced cheese and dairy products are available at the West Highland Dairy, in Achmore, six miles from Plockton.

Location of the cottages in the village
In July and August, the village hosts the annual Plockton Regatta. Races are held on most evenings for visiting centreboards and the traditional (but highly competitive) Plockton clinker boats. Walk down to the starting line at Rhu and watch the jockeying for pole position before the gun.

There are plenty of good walking routes in the village and nearby. You will find a useful guide to local walks in the Plockton shops, which will also give details of local swimming beaches. There is a swimming pool and fitness centre in Kyle of Lochalsh.

Calum's Seal Trips are world famous (free if no seals!) and have featured in the BBC Holiday Programme. Get details from their booking office and shop in Harbour Street. Leisure Marine also provide a variety of small craft for hire, and will tell you about sea and loch fishing.

There are nine hole golf courses at Kyle and Lochcarron, and riding is available at Avernish Riding Stables, near Dornie.

Visitors are welcome to use Plockton Bowling Club's green, the only outdoor bowling green in Skye & Lochalsh.

Visit Craig Highland Farm, a rare breeds conservation centre, for unusual varieties of sheep, goats, ponies, pigs, llamas, etc.

For ideas for a longer excursion, take a look at The Area.