Local area

Reraig Caravan Site is in a rural setting with wooded hillsides beside Loch Alsh, a sea loch, with pebble shore line as can be seen in the background picture. Situated on the edge of a very small village with a Hotel and a Shop selling food, general supplies also including a Post Office and Off Licence. Much of the surrounding woodland is managed by the Forestry Commission, planted as a commercial crop many years ago it is now reaching maturity. Some felling is in progress, followed by replanting, therefore the landscape is ever changing. There are many walks, some on Forestry paths, which can take you wandering for half an hour or all day if you wish. Plus open hills for the more adventurous. Around Reraig the bird life is plentiful and Roe Deer are often seen. Otters put in an appearance, mostly along the shoreline, when it suits them. Nearby Glenshiel is often visited by a flock of wild goats, keep a look out. If luck is with you Golden Eagles may be spotted soaring above high mountains in Kintail.

1. Wild Goats at Shiel --------- 2. Attadale Gardens --------- 3. Plockton

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Plockton is a picturesque village about 5 miles from Reraig. Boat trips run from here that will take you to visit seals that haul out on the rocky offshore islands to warm themselves. Some longer evening trips into Loch Carron will be met by dolphin that have made themselves at home near a handy fish farm. They seem to enjoy playing around moving boats. Plockton holds an annual 2 week regatta in July, but the bay is always full of sailing boats, large and small throughout the Summer months.

Attadale Gardens - for the plant lover or a gentle stroll on a sunny day, about 10 miles from Reraig. A fairly new garden continuing to develop, with several interesting sculptures. It also has pleasant woodland walks. Teas, cakes and plant sales available.

A little further afield for a pleasant day trip you might consider Inverewe Gardens, a National Trust Property, with a restaurant for refreshments. Also the views along the journey should not be missed.

1. Eilean Donan --------- 2. Seals --------- 3. Dunvegan

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If castles attract you Dunvegan at the Northern part of the Isle of Skye should be on your "to do" list. There is a restaurant at the car park and the choice of touring the large and pleasant gardens. Guided rowing boat trips will get you close to sea born wildlife.

Other local attractions include Eilean Donan Castle - one of the most photographed in Scotland and now a focus for the Clan MacRae of Kintail. The Visitor Centre provides a Cafe and Shop. There is an interpretation room on entering the castle.

1. Kylerae Ferry --------- 2. Glamaig --------- 3. Five Sisters

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The Isle of Skye should keep photographers amused for weeks and walkers will find a challenge too. The bridge, now toll free, gives easy access to Skye but if you fancy going by sea there is a small ferry carrying 6 cars that crosses the Sound of Sleat between Glenelg and Kylehrea. This being the shortest distance between mainland and island it was once the place that cattle were encouraged to swim across while making the long journey from the Highlands and Islands to market in Falkirk. This small ferry can be used to make a circular journey providing a challenging drive and scenic views including the Five Sisters of Kintail. Seals may often be seen about the slipway and there is the chance of a visiting otter too. If the available hill walking does not tire you out you might like to take part in the annual Glamaig Hill Race, 755 metres of ascent, recover after in the bar of the Sligachan Hotel, haunt of many pioneering climbers of old. This race is usually held in late July but visit the organisers web site for next event date.