Your Visit

SITE WILL PARTIALLY REOPEN ON 01/07/2021

It gives the Trust great pleasure to confirm that the Ardnamurchan Lighthouse Complex will re-open to visitors on 01.07.2021 at 10:00am.

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING SAFETY ADVICE IN ADVANCE OF YOUR VISIT:

  • The Tower and Information Centre will not be open to guests.
    Tower tours will NOT take place until further notice, due to continuing enhanced hygiene and social distancing measures.
  • The foghorn viewing platform will remain closed until work to replace the railings is complete.
    Please DO NOT cross (or allow children to cross) the safety barrier in an effort to access the platform. The existing railings are unstable and there is a risk of falls from height if they give way.
  • The site for our new viewpoint will remain closed until the build completes.
    Please DO NOT cross (or allow children to cross) the safety barrier, as there is a high risk of falls and injury on the building material (broken stone blocks).
  • We await the completion of handrails on two of our footpaths (the beach path and the path to the west picnic area). Please exercise caution and don’t let children run ahead.

We look forward to welcoming you back to an improved and more accessible site; but please respect the safety barriers/notices as works are still ongoing.

Stephanie Cope
Project Manager.

Please check our COVID-19 page before visiting.

Ardnamurchan Lighthouse is an iconic, grade A listed landmark on Scotland’s wild West Coast. Situated at the most westerly point on the British mainland, the enduring elegance of Alan Stevenson’s design is framed by unrivalled panoramic views across the Small Isles and Inner Hebrides. Here, the titanic forces of geology, waves, weather and human industry form a rich melting pot of natural and cultural heritage.

Opening Hours

April – October inclusive

Open daily from 10:00 – 17:00.

AMENITIES

  • Day Parking
  • Café
  • Gift Shop
  • Toilets
  • Viewpoint
  • Information Centre (presently unavailable due to COVID-19)
  • Guided Tower Tours (presently unavailable due to COVID-19)

Accessibility

Ardnamurchan Lighthouse Trust recognise the importance of providing good access for guests with an impairment or disability. We are seeking grant support to improve accessibility infrastructure across the site on an ongoing basis, so that more people can explore and enjoy this special place. The Trust is pleased to confirm that the Lochaber Disability Access Panel will be supporting us throughout our project journey, to ensure that our objectives for accessibility are delivered in real terms.

Parking: we have two marked accessible parking spaces. The first is situated adjacent to the Stables Coffee Shop and guest toilets in the lower parking area; the second is situated next to our beautifully painted accumulator tanks, on the seaward side of the upper parking area. This second space is ideal for guests wishing to enjoy a spectacular seascape from the comfort of their vehicle.

Toilets: a single accessible toilet is located next to the Stables Coffee Shop entrance door. Due to limited space within this grade A listed building, the toilet itself sits against the wall on the user’s right hand side. In recognition that this layout may prove challenging for some guests, the Trust is seeking to significantly improve our accessible toilet offer as the site continues to develop. Please bear with us.

Out and about: our parking areas and footpaths were all resurfaced in summer 2021. This has greatly improved accessibility across the site for ambulant walkers and push chair users. Guests using mobility scooters and wheelchairs should proceed with care, as some short steep slopes still remain due to the topography of our site.

The foghorn viewing platform: *contract work to improve the accessibility and safety of the foghorn viewing platform is ongoing and the platform remains closed while this work completes*

The foghorn viewing platform underwent a number of accessibility improvements in summer 2021. The platform is wheelchair and pushchair accessible. Nevertheless, the Trust recognise that the gravelled area surrounding our Keepers’ Cottages makes access to the platform entrance challenging for guests using a wheelchair. This is an issue that we are seeking to address; but in the meantime, blue badge holders should feel welcome to take their vehicle up to the platform entrance. If it is possible to ‘drop-off and pick-up’ guests rather than parking at the entrance, this helps to keep the turning circle free of vehicles.

The tower: regrettably, there can be no disabled access to the lighthouse tower due to the nature of the building.

Finding Us

Ardnamurchan Lighthouse is situated 10km west of Kilchoan on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula (look out for brown informational signage as you pass through the village). It is accessed by a scenic single-track road, which is steep and winding in places.

Postal Address:
Ardnamurchan Lighthouse Complex
Kilchoan
Acharacle
PH36 4LN

The Stables Coffee Shop is located at grid reference NM416672

Getting Here

If you are travelling from Fort William, you may choose to take the Corran Ferry, operated by The Highland Council. Please see here for timetables and travel information.

If you are traveling from the north of Mull, you may choose to take the Tobermory – Kilchoan Ferry, operated by CalMac. Please see here for timetables and travel information.

Unfortunately, there is no public transport service to Ardnamurchan Lighthouse.

On your final approach to the lighthouse complex, look out for our welcome signage and traffic lights. There are no passing places or verge on the narrow lighthouse causeway, so please respect the traffic light signals and proceed with care.

Upon entering the site, vehicles may park either adjacent to the Stables Coffee Shop, or in the upper parking area 100m further along the main track.

Overnight parking is not permitted.