The 5 miles of coast between Arisaig and Morar is a fretwork of rocky islets, inlets and gorgeous silver-sand beaches backed by dunes and machair, with stunning sunset views across the sea to the silhouetted peaks of Eigg and Rum. The Silver Sands of Morar, as they are known, draw crowds of bucket-and-spade holidaymakers.
Fans of the movie Local Hero still make pilgrimages to Camusdarach Beach, just south of Morar, which starred in the film as Ben’s Beach. The villi age that featured in the film is in the other side of the country, at Pennan.
Loch nan Uamh (pronounced loch nan oo-ah, meaning the loch of the caves) washes the southern shores of Arisaig; this was where Bonnie Prince Charlie first set foot on the Scottish mainland on 11th of August 1745, on the shingle beach at the mouth of the Borrodale burn. Just 2 miles to the east of this bay, on a rocky point near a parking area, the Prince’s Cairn marks the spot where he finally departed Scottish soil, never to return, on 19th September 1746.
Arisaig and Morar are hidden gems, well worth a visit on your Scotland tours.