A picture postcard highland village with whitewashed terraced houses dotted along the main road that runs alongside the banks of the loch. I use the word dazzling because if you have the luck to visit the town on a sunny day the place really dazzles with the loch glittering and the sun reflecting off the whitewashed buildings that line the lochside.
In days past it was called Janetown untill in the 19th century Parliment granted that a road be built from Inverness to Strome. Consequently the population increased dramatically with families who were displaced by the Highland clearances taking up residence who seemingly decided to rename the village.
The main street is host to a Post Office and general store, there is the Waterside Cafe on the front along with the Hotel and a petrol station.
Settled on the shore of Loch Carron the location and the village is a delight to visit with its golf course, scenery and wildlife it really is a treasure. Another plus is the location which allows access to the Baleach na Ba, Applecross and Torridon via the A896. Gairloch and the Isle of Skye via the A890.
The local golf course is a demanding 9 hole that presents superb views when you take your eye off the ball. So it’s well worth having the clubs in the car when you visit and it is open all year round. There is a carpark beside the course and even if you don’t fancy a game get out for stroll, it’s a lovely spot when delightfull views and a cafe that serves up excellent coffee and tasty bacon rolls.
From Lochcarron you can easily visit Strome Castle and although now a ruin it’s a lovely drive of 4 miles and a smashing spot to stop and view the scenery.
The now famous North Coast 500 passes through the village and if you are travelling the route clockwise from Inverness Lochcarron is a main stop for petrol and supplies before tackling the Bealach na Ba on the way to Applecross.
How to get there
Take the A9 turn left onto the A835 turn-off just past Garve at Gorston onto the A832. Turn at Achnasheen onto the A890. Just past Coulags you come to a “T” junction carry straight through onto the A896.
From Fort William
Take the A82 north to Invergarry turn left on to the A87 turn off at Auchertyre onto the A890 follow the road over the mountains, when you drop down on the otherside Past Attadale Gardens you take the left at the “T” junction onto the A896.