Places to visit
Facilities in and around Lochcarron
A wide range of food and non-food items are sold in the village shops at Lochcarrron, so you should be able to buy all the basics you need.
On Main Street you'll find the Lochcarron Food Centre which is a supermarket, newsagent, hardware shop and post office. In addition, Lochcarron Garage has a shop offering food and non-food essentials.
On the road out of Lochcarron West End, on the picturesque drive towards Ardaneaskan, you'll find Lochcarron Weavers at Mid-Strome. Renowned worldwide for its kiltmaking, it's worth a visit for its knitwear and tartans.
Heading towards Kyle of Lochalsh, a mile or so beyond Strathcarron, is the Carron Restaurant alongside the Carron Gift Shop with a range of craft products and an art gallery.
For some things there's no alternative to going to town. The nearest chemist is at Kyle of Lochalsh, about 25 miles away, although the Lochcarron Food Centre does stock a good range of over-the-counter medicines. If you are looking for a wide variety of shops, restaurants, cafes, pubs, theatre and cinema, an hour and ten minutes' drive will take you the 65 miles to Inverness: capital city of the Highlands and the major urban centre here.
On Lochcarron's Main Street, you'll find the Lochcarron Hotel, the Bistro, and the Waterside Cafe. A wide variety of snacks and meals is on offer, and stunning views of the loch can be enjoyed from the venues.The Lochcarron Hotel offers bar snacks and restaurant meals throughout the year. The other eateries are closed out of the main tourist season.
Around 4 miles further afield there's the Strathcarron Hotel, just by the train station at Strathcarron, which offers bar and restaurant meals. Nearby, on the south shore of Loch Carron, the Carron Restaurant serves snacks, meals and home baking in the summer season. Continuing along this road a turning leads you Plockton, a very pretty village with several hotels, pubs and restaurants.
Alternatively, you might want to head to Kishorn (out of Lochcarron to the west), where you'll find the Kishorn Seafood Bar, which offers superb fresh seafood, usually from April until October.
Further yet, but definitely not to be missed on any visit to the area, is the Applecross Inn. The journey over the Bealach na Ba is simply stunning. In poor weather it can be daunting but the welcome and the food at the Inn will make up for this – and you can always return by the coast road if you want to avoid the mountainous route. Applecross also offers a pleasant eatery at the Potting Shed in the lovely walled garden.
Another option in the Lochcarron area is the Ledgowan Lodge Hotel: the hotel and pub at Achnasheen. You will find a friendly and relaxed atmosphere and excellent meals in this impressive former hunting lodge.
The post office is at Lochcarron Food Centre on Main Street. This is closed on Wednesday afternoons but the post office at Strathcarron station is open then.
There's a Bank of Scotland on Main Street opposite the shinty field at Battery Park. This has a cash machine that doesn't seem to charge for withdrawals, but this will depend on your bank. (Barclays and NatWest accounts definitely aren't charged.) The nearest Royal Bank of Scotland is at Kyle of Lochalsh – but a mobile RBS unit visits Lochcarron every Tuesday.
Petrol and diesel are available at the Lochcarron Food Centre and the Lochcarron Garage, both on Main Street and open throughout the year. The Food Centre is open seven days a week; the Lochcarron Garage is closed on Sundays.