Sanna, Ardnamurchan, Scotland
It’s one hell of a journey to get to but it really is worth it. In fact I would go as far to say that it is my favourite place in Scotland. Don’t let me put you off with mention of the journey, that is in itself spectacular and makes the end destination a greater even prize.
Mention Sanna or even Ardnamurchan to people, even Scots and most haven’t heard of it. It’s at the end of the Ardnamurchan Peninsular, the tip of which is the most westerly point of Mainland Britain. This is the Scottish Highlands at their best and most remote. Maybe the remoteness adds to the magic of the place. The fact that not many people live on this huge stretch of land and that it is difficult to get to means that it is totally unspoilt.
Sanna itself is just a small hamlet with a few cottages, some of which are holiday lets. What it has got plenty of though are beaches, some of the best for me even rivalling some ones that I’ve seen in Australia and Africa. The sea is a clear turquoise blue, with a kind of deepness of colour that you don’t expect to see in the UK and the view out to sea are quite amazing with the islands of Muck, Rum and Eigg and the Cuillin Hills of Skye on the horizon. So put together these white sandy beaches, a vibrant colour for the sea and quite outstanding views and you can see how special it is, which I hope comes across in my photographs.
Let me return to the journey, and a route which for me heads north along the side of Loch Lomond on the A82 up past Luss, Tarbet and Ardlui. After leaving Loch Lomond the scenery gets wilder, passing through Glencoe and up towards Fort William. Just south of Fort William is Nether Lochaber where you will find The Corran Ferry which is a small car ferry which will take you across Loch Linnhe to Ardgour. Drive off the ferry and you are on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula. From here you head west on a stunning drive with views that will tempt you to stop many times to take photographs. The further west you head the more remote and wild the scenery gets. Also the roads get narrower, going to single track in many places. Occassionaly you can get stuck behind other traffic but it will generally be the four footed type!
It’s a good idea to have somewhere booked to stay (check the Ardnamurchan website). Once you reach the end of the peninsula it’s worth taking some time to explore it, ideally by foot choosing from the many walking routes this by far is the best way to see these landscapes.
Walking on Sannna Beach you get to take photographs of these beautiful Scottish scenes often without having any other person in your shot. There is a large area of coastline to walk around to explore the many different views. Also you can see different weather approaching with the skies constantly changing, again this makes the photography easy and quite often spectacular.
It’s worth mentioning nearby Ardnamurchan Point as it is well worth a visit as you are so close. This is the most westerly point of Mainland Britain and has a lighthouse, museum and coffee shop, plus of course it’s own rugged coastline walks and views.
A very special place
I hope my photographs make you want to visit, or return to Sanna and Ardnamurchan. If you are lucky with the weather, like I have been on my trips you will enjoy some incredible views and experience a very special atmosphere. Maybe this special feeling is earned for making the effort to go there. If you’ve got some stories of your trip to Sanna and Ardnamuchan please do leave me a message below.
One final picture of this incredible place and a photograph that I took on a recent family trip to Sanna. This is my daughter Katie playing on the beach, see how uncrowded it is, even on a summer weekend. It’s like having your own private beach!
Pictures of Scotland
I have a collection of Pictures of Scotland which can be bought as prints, framed pictures or canvases. These include Ardnamurchan as well as other parts of Scotland. They can be ordered on line and delivered worldwide.
I am a Family Portrait & Wedding Photographer, I also create photography and video for business offering on-line content and marketing support. I run regular introduction to photography training courses, ideal if you you want to learn how your camera works and take better photographs. I am based in Loch Lomond and work throughout Scotland including Glasgow, Stirling and Edinburgh. See more at my website – www.paulsaundersphotography.com or call me on 01360 661029.