The loch's other claim to fame is The Green Isle, an ancient Celtic burial place which may be the burial site of St. Finnan, also known as Eilean Fhianain.
Loch Shiel Nude Beach Essentials
- Description: Small, south-facing beach on a freshwater loch in the Western Highlands. It is unofficial but very remote and you are unlikely to be disturbed or overlooked. It is backed by woodland and mountains which are rarely climbed or hiked.
- Facilities: Bring everything you need - including food and water - because there are no facilities. Small boats or canoes can be rented from Dalilea House, a small guesthouse several miles away.
- Warnings: Fishermen and eagle watchers occasionally ply the loch in rented boats and the MV Sileas has regular cruises, often with a band. You are unlikely to be disturbed - or even noticed - but, as this is an unofficial nude beach, it's a good idea to have a quick cover-up handy.
Getting there: Now for the challenge. The beach, on the banks of the Glenaladale River can be reached over a pleasant - but long- footpath from Glenfinnan, off the A830 at the northern end of Loch Shiel. Glenfinnan is where Bonnie Prince Charlie first rallied his clansmen to back his claim to the British throne at the start of the Jacobite rising in 1745. A monument at the head of Loch Shiel marks the spot.
Or stay over at the almost equally remote Dalilea House and hire a boat from there, heading north along the northern shore of the loch until you reach the glen and the mouth of the river. To reach Dalilea, Cross Loch Linnhe on the Corran Ferry, 9 miles south of Fort William. Then take the A861 south, toward Strontian and continue along this road (skirting the banks of Loch Sunart) through Acharacle. Turn off the A861 at the sign for Dalilea and follow the lane toward the loch shore.