Even the name Kilchoan can be confusing. We live in the crofting township of Ormsaigbeg which, with the crofting townships of Ormsaigmore and Kilchoan, make up the geographical village of Kilchoan. Taken as a whole, Kilchoan is the largest settlement on West Ardnamurchan, boasting two churches, a primary school, a pub/hotel, a shop, a community centre which includes a medical facility and a tourist information desk, a Learning Centre, a fire station, a coastguard station and a telephone exchange. By comparison, the other villages of West Ardnamurchan are small, the smallest having a resident population of one.
Some 250 people make up the permanent population of West Ardnamurchan, but this number increases hugely in summer as our visitors arrive. A few have a holiday home which they occupy throughout the season. More often, houses and caravans provide accommodation for weekly rentals.
As well as being a stunningly beautiful location which is renowned for its empty spaces, white sand beaches and abundant wildlife, this is a welcoming place for visitors. A wide range of facilities are available, and these are described on the companion website to A Kilchoan Diary, West Ardnamurchan News & Information. This site also includes details of, and links to accommodation providers on the peninsula.
A Kilchoan Diary sets out to describe this beautiful corner of Highland Scotland. We hope you enjoy the site.