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Camusdarach

In "No Man is an Island" Hamish sails to an Island where he meets Belle Carter on the beach. The location used for the beach is at Camusdarach near Mallaig.
Me Hamish, You Woman Friday Hamish admires the view while Belle would rather be somewhere else


LocationArea Map
 Camusdarach near Mallaig
Map reference
 Landranger Sheet 40 NM 663 924
Distance from Plockton
 over 150 miles
Directions
 spacerThe final part of the journey to this location is over some of the worst 'main road' on mainland Scotland. The section before Arisaig constantly changes from two way to single track road (usually on blind bends). Alternatively if you prefer an shorter, easier but more expensive journey you can cross to Skye via Kyle, A850 and then A851 to Armadale, and take the ferry back the mainland at Mallaig from where the beach is only a few miles away.
 spacerIf staying on the mainland go from Plockton to Fort William. Then A830 to Arisaig. Continue for five miles until you pass the sign for Camusdarach camping site on the left side of the road. Just past this, there is a sign reading car park 100 yards. Pull into the carpark which is on the left hand side of the road at the bottom of the hill. Location Map
 spacerUnfortunately the easy access to the beach is over private ground next to the car park which currently has large Private Property, No access signs.
 spacerThere is however public access to the beach which was used as the location of Ben's Beach in the film "Local Hero" which Jimmy Yuill who played Lachlan Macrae in the first series of Hamish Macbeth appeared in. From the car park follow the sign to the public access beach.
 View across to where Hamish burns his boatspacerGo to the top of the beach and around the small headland to the next beach. This is where Hamish Macbeth is seen burning his boat at the beginning of the episode. The rest of the beach scenes were filmed at a neighbouring beach. There is little difference in the views from the public beach and that used for the location in Hamish Macbeth both of which have fine views across to the Islands of Eigg, Rhum and Skye. But if you want to go to the actual location you can follow the directions below.
 spacerGo back down the beach to where the path from the car park joins the beach. If the tide is out it is possible to cross the stream on the right as you get onto the beach, go up some rocks and walk round the headland of Rubh'an Achaidh Mhóir to the beach used in Hamish Macbeth. This does involve going over some private property and it is up to you whether you wish to do this.
 Watch where you stand if you don't want to end up like Belle CarterspacerOnce up the rocks (an easy climb) go along by their edge next to the fence. After a hundred yards or so you will need to cross an old metal fence which blocks acesss to the headland. It is on this headland that Hamish Macbeth is seen walking with Alex at the beginning of the episode and also where he tells the seagulls it's feeding time. Once past the headland there is a faint footpath which carries on round the headland from where you can get down to the beach where most of the action takes place.
 spacerThe island seen right at the beginning of this episode was near Barra in the outer Hebrides


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