One of the most picturesque and photographed Scottish villages, Plockton has many interesting things to offer. It is home to award-winning restaurants and some wonderful local shops. During summers, the village becomes a haven for yachtsmen. This is due to the presence of an active dinghy sailing school and a sheltered anchorage.
You’ll get the chance to enjoy some traditional music at one of the events held in the village hall. Some of the local pubs also host regular events where traditional music is played. Besides exploring all these local attractions, you can also indulge in some exciting outdoor activities:
This Scottish village and its surrounding areas are characterized by low coastal moorland. It is a mix of sheltered bays, small crofting townships, and a coral beach. You’ll enjoy walking through the native woods, around the coast, in the crofting townships, and across the open moorland.
If you’re lucky, you’ll get to see the rare pine marten or an otter. While walking through the crofting township of Plockton, you’ll also come across some attractive flowering plants. You can visit the Balmacara Square Visitor Centre for detailed information on the area, its history, and the people.
You’ll have great mountain biking opportunities in the woodlands and local moors surrounding Plockton. A day of challenging ride can be taken over the Lochalsh Peninsula. If you wish to explore some more places, you can consider the famous mountain trails of Torridon.
You can also choose the trails of Skye or any of the other lesser-known mountain routes. Although not technically challenging, the steep terrain over the Lochalsh peninsula demands a good level of fitness. The trails of Torridon and Skye are for the experienced mountain bikers.
The sheltered bays of Plockton are ideal for learning sea kayaking and improving your skills in this activity. Experienced sea kayakers can try the more challenging waters near Skye. It is advisable to book such trips with one of the local service providers.
This will ensure that you’re always accompanied by a professional guide and provided with top-quality gear. During this journey, you’ll savor the panoramic views of the Isle of Skye and the Applecross and Torridon mountains. While sea kayaking, you’ll also get to see the seals, porpoises, and some rare birds.
The boat trip operated by Calum Mackenzie and his crew would be great for going on a wildlife cruise. If you don’t spot the seals, they won’t charge you anything. This makes the boat trip one of the most unique outdoor experiences in Plockton. From April to October, this wildlife cruise is conducted daily.
The crew always looks forward to welcoming new and old passengers on board. To reserve a place on the boat, you’ll have to register on their online pre-registration system. The busiest months are July and August. All the trips would be subject to weather conditions.
With many elegant local shops selling lots of interesting things, you’ll have a memorable shopping experience in Plockton. Some of them stock excellent varieties of wines and whiskies. If you need wider range of items, you can visit the large supermarket located five miles away in Kyle.
For souvenirs or gift items, you can visit the village’s own artist’s gallery called ‘The Studio’. It has an extensive collection of artwork, local jewellery, cards, and other items. Visit ‘Home in the Highlands’ for a wonderful range of clothing and accessories for the entire family. It also offers crockery, paintings, cushions, and throws.