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Scottish Gaelic: Cille Chòmhghain
Kilchoan is located in Lochaber
 Kilchoan shown within the Lochaber area
OS grid reference NM488637
Council area Highland
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district PH36 4
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Coordinates: 56°41′53″N 6°06′12″W / 56.698014°N 6.103306°W / 56.698014; -6.103306

Kilchoan (Cille Chòmhghain in Gaelic) is a village on the Scottish peninsula of Ardnamurchan, in Lochaber, Highland. It is the most westerly village on Great Britain,[1] although several tiny hamlets lie further west on the peninsula (of these, the most westerly is called Portuairk).

Kilchoan has a population of about 150.


Donaldson equates 'Buarblaig' (now Bourblaige about 5 miles east of Kilchoan on the other side of Ben Hiant, grid reference NM546623[2]) with Muribulg, where the Annals of Tigernach record a battle between the Picts and Dalriads in 731.[3] It may also be the 'Muirbole Paradisi' mentioned by Adomnán.[2]

The ancient Mingary Castle is situated on the coast about a mile to the east of the village.


A ferry service runs regularly from Kilchoan to Tobermory on the Isle of Mull. From Fort William, two buses per day connect with sailings of this ferry: one via Lochailort and Salen; the other via the Corran Ferry and Salen.

Kilchoan Bay has four visitor moorings that are close to the jetty where there is a shop and showers and a petrol station.

The Sonachan Hotel is the most westerly bar/hotel on the mainland of the UK. The shop and post-office used to be run by author Jon Haylett.

Ardnamurchan Campsite is situated about 500m west of the shop and post office


The minerals kilchoanite, dellaite and rustumite were first found at Kilchoan.[4]

Very good examples of a type of igneous rock structure called a cone sheet are found at Kilchoan.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Kilchoan" Undiscovered Scotland. Retrieved 5 April 2011.
  2. ^ a b Site Record for Ardnamurchan, Bourblaige, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland 
  3. ^ Donaldson, M E M (1923), Wanderings in the Western Highlands and Islands 
  4. ^ Alec Livingstone, 2002, Minerals of Scotland, Edinburgh, National Museums of Scotland

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