Castle Tioram and the Silver Walk

The ruined Castle Tioram (pronounced Cheerum) is sited on the rocky tidal island Eilean Tioram (the Dry Island) where the waters of Loch Moidart and the river Shiel meet. The castle is closed to visitors but it is possible to visit the island at low tide and look at the castle exterior. Notices warn visitors of the possible danger of falling masonry but it is quite possible to obtain good views of the walls from a safe distance.

Map Ref: NM 66230.72445

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Silver Walk (from Castle Tioram)
The Silver Walk starts by Castle Tioram and passes through stunningly beautiful scenery, and is a long coastal walk along the shores of Loch Moidart, with the possibility of seeing otters and a range of coastal birds.

The Silver Walk got its name from a hoard of Elizabethan coins found during the construction of the path. The walk contains some vertiginous sections and scrambles over large boulders near the coast, as well as some boggy sections and a few small stream crossings. Some sections of path also descend close to the beach and may not be easily passable at high tide.

There are some fantastic views on route of Loch Moidart with its pine-studded islands. Good views are afforded of the deserted township of Port a’ Bhata (the bay of boats), the island of Eliean Shoan and Castle Tioram. Along with many other townships, Port a’ Bhata supported a whisky distilling industry, with barley imported from Tiree and Uist, until the introduction of licencing in 1780.

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