Kilmelford is a small village about 14 miles South of Oban. It stands at the head of Loch Melfort, a sheltered sea loch which is speckled with the sails of cruisng yachts in the season. The village is in an area of outstanding natural beauty, and is ideally located for those who wish to explore the hills on foot, or the surrounding coast and islands by boat. The village shop and post office provides a range of home made and local produce. Above the shop is Catch a Carrot, a new vegan cafe.
The sheltered anchorage of Loch Melford makes the village a popular haven for the yachting community visiting Mull and the islands of the Inner Hebrides. With many miles of excellent walks with stunning views over the surrounding countryside and coast, it is hard not to fell in love with this place instantly. The village has an enviable reputation for wild brown trout fishing on the many hill lochs around the area too and sea fishing in the area also offers a great variety of species.
There are many beautiful walks in the area. One of the most popular takes you down the N. coast of Loch Melfort to the Degnish peninsular then up over the hill to the famous ‘Wishing Tree’ and further to Ardmaddy castle and the Isle of Seil. This route is also popular with cyclists.
Arduaine is a characterful tiny hamlet just south of Kilmelford. On the reef just outlying, it has very good, classic Scottish diving, with scallops, lobster and many local Melfort prawns and “Squat” lobsters. Arduaine is home to the famous Arduaine Gardens.