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Do you recognise the title of this photograph? "You shall not pass" was used in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy by Gandalf in the Mines of Moria when fighting against the Balrog. Appropriate for this photo, don't you think?

Another question for you: what is the mainland Great Britain's westernmost point? Anyone suggesting it's somewhere in Cornwall is well wide of the mark. It is actually a rocky outcrop called Corrachadh Mòr, just over half a mile south (and two hundred yards west) of Ardnamurchan Point, the tip of a peninsula that extends like an accusing finger between the islands of Mull to its south and Eigg, Rum and more distant Skye to its north.

It takes a little effort to get to Ardnamurchan from the A830 Fort William to Mallaig road before coming south through Acharacle. This involves driving at least 30 miles of single track roads to get to Ardnamurchan Point, and 30 more to return.

But while reaching this most western outpost of mainland Scotland takes effort, being here is worth every ounce of it. West Ardnamurchan is a wild, lonely, and stunningly beautiful place. As you travel west from Kilchoan to Ardnamurchan Point you increasingly feel you must be coming to land's end, but sightings of the lighthouse are at best fleeting in this rock strewn and bumpy landscape.

This photograph was taken on that single track road somewhere near Ardnamurchan Point, the land's end.

Strong and confident male protects his beautiful female, and she is interested only in flowers. Sounds familiar? ;)

I really recommend this long trip to that amazing place!

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