The lochside road in Letterfearn
The lochside road in Letterfearn

Letterfearn is a small settlement on the western bank of Loch Duich, in Lochalsh, Scottish Highlands. The settlement is stretched out along the minor road that runs along the loch from Ratagan to the southeast.

The settlement we see today evolved from a crofting township of houses set at angles to each other along the loch shore.

Most of the whitewashed houses we see today are rented out as holiday cottages.

A typical Letterfearn cottage
A typical Letterfearn cottage

From Letterfearn you can get excellent views of Eilean Donan Castle on the far side of Loch Duich. Looking down the loch gives outstanding views of the famous Five Sisters of Kintail peaks.

If you follow the road through Letterfearn to its end at Totaig, then continue on a footpath that hugs the shore, you will come to the remains of Totaig Broch (Caisteal Grugaig), built in the late 1st millennium BC.

Our family stayed at a holiday cottage in Letterfearn for a wonderful week in late summer. The location was simply superb, with unforgettable views over the loch.

The Five Sisters of Kintail from Letterfearn
The Five Sisters of Kintail from Letterfearn

Eilean Donan Castle from Letterfearn
Eilean Donan Castle from Letterfearn

Totaig Broch
Totaig Broch

Getting There

Letterfearn is halfway up the western shore of Loch Duich. From Shiel Bridge, take the turning off the A87 signposted to Ratagan and follow the shore road through Ratagan, through the village, and continue for another two miles before you reach Letterfearn.

About Letterfearn, Lochalsh
Address: Loch Duich, Letterfearn, Lochalsh, Highlands and Islands, Scotland, IV40 8HT
Attraction Type: Village
Location: On the western bank of Loch Duich, north of Ratagan.
Location map
OS: NG8837623814
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express


Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low to exceptional) on historic interest

Totaig Broch - 1.3 miles (Prehistoric Site) Heritage Rating

Eilean Donan Castle - 1.5 miles (Castle) Heritage Rating

Dun Troddan Broch - 5.1 miles (Prehistoric Site) Heritage Rating

Kintail and Morvich - 5.3 miles (Countryside) Heritage Rating

Dun Telve Broch - 5.3 miles (Prehistoric Site) Heritage Rating

Balmacara Estate and Lochalsh Woodland Garden - 5.8 miles (Garden) Heritage Rating

Strome Castle - 7.3 miles (Castle) Heritage Rating

Castle Moil (Caisteal Maol) - 7.9 miles (Castle) Heritage Rating

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