The village of Barcaldine lies on Loch Creran between Connel and Appin. The nearest large town is Oban. There is not a large community here but there are quite a number of houses in the general area. There used to be a seaweed factory producing alginate and this as well as forestry was the main source of employment for the area.
The old alginate industry building is now used as a marine yard with plenty of moorings for yachts close to shore. In its day there was quite a lot of controversy over the discharge of the carbon rich effluent from the alginate production plant and its effect on the fjord like and fairly shallow Loch Creran .Recent studies now appear to support that fact that the loch is returning to normal since the closure of the plant all these years before. There is also a caravan and campsite here with access to some excellent forest walks with many beautiful views and also some interesting rock formations. Sutherlands Grove forest and its walks are accessible from Barcaldine.
Just south of the village there is a Sea Life Sanctuary which is a very interesting visit for all ages. Here you can see rescue seals being fed as well as visiting its large marine aquarium. There is also a restaurant and woodland walks.
The general area of Barcaldine is very popular for forest walks and woodlands trails as well as fishing, mountain biking and water sports.
The nearest village to the south is Benderloch and to the north is Appin