It’s hard to know where to start with things to do in our area, obviously it is very well known for outdoor activities and as the Outdoor Capital of the UK you can enjoy anything from mountain biking to canyoning and everything in between. Those looking for a more relaxed holiday there are plenty of less strenuous things to do round and about.
Anoch Mor has become almost as famous for mountain biking as skiing, home to the Mountain Bike Downhill Worldcup, it’s downhill routes are second to none and very scary!!! If being scared witless is not your thing there are plenty of trails not quite so terrifying. You can venture through woods, round rivers and up and down cross country. Trails for all ages and abilities, it is a great day out, you can even grab a hot chocolate in the Pinemarten Cafe when you get back. There is loads of information about the trails, bike hire and prices on the Nevis range website.
Anoch mor is also great to visit to try Britain’s only Mountain Gondola, it takes you 650 metres up the slopes of Anoch Mor. Experience the fantastic views and maybe have a go of the new Zoom Trax, A 40m tubing slide, using large inflatable rings on a 40m long track, sounds like a fun way to get back down!!
If you fancy a bit of cycling closer to us you can take advantage of the cycle path which runs from Glencoe to Duror. Cycle hire is available from www.crankitupgear.com in Glencoe and from www.glencoeactivities.com in Glenachulish. You can meander along the cycle paths or go off road into the forest trails, with various opportunities to stop for a well deserved refreshment!
As well as bike hire Glencoe Activities offer Segway rides, an experience you’ll never forget! Glide over the ground on an electric platform. Suitable for most of the family (need to be over 1.3 metres tall), it is a great family activity! Paintballing, archery, golf and forest walks are also available. Many water based activities are on offer see our water activities page.
Whether you are an experienced walker or someone who just likes a nice stroll, walking is available everywhere in the area. Go Glencoe offer guided trips into the hills and mountains in Glencoe and further afield and can cater for all levels of fitness and experience. Families most welcome! Guides are fully qualified experts in their field, and full of enthusiasm and local knowledge.
If you fancy just wandering off by yourself Walk Highlands is a great website for walking and hiking in Scotland.
Thousands of free detailed descriptions of walks, helping you find the most suitable routes for your ability.
For a more relaxing walk in the woods, try heading to Glencoe where there is an man made lake called the Lochan. The Glencoe Lochan was created by Lord Strathcona in the nineteenth century to help his Native American wife get over her longing for her home in Canada. It is a lovely quiet walk either round the lochan or up into the forest, fantastic scenery!
If you would rather climb than walk then The Ice Factor in Kinlochleven is where you should pay a visit. The indoor ice climbing wall is one of the best in the world, 500 tonnes of real snow and ice to a height of 50ft, with grades from beginner to expert make the indoor ice climbing experience a must. Indoor rock climbing, aerial adventure course and a kids area are also available. All abilities are catered for and there is plenty of guidance, training and instructing available.
Don’t forget if you are visiting the area in the winter and want to experience the “real” snow & ice, Nevis Range and Glencoe Mountain Resort offer lessons in skiing and snowboarding throughout the winter from beginner to advanced, either in small groups or private instruction. Glencoe Mountain Resort is the original snowsports centre and offers nice gentle terrains to some of the steepest and longest in Scotland with exceptional scenery! You can also enjoy mountain biking and various summer activities there also.
If all that sounds a bit too adventurous Dragons Tooth Golf Course is only 5 miles away. With stunning views of Loch Linnhe, it takes a lot of beating to find a more fantastic course to play on. The course is open to everyone, clubs, trolleys, balls all available to hire. First time golfers welcome, there is no dress code.
There is also an excellent 18 hole Golf Club in Fort William, nestled at the bottom of Ben Nevis, it offers a course which measures 6217 yards off the white tees, 5464 yards off the yellow tees and 4850 yards off the Ladies tees (for the golfers among us!).
If you want to take advantage of all the spectacular scenery in the area but maybe your phtotgraphy skills are a bit lacking, Glencoe Photography offers photography safaris and tuition. They offer full or half day safari to learn the art of landscape photography and capture the classic shots of Glen Coe. they will take you on location and learn the skills and techniques of digital photography.
Some more indoor or wet weather activities available are: The Nevis Centre which offers events all year round – sports activities, live music, soft play area, nursery, a 10 pin bowling alley with adjacent bar and lounge.
Lochaber Leisure Centre which has a 6 lane 25m swimming pool, sauna & steam room, fitness centre, squash courts and exercise studio which offers various classes, so no excuse for not being active if its raining!!
Alternatively you can put a C.D. on, pick up a book and gaze out at the loch and the Glencoe mountains or spot a Pine Marten from the warm and comfy sofas in your chalets or cottage!!