Places to Visit
Glencoe with all its splendour is a nice place to start if you have never visited the area or even if you have! You can take in a museum, the Glencoe and Lorn Folk Museum, with its heather thatched roof, will give you an insight into this fantastic area.
If you haven’t had enough history why not head up to the National Trust Visitor Centre, you can find out more about the area and enjoy the spectacular views the centre has to offer and maybe get a coffee at the same time.
If you fancy a drive through the famous glen, Glen Etive is a great place to head for, stopping on the way to take many pictures of the splendour of Glencoe. This glen was made famous recently by the James Bond film Skyfall, where some of the filming was done. Take a trip down Glen Etive, enjoy the waterfalls, watch the canoeists battle with the rapids and spot the many red deer that make their home in the glen.
Kinlochleven is a short 10 min drive away if you don’t want to go to far. Made famous in recent years because The West Highland Way goes through and many walkers spend a night here before they do the final stretch to Fort William.
You can go and learn a bit about the history of the Aluminium Smelter at the Aluminium Story or visit the River Leven Ales independent brewery. The brewery is located in the centre of Kinlochleven where it benefits from the exceptional quality of water, it is housed in the former carbon smelter.
Fort William is obviously famous for being home to Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Britain but if you don’t fancy climbing that famous hill, there are lots of other things you can do instead.
You can visit the Whiskey Distillery in Fort William where Ben Nevis Whiskey is distilled and enjoy a free sample, you can even go and see the rare gems and minerals at the Treasures of the Earth exhibition in Corpach near Fort William.
You could then head up to Glenfinnan on the road to the isles where you can visit the National Trust site at Glenfinnan where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard to start the 45 rebellion, here you will also see the Glenfinnan viaduct which many Harry Potter fans will recognise from the films.
If you would like to feel the sand beneath your toes you don’t need to go to the Caribbean, the Western Highlands has some of the most stunning beaches in the world. One of our favourites is Morar Sands also known as the “Silver Sands” was where the films Local Hero and Highlander were filmed boasts white sand and gorgeous blue sea , with Eigg and Rhum in the distance it is a fantastic place to spend a day. www.road-to-the-isles.org.uk/morar Your journey can end in the fishing port of Mallaig where you can watch all the boats land their catch and even go and enjoy some fish and chips yourself.
If you don’t fancy driving why not take the Jacobite Steam Train, described as one of the great railway journeys of the world this 84 mile round trip takes you from Fort William to Mallaig, passing through some of the most stunning scenery in the world.
Ardnamurchan Point is the most westerly point on the British mainland and lies due west of Fort William. At the end of the peninsular there is a lighthouse, which is the only lighthouse in the world designed in an “Egyptian” style. Still fully functional it ensures the safety of ships navigating the waters of the West coast of Scotland.
It takes approx 2 hours to get there but the road takes you through spectacular scenery and when you get to the lighthouse you may even be lucky enough to spot some Minky Whales, Basking Sharks, Bottle Nose Dolphins or Harbour Porpoise, all of which have been spotted here.
A trip to Oban is always a must when you visit and a scenic way to go is down through Glen Orchy, a single track road takes you along the side of River Orchy. A nice spot to stop and take pictures, have a picnic or just enjoy watching the river flow.
When you get to Oban you can meander along the harbour front, popping into the nice shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants. A busy harbour you can see all the ferries going out to the Islands (Mull and the Outer Hebrides).
If you fancy catching a film while you are here the Oban Phoenix Cinema is a great little community run digital cinema where you can see the latest releases. It is extremely comfortable and the sweets and popcorn are great too!!
A bit further afield, Inverness, our city in the Highlands is a 2 hour drive away, with plenty of things to stop and look at on the way.
Loch Ness, for example, which extends for approx.23 miles, well know for the infamous Loch Ness Monster, maybe you will spot it!! You could also visit Urquhart Castle which is magnificently situated on the banks of Loch Ness.
Fort Augustus the gateway to Loch Ness with its famous locks on the Caledonian Canal is a good spot to stop and have a coffee.
Talking of castles one of the most famous in Scotland, Eilean Donan is approx. 1.5 hours away and the journey itself is amazing before you even get to the castle! Situated on an island at the point where three great sea lochs meet, and surrounded by some majestic scenery, it is now one of the most visited attractions in the Scottish Highlands. Once you have visited here you can then take the bridge across to Skye and explore all it has to offer. Skye or the Isle of Skye is the largest and most northerly large island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland.
There is so much to see in the surrounding area it is very hard to summarise into a couple of pages but this may just give you an idea of places to visit while you are here.
However, if you don’t feel like going far you can enjoy fishing from the shore, canoeing in the Loch or just chilling on the beach front. Children can play outdoors in a safe natural environment (a great spot for exploring!). Check out our Water Activities page.
As you can see there is plenty to do in and around Loch Leven and also a bit further a field. You can be as active or, not as you like!
You are in an area in which is difficult to choose which direction to travel. There is so much spectacular scenery to take in, your camera will be very busy!