We are surrounded by water here in the West Highlands and there are plenty of activities which make the most of it for you to enjoy.
If you just fancy hiring a canoe for a couple of hours try glencoeactivities.com/kayaking.php or a fast boat coastal wildlife tour try seaxplorer.co.uk
Rock Hopper Scotland based in Fort William offers guided sea kayak trips and canoe hire.
SeaXplore – part of Glencoe Activities offers Yacht charter from Ballachulish and Wildlife fast boar RIB Treks, based at the Isles of Glencoe Hotel on the shores of Loch Leven. Daily boat trips take in spectacular scenery including views of Ben Nevis, Glencoe and towards the Sound of Mull.
Paddle Lochaber is a paddle sports provider who specialise in Sea Kayaking. They also offer Sit on Top Kayaking and Stand Up Paddling. All their guides are fully qualified and they will introduce you to Lochaber’s fantastic coastline and abundance of wildlife. They offer half, full and multi day trips for all abilities. No experience is necessary and they supply all the specialist equipment you will need. Paddle Lochaber is based in the Isles of Glencoe Hotel only a couple of miles from us.
Vertical Descents are ranked as Fort Williams no1 activity provider and they can offer you water experiences you will never forget, such as Canyoning. Canyoning is jumping, abseiling down waterfalls and sliding down natural water flumes. Coasteering, a combination of rock climbing, canyoning and cliff jumping all rolled into one, a great way to experience the most beautiful and exciting coastline of Scotland.
White water rafting, a way to experience some of the wildest rivers in the area and finally Fun Yakking, Fun Yaks are two person inflatable, highly maneuverable open canoes. Take a look at their website for all the details and go and have a great day!
If all that adrenaline packed activity is a bit much why not do some fishing. Fishing either Sea or Fresh Water is your thing then in and around Loch Leven Holidays is the place to be!
Only a couple of hundred yards from the chalets and you are on the edge of Loch Leven a sea loch, where you can find Mackerel, Sea Trout, Pollack, Codling, Cod Fish and more. The best bait to use is a choice between silver spinners, bacon bits or mussels off the beach.
You may even be able to catch Conger Eels from Loch Leven, many into double figure size. One of the best places to find them is at the slipway just under the Ballachulish Bridge on the Oban road. This is where Loch Leven meets Loch Linnhe, the narrow area is highly tidal and very shallow, there are some good fish living in the kelp. Bait like mackerel and squid and a strong beach caster or even better a 30lb class boat rod. You may have quite a fight on your hands to get it landed but it is worth it!
If Fresh Water fishing is what you prefer, then you don’t need to go far, Glencoe Lochan in Glencoe Village is an ideal spot, particularly for Trout fishing. You can get all the tackle and permits you require from the Hardware store in Ballachulish, where they will be able to give you lots of help and tips on the best place to go – Arches Hardware 01855 811111
For further afield, there is Torlundy Trout Fishery, three scenic trout lochans with superb views of Ben Nevis, well stocked with Rainbow Trout, just outside Fort William at Torlundy.
The local rivers are popular for fly fishing and hold stocks of Salmon and Sea Trout. Loch fishing takes place in hill and forestry lochs, around the area, for Brown Trout, Char, and Pike. Sea angling charters starting in Fort William or Oban can be arranged and large Skate, Mackerel and Conger Eel are often caught. http://www.fishing-scotland.co.uk
No matter what your level of expertise there is some fishing for everyone and you know you can enjoy it in fantastic surroundings with amazing scenery!!