Father’s Day is fast approaching, so we’ve asked our team for some inspiration for things to do for Father’s Day in Glencoe. Here were their plans to celebrate dads – at all stages of fatherhood! Glencoe is a beautiful place just to be for a special occasion like Father’s Day but if you’re looking to go the extra mile, or do things like a local, you’ve come to the right place.
I’ll be spending Father’s Day with my young son Caleb. The first few months with Caleb weren’t easy, so if I’m totally honest I can’t remember if we even celebrated Father’s day last year!
He’s a big 1 year old now though and things are so much easier. I love that although he’s still so small, he’s able to communicate so well! We now have a proper relationship and can do things together “father and son”.
I can’t wait to be able to take him fishing, to plant things together in the garden or go to our first rugby game together. Being a father is such a privilege and I want to make sure that I’m always there for him and the best possible role model.
As for this year, we’ll no doubt follow our favourite family Sunday routine – down to Port Appin for the day, walk “around the point”, to Lismore or perhaps Sutherlands Grove depending on the Weather and then a big Sunday lunch at The Pierhouse Hotel. If we’re feeling energetic then to the Isles of Glencoe for a swim, but more than likely it’ll be home after lunch and feet up in front of the fire!
My dad is a big foodie, so I think this year we will keep it simple and get a take away dinner from the new Chinese in Kinlochleven. It’s just so good and means that we don’t have to cook, so it’s a double win!
This year is my Dad’s first year as a Grandad. So I’ll be celebrating with him, my brother and his wee girl. I think we’ll head down to Bishop’s Bay which is our local stony beach. We’ll bring our pizza oven down and have pizzas in the sunshine (hopefully). I might even get some beers from Wild Barn Brewery in Fort William and some Stiff Peaks goodies for pudding. If it’s raining, we’ll spend the day inside but the pizzas and other goodies will be mandatory either way.
My daughter is away at Uni this year but that won’t stop me from having a lovely day to myself! Although I don’t really celebrate Father’s Day, my perfect day in Lochaber would be either going on a long drive, or a walk to explore a new area. I recently spent time on Ardnamurchan which is my go-to adventure spot. It’s quieter over there and the peninsula has so many windy roads that lead to interesting places, just waiting for exploration. I like to grab a hot drink and a snack from the Nomad Café which is just across the ferry and a great start to any adventure. I might even stop by Nc’nean distillery for a tour if they’ve got a space on the day.
My dad is a chocoholic – so the easy option is always to get him a big chocolate haul that he will inevitably hide away so no one else in the family can eat it. I think this year we’ll take him to the Oban Chocolate Company for some lunch and as much chocolate as he can manage.
Followed by a walk at Ganavan Sands because the doggies just LOVE the beach and my Dad just LOVES to spoil the doggies. Then we’ll stop off at the seafood shack on the pier and grab some fresh seafood to take home and cook for dinner. Langoustines are always amazing from there and a big family favourite with garlic butter and warm crusty bread! Because there are so many of us (and lots of little kiddies too), big family meals at home are usually easier but that doesn’t mean they can’t be memorable and delicious.
My Dad lives in the States where they celebrate Father’s Day on a different day than we do here. So I celebrate it a little later in the year and at a distance.
I like to get him some little Scottish treats that travel well and make him up a wee care package. I usually head to Crafts and Things first to see what fun things I can grab from their shop, then to the Highland Book Shop for a nice recipe book and a card for him, then to the Highland Soap Company for some smellies for my Step mom and finish my rounds in Home Bargains to get a big pile of Cadbury’s chocolate. It’s so much better than the stuff you get over in the States so it’s a great wee treat for him. If customs allowed, he’d also be getting a bottle of Oban whisky for his collection.
We hope that we’ve given you a few ideas for fun things to do in Glencoe and the surrounding area for Father’s Day. Let us know below if you use any of these ideas for your own Father’s Day, or if you’ve got different plans! We would love to hear all about them, so please do leave a comment below.