On the Estate
The Estate is home to a wide range of activities, have a look here to find out what keeps us busy day to day.
Explore a host of lovely walks and strolls from your doorstep. Wander down to the sea shore, just 400 metres to the north, or take the paths and tracks around the edge of the Golf Course, and up into the forests above. This is a dog’s paradise!
Woodlands Glencoe is a special place for people of all ages. Children, adults and grandparents will each find delight in the calm, quie setting – all set so close to the natural playground that is Glencoe. There really is something for everyone, and our helpful team are on-hand to give lots of information, advice and guidance.
This historic and beautiful part of the UK has so much to offer, whatever you enjoy. You can plan your trip here, or browse from our suggestions below. For the outdoor enthusiast, it’s one of Britain’s finest and most challenging playgrounds: from scaling the mountain challenges of Ben Nevis to sailing for open water from Loch Linnhe. For those of gentler persuasion, the walks and rambles are unrivalled and there are a host of sites to visit by car within a 50-mile radius.
Walks and Other Worthwhile Adventures
The Glencoe Lochan
A reflective paradise – built by Lord Strathcona of Glencoe House for his homesick Canadian bride in the 19th Century. There are 3 optional trails for you, all short walks through gorgeous woodland and well sign posted. (20 minutes)
The Devil’s Staircase
A steep, but enjoyable climb to the highest point on the West Highland Way! (Scotlands most popular long distance walking trail) – and a great place to catch a sunrise (or sunset!) on the infamous Buchaille Etive Mor mountain, Guardian of Glencoe. (2 hours)
One of Scotlands most scenic Glens, Many people venture here in seek of Deer as they are well known for their friendly nature and abundance. You’ll also be able to have your very own Bond moment as this is the site of some very well known filming locations. We kindly ask you DO NOT feed the deer when you go and visit! – they are wild animals! (2 hours)
An easy wander from your lodge door to this quiet picturesque bay. If you’re lucky enough to venture during low tide you can walk out onto the island in the bay for a lovely view point up Loch Leven framing the Pap of Glencoe. (40 minutes)
The Glenachulish Horseshoe
A lovely but challenging walk into Glenachulish Valley. Simply follow the RiverBeds river up and up – until you find it’s source! The walk opens up to beautiful views of the valley and has several picture perfect waterfalls along the way – as modelled by our lovely Rosie. (2 hours)
Kayaking with Rockhopper
Fantastic Sights and Where to Find them
We really are based in one of the most beautiful and exciting places in the world – and after having a look at our suggested day trips, i’m sure you will agree!
Mallaig Day Trip
The drive to Mallaig is beautiful and perfectly positioned along the way are amazing viewpoints and interesting things to see – plus some of the best white sand beaches in Scotland! The best bit? Mallaig is a fishing village so the options for mouth-watering fish and chips are endless! Must we say any more? Here are some of the lovely things you can see on the way to your fish supper!
The Jacobite Steam Train
Perhaps better known as ‘The Hogwarts Express’. This steaming classic departs Fort William twice a day during the summer months. If you’re not up for the train ride, look out for the train as it follows the same route to Mallaig as the road!
Saint Mary & Saint Finnan Church
A historic stone church built in 1873 which stands proud up on the hill on Glenfinnan. It’s high vantage point affords it beautiful views down Loch Shiel and across to the majestic mountains that line it’s eastern shores. On a clear day you just might spot Hogwarts…
The Silver Sands of Morar
When you think Carribean beaches you don’t exactly think of the West Coast of Scotland… but maybe you should! The shoreline between Arisaig and Morar shelters an abundance of beautiful white sand beaches and clear blue water (sadly not up to Carribean temps). The beaches look out towards the Isles of Eigg and Rùm and on a clear day you can even see Skye!
Western Isles Cruises Wildlife Tour
A one hour voyage aboard the MV Western Isles where you get the opportunity to see a variety of birds, seals, porpoises, basking sharks, whales and dolphins. And the best news? They have a whisky bar on board!
Oban Day Trip
Another famous West Coast fishing village with – you guessed it – amazing options for fresh fish and chips (can you see a theme developing here?). Oban derives from An t-Òban, meaning “The Little Bay”. Oban is also known as the “Gateway to the Western Isles” as it has a bustling ferry port with ferries leaving regularly to Mull and the Outer Hebrides. Here are our top picks for a magical trip to Oban.
A stunning example of a really beautiful Scottish castle. Castle Stalker floats majestically on it’s own island in Loch Linnhe. Originally built in 1320, the Castle is a must see on any trip to the Highlands!
Perched high above Oban Bay you will find McCaig’s tower. Built in 1897 by local banker John Stuart McCaig, the landmark is the perfect place for an after lunch walk – where you can enjoy views down to Oban town and out towards the Atlantic ocean.
The SeaFood Shack
Think fresh lobster sandwiches and seafood platters brimming with oysters, langoustines and cockles – Perhaps the reason for Obans title ‘Seafood Capital of Scotland’. Enjoy some of the very best Scottish food in a casual setting.
A beautiful white sand beach and idyllic viewing platform from which to watch the CalMac ferries go by. Maybe a great place to sit with your fish and chips… Lovely dunes to wander between and watch the sunset over the Isle of Mull.
The Oban Distillery
The Oban Chocolate Company
Voted amongst the ‘Top Ten Most Delicious Chocolate Shops’ in 2015 – The Oban Chocolate shop is a must see if you love the sweet stuff. Serving up great coffees and legendary hot chocolates (oh, and did we mention their chocolate waffle stacks?!) .
Fort William Day Trip
Everywhere has a “Town”, and Fort William is ours! The closest main hub with lots of shops and even a brand spanking new cinema! The Wildcat café is a favourite for lunch and a coffee or if you’re looking for something a little more substantial the Achintee Inn sits at the foot of Ben Nevis and does hearty food and great local beers!
Nevis Range Gondola Ride
Enjoy a gondola ride up Aonach Mòr mountain (Britain’s third highest mountain!) boasting spectacular views across Fort William and beyond. In winter this is a great place to go ski-ing! You can check the mountain report here . In the summer, Nevis Range is home to the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup and riders can be seen rapidly descending the gnarly trails at almost unfathomable speed – not to be missed!
The Highland Cinema
A new build for the high street, the Cinema is a great place to grab a coffee and a scone – or a wood fired pizza and a cocktail! Plus, it is a functioning cinema too! You can check what movies are on here.
A perfect walk to end the day – short and steep, the climb to Inchree falls is well worth the effort. A series of eight falls dropping over 100 metres – the falls are a true spectacle! The car park is also a great little spot to do some red squirrel watching!