Things to do
Heatherlea Bed & Breakfast is ideally located for day trips to Fort William, Oban and Ardnamurchan, all of which offer a variety of visitor attractions. Fort William is known as ‘the outdoor capital of the UK’. For many, just the drive through Glencoe, Glen Etive and Glen Orchy will be reward enough for their travels but I have listed below some other highlights:
- Glencoe Mountain - offers both skiing in the winter and other sporting activities in the summer. It is an area of natural outstanding beauty on Rannoch Moor under the shadow of the iconic Buachaille Etive Mor.
- Ice Factor at Kinlochleven – indoor climbing centre, bar and café.
- Walking is endless in the area, for various routes always good to look on Walk Highlands.
- Nevis Range – take a trip up the gondola, have a walk then lunch in the mountain café or during the winter ski at Aonach Mhor, alongside Ben Nevis.
- As part of the Nevis Range there is the opportunity to climb the highest mountain in the UK, Ben Nevis.
- Cross the Corran Ferry to the Ardnamurchan peninsula with stunning scenery and a quieter pace of life. It is also the most westerly point on the British mainland.
- The Jacobite Steam train runs from Fort William at the bottom of Ben Nevis through Glenfinnan and onto the west coast fishing port of Mallaig during the summer months. For the fans of Harry Potter the train was used as the Hogwarts Express and was shown in the second film travelling over the Glenfinnan Viaduct.
- Visit Glenfinnan to see Prince Charlie’s Monument and the famous railway viaduct as seen in the Harry Potter film.
- Glencoe Visitor Centre is a good local source for history, nature, wildlife and offers guided walks in the summer. Also see Visit Scotland.
- Visit Port Appin on the road to Oban for some stunning scenery, including Castle Stalker, or hire a bike and cycle the length of the small Isle of Lismore.
- Dragon's Tooth 9 hole golf course and café.
- For mountain biking, there is good off-road riding in the area. Bike hire in Glencoe village can provide bikes for all ages. Oban to Fort William cycle path (national route 78) also passes right by Glencoe.
- For those of you who are keen to get out on the water or do other outdoor activities such coasteering, canyoning, and white water rafting then contact Vertical Descents
- For skippered fast boat charters sea explorer will take you out on the sea loch for a trip of your choice.
As you can see, plenty to do and explore, just not enough days to fit it all in whether it is on foot, cycling or sightseeing in the car.
Fantastic local food
Whatever your taste, there is a local eatery for you! Just a short drive away from Heatherlea and serving good quality pub grub, why not try the Climbers Bar at the Clachaig Inn.
For excellent seafood Lochleven Seafood Café on the shores of Loch Leven is the place to go. Why not also try The Laroch Bar and Bistro, run by Michelin star chef Allan Donald, for an extra special treat. Also just a short drive to North Ballachulish, try the Loch Leven Hotel, great for a variety of food, locally sourced. Lastly, there is the Onich Hotel which is located on the shores of Loch Linnhe and serve all day meals.
Glencoe village itself features a retro fish and chip bar and local pub called The Glencoe Gathering. There is also the option of coffee and cake at Craft and Things coffee shop or the Glencoe Cafe, great after a long walk! Both coffee shops just walking distance from my B&B.
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