Glencoe - Fort William - Lochaber
BALLACHULISH (about 15 minutes drive from Fort William)
The village is surrounded by magnificent scenery. The Ballachulish Visitor Centre explains the history of the old slate quarry which you can now visit on a 500 metre safe path. The centre is open daily (except Christmas Day) and includes a coffee shop, gift shop, Internet access, fishing tackle, etc. Tel: 01855 811 866
Across the bridge, you can visit the local confectionery factory which has a visitor centre where you can sample 24 flavours of the Scottish delicacy called tablet, plus items such as Great Glen Chocolate Truffles and Coconut Ice. Open daily all year round (except Sundays in the winter). Tel: 01855 821277. Nearby is The Scottish Speciality Food Shop which has the largest range of Scottish foods in the world.
Just before you reach Ballachulish went travelling south from Fort William, you will pass the Corran ferry which takes passengers and vehicles to Ardgour and is a useful short cut to getting into Morvern and Ardnamurchan. The ferry runs across the Corran Narrows about every half hour from around 7am to 9pm (8pm in winter).
At the other side you reach The Inn at Ardgour which has a good restaurant and bar, plus 12 rooms for B&B.
Glencoe is an excellent place for rock climbing and hill walking during the summer. Why not follow the trails to the Lost Valley and the Devil's Staircase? Make sure you are well-equipped for being in the mountains and know where you are going. The Glencoe Mountain Resort (tel: 01855 851 226) is located 12 miles south of Glencoe Village. In summer the centre offers mountain biking (Downhill and XC), archery, orienteering, hill-walking, climbing, chairlift rides, photography, trail building, guided walks and home cooked food in the log cabin cafe. In winter skiing, snowboarding, sledging and avalanche rescue training are available. 19 runs across 7 lifts catering for skiers and boarders of all levels, including the longest and steepest runs in Scotland.
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The Discover Glencoe web site is a complete guide to Glencoe and surrounding area, with details on accommodation, where to eat and shop, as well as outdoor activities, events, maps, history, special offers, local blogs, etc.
The site also includes info on local walks and a useful section on Gaelic place names.
The Glencoe & North Lorn Folk Museum is situated in two 18th century thatched croft houses in Glencoe village's main street (next to the village shop and post office). Open Easter - October from 10.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Saturday (tel: 01855 811664). Admission charge for adults.
The Visitor Centre run by the National Trust for Scotland includes a cafe, gift shop and video explaining the historical background to the infamous massacre of the MacDonalds by the Campbells and British Army on 13th February 1692. Open all year except Christmas. Admission charge applies to the exhibition. For opening times of the centre, see the NTS web site. Telephone 01855 811307 or 01855 811729. Land Rover Safaris are available to spot the wildlife.
Hotels / Inns / Guest Houses
Guy and Edward Daynes
The Clachaig Inn
Argyll PH49 4HX
Tel: +44 (0)1855 811252
Traditional, comfortable and inexpensive accommodation.
Restaurant, 3 bars and a beer garden.
23 ensuite bedrooms (single, double, twin, family)
B&B prices from £49 per person.
Self Catering Accommodation
Choice of self catering properties in and around Glencoe.
Clachaig Lodges & Chalets (sleeping 4 - 5)
Quarry Cottages (sleeping 4)
Riverbank Holiday Cottages (sleeping 4 - 6)
Hawthorn Cottage (sleeps up to 10)
Camus Bhan (sleeps 7)
Arivonie (sleeps 6 adults)
- Glencoe Independent Hostel - choice of accommodation in the hostel, bunkhouse, cottage, log cabins, caravans, camping, etc. Tel: 01855 811906. Grid reference NN. 116577.
- Invercoe Caravan & Camping Park near Ballachulish has level pitches, several hard standing areas, electric hook-ups, toilet blocks, licensed shop, laundrette, picnic area, children’s play area, anti-midge machines, etc. 5 stars. Open all year. Self catering lodges, cottages, holiday caravans and hobbit homes available to rent. Tel: 01855 811210.
- Blackwater Hostel & Riverside Campsite, Lab Road, Kinlochleven. Scottish Tourist Board 3 Star Hostel. Bunkhouse accommodation with 40 beds (2, 3 and 4 bedded rooms and an 8 bedded room). 30 camping pitches with own toilet block, showers, etc. Tel: 01855 831253 or 831402 / Fax: 01631 740549.
- Caolasnacon Caravan & Camping Park is just outside Kinlochleven and 3 miles from Glencoe, on the south shore of Loch Leven. Pitches for tents, space for 50 touring caravans, 30 electric hook-ups, laundrette, dishwashing area, free shower facilities, 2 Midge Magnet Machines. 18 static caravans to let. Tel: 01855 831279.
- SYHA Glencoe Hostel with 56 beds. Map Ref: O.S.41 (GR 118577) Tel: 01855 811 219.