Activities on the water
With Loch Linnhe and Glencoe just a hop, skip and jump from the hotel (literally), we’d be crazy not to make the most of it! That is why we have put together a range of activities that make the most of what’s around us.
Learn to windsurf or sail at Linnhe Marine Boat Hire. If you’re already familiar with the wind and the waves, hire a boat and explore the loch’s castles and prehistoric sites.
There are several cruise companies in Fort William that run daily cruises on Loch Linnhe, a trip that gives you a dramatic view of Glencoe. Enjoy live commentary from the skipper of Crannog Cruises as you drift past seals, otters and porpoises.
Drive to Loch Shiel and you can go for a cruise on M.V. Sileas – choose from a variety of trips from one hour to a full day. For something a little more pacey, try SeaXplorer – fast-paced wildlife and fishing trips by RIB.
South of Oban you’ll find Seafari. There are daily excursions to explore some of the best sea life in the area, as well as Corryvreckan; the world’s third largest whirlpool. (Famously, it nearly claimed the life of George Orwell.)
Keep your eyes peeled for basking sharks and porpoises.
Climbing, abseiling, coasteering
The experienced guides at Vertical Descents will take you through a full range of outdoor activities – from body boarding to canyoning and coasteering. You can also give Scotland’s first Via Ferrata a go – it’s a 500 metre ladder winding its way up a cliff face.
Find out more on the Vertical Descents website.
Fishing on the west coast is spectacular – especially for rainbow trout. There are plenty of beautiful spots, beginning with the shore of Loch Linnhe in front of the Ballachulish Hotel.
Torlundy Farm has two lochans stocked with rainbow trout. You can hire rods there, and book in for a lesson if you like. Great views and relaxing fishing. Pick up any extra tackle at Arches Hardware in Ballachulish – and find the latest information at Fishing Argyll.
We recommend three golf courses on Scotland’s west coast. Dragon’s Tooth is one of the most spectacular 18-hole courses in Scotland, with Glencoe rising in the distance. The clubhouse is licensed, and open to non-golfers too.
The Fort William Golf Club fits neatly between mountains and sea at the base of Ben Nevis – another excellent spot for a round. The course at Traigh sits beside sandy beaches and rocky inlets, and you get marvellous views of the isles of Eigg, Rumm, and Skye in the distance.
Glencoe Mountain is Scotland’s most popular place to ski – with dramatic snow-holding gullies and excellent slopes. There are runs to suit everyone, from novices all the way up. More advanced skiers might like the longest vertical descent (2,600ft/792m) and the steepest on-piste black run in Scotland (The Fly Paper).
Find out more on the Glencoe Mountain website.
Head to Nevis Range for Scotland’s highest ski area – and the only mountain gondola in the country. In the summer season it’s worth taking the gondola to the top station for access to waymarked trails and viewpoints – plus the restaurant, bar and shop.