Things to see & do from Glencoe
Glencoe Mountain Cottages provide the perfect base for both outdoor and touring holidays, as well as holidays where you just want the peace and tranquility to relieve the stress of modern living.
Touring and Day Trips in your Car
Glencoe Mountain Cottages provide a wonderful base for touring the sea lochs and glens of the Western Highlands. During the past year our guests have travelled far and wide on day trips. Listed below is a small sample of some of the most popular days out.
Isle of Mull – Crossing by ferry then onto the islands of Iona and Staffa.
Isle of Skye – Driving along ‘The Road to The Isles’ to Mallaig and then by ferry to Skye.
Oban – Watching the ferries sail to and from the islands and seeing the fishing boats landing their catch. Many of our guests have enjoyed a guided tour of the distillery!
Fort William – Visiting the Ben Nevis Visitor Centre, the Ben Nevis Distillery and going on wildlife cruises on Loch Linnhe. Many guests enjoyed a ride on the Mountain Gondola at Nevis Range to enjoy the stunning views, and also stopping for refreshments at the Snowgoose Restaurant.
Jacobite Steam Railway – Very popular day trip on the ‘Harry Potter Hogwarts’ train to Mallaig and back. The West Highland Line has been voted as one of the outstanding Railway Journeys oi the World.
Corran Ferry to Ardnamurchan – Wonderful drive around the peninsular with lots of stops for walks to stunning sandy beaches followed by a trip to one of the many tea shops!
Loch Ness and the Great Glen – keep you binoculars at the ready!
Land Rover Safaris in Glencoe – Go with a ranger from The Glencoe National Trust for Scotland Visitor Centre to learn about the history, wildlife and geology of the glen. Dedicated children’s safari’s are also available.
Swim Lunches – available at two local hotels. Enjoy lunch in their bars or restaurants and go for a free swim.
Lochaber is known as the Outdoor Capital of the UK and there is a wealth of outdoor activities you can participate in within a short distance from the cottages. Just a few of these include:
Walking – Walking is extremely popular in the Glencoe area. There is a wealth of opportunities for all levels of walkers. Please click on the tab to the left for more information. We can put you in touch with a local mountain leader if you wish to climb the Glencoe mountains or Ben Nevis but would like to be shown the way!
Escorted Walks for Families – A local guide can offer you an escorted walk just for your family or with other families too.
Via Ferrata – The first in Scotland has just opened in Kinglochleven, just 7 miles away!
Mountain Biking – The World Mountain Biking Championships are held at Nevis Range, where there are downhill and cross-country routes, but there is a host of other mountain biking opportunities in the area. The Glencoe Mountain Resort also has a downhill course.
The Ice Factor – This is a unique centre with its ice wall, climbing wall and high level ropes course.
Photography – Huge opportunities for capturing that elusive ‘perfect image’! Two local professional photographers can be booked for half or full day instruction.
Water Sports – Just three miles away there are sailing and canoeing schools and you can also hire canoes and sea kayaks.
Sea Explorer Fast Rib – Enjoy a trip on the fast rib and learn about the local history too!
Adventure Schools and Horse Riding – There are a number of adventure schools locally providing half or full day activities.
Skiing and Snow Boarding – Both Nevis Range and Glencoe Mountain Ski Resort are easily accessible and this has proved to be a very popular winter activity with many guests enjoying wonderful days of skiing and Boarding.
Golf – A great 9 hole course in Ballachulish, a 10 minute drive, which has incredible views over Loch Leven and the mountains.
Segway – great fun and just a 10 minute drive away.