Activities in the area of Altdarroch Farm
Nevis Range is approximately fifteen miles away, providing both winter and summer activities with access by gondala for ski-ing and snowboarding in the winter, mountain walks and mountain biking in the summer.
Golf enthusiasts will find a choice of 9 and 18 hole courses in the area: Traigh just further along the Road to the Isles near Arisaig, Fort William Golf Club, and Spean Bridge Golf Club just 10 miles north of Fort William.
For those interested in local history, a visit to Glenfinnan on the shores of Loch Shiel just 7 miles away provides a worthwhile ½ day trip, with plenty to see and do:
- the famous monument to Bonnie Prince Charlie
- The famous Glenfinnan Viaduct which many people will remember from the Harry Potter films in which it featured. View the Viaduct close up – a lovely short walk along the river, or a great hike to conquer local Munros for those that like more of a challenge!
- National Trust Visitor Centre: historical tabloid and facts regarding the Jacobites; café; small souvenir shop
- Glenfinnan Station: stopping point for the steam trains in the summer season as well as standard main line service between Mallaig and Fort William; plus the Old Station Museum
- Cruise Loch Shiel in the summer season – birdwatching and wildlife talks
- Take a gentle stroll along the new wooden pathway close to the Bonnie Prince Charlie monument and across to the other side of Loch Shiel – how far you venture is up to you!
Heading west to the coast along the Road to the Isles, the villages of Arisaig and Morar beyond, each with inviting safe beaches including the Silver Sands of Morar, and then on to the fishing village of Mallaig from where the ferry takes you “across the sea to Skye” either as a foot passenger or by car.
A short drive up the road from Altdarroch cottages, before proceeding to Arisaig, turn left at Loch Ailort for Glenuig to start either a ½ day circular tour down to Strontian, along Loch Linnhe and back up to Fort William and home, or a much longer day trip out onto Ardnamurchan Peninsular and visit the lighthouse – the most westerly point on the British mainland: single track roads, but worth the effort for the stunning scenery.
Back in Fort William, the West Highland Museum in the centre of town is well worth a visit being one of the oldest museums in the Highlands and particularly well stocked with artefacts. In the summer months a regular cruise operates from the pier alongside Crannog Seafood Restaurant (look for the red roof – you cannot miss it!). You may also want to visit the ruins of Old Inverlochy Castle. If there is a wet day a good place to visit is the Nevis Centre with indoor bowling and other facilities.
At Spean Bridge, 10 miles long the road from Fort William towards Inverness, you will see the impressive 3 figure monument to the Commandos, who trained in this area during World War II. The monument is set in a dramatic setting, with 360 degree views of the surrounding hills.
Even the capital of the Highlands, Inverness, or south to the port of Oban is manageable for a day trip, so there is always plenty to see and do during your holiday at Altdarroch. Or, of course, you could just relax and soak up the splendid surrounding scenery.