Being located in "The Outdoor Capital of the UK", hotel guests can also enjoy a wide variety of things to see and do from walking and climbing to Water sports and Skiing. We're also just five minutes from one of the prettiest golf courses we've ever seen. There's plenty going on locally in Glencoe and Fort William too, with the Loch Leven Hotel regularly offering live music for residents and locals to enjoy.
Loch Leven Hotel is situated in one of the most spectacular regions of Scotland, rich in natural beauty and steeped in history, and long-time favourite of film makers. The hotel is located on the north shore of Loch Leven, next to the Ballachulish Bridge, set amid vast peaks, rugged glens and deep sea lochs. The Glencoe and Lochaber area is probably the finest in Scotland for a wide variety of outdoor sporting and leisure pursuits. We also offer 2 night activity breaks with accommodation and vouchers to use with the Highland activity specialists, Glencoe Activities (www.glencoeactivities.com).
Glencoe & Lochaber – mecca for outdoor enthusiasts
Walk, Climb and Ramble the miles and miles of countryside, forestry and mountains surrounding the Loch Leven Hotel Glencoe and the Lochaber area is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts and in particular those seeking walking breaks and climbing activities. There are miles of unspoilt countryside and mountain areas offering walking experiences for visitors of all abilities from beach, forest and coastal walks to gentle hill walks right the way through to Munro-bagging opportunities as well as the opportunity to climb the UK's highest mountain Ben Nevis. The area is also very popular for winter snow and ice climbing.
Glencoe Walks information from Walk Highlands www.walkhighlands.co.uk offers over 450 free, detailed descriptions of walking routes across the Scottish Highlands. Proper mapping and downloadable GPS waypoints are available for every walk.
For those of you seeking easy leg stretches from the hotel doorstep, there is a very pretty walk which takes you down to the shore and around to Bishop's Bay, the local harbour for yachts.
For those of you seeking guided walking, climbing or would like to try your hand at indoor dry & ice climbing, the Ice Factor www.ice-factor.co.uk is a must visit – it boasts the largest indoor ice wall in Europe!
Guests at the Loch Leven Hotel can also make use of our drying facilities if the weather is inclement.
Fort William is quickly becoming known as the home of downhill mountain biking with the world championships having been held at Nevis Range in recent years. There is plenty for the thrill seeker with black and red runs but for the majority of us looking for a gentle cycle there is still plenty to experience. With miles and miles of forestry tracks as well as purpose built SusTrans Cycle Track from Kentallen to Glencoe you can enjoy a flat(ish) cycle whilst taking in the wonderful views of the area.
Cycle hire is available locally from CranKitUp Gear www.crankitupgear.com, with one day hire starting from £20 per bike.
For those of the motorbiking fraternity, The Loch Leven Hotel is a well known stop for refreshments and accommodation with plenty of off-road parking and a welcoming atmosphere!
Guests at the Loch Leven Hotel can also make use of our drying facilities if the weather is inclement.
Scotland is known as being the "home of golf" and Glencoe and the surrounding area has much to offer the golfer. Although we cannot claim that the local courses vie with Scottish courses of international renown, they do offer a considerable challenge to both the low- and high-handicap golfer:
Dragon's Tooth, South Ballachulish: 9 holes. This lovely course, which opened in 2002 to much local acclaim, has greens to American standard and is just over the Ballachulish Bridge. Play as much, or as little, golf as you wish in one day for just £20. The course has a nice, licensed club house which also does a range of food & homebaking. Tel: 01855 811 695 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for tee time enquiries.
Due to our location right on the lochside there is a plethora of water based activities for you to enjoy. You can spend an afternoon canoeing with Lochaber Watersports, go canyoning or white water rafting with Vertical Descents, jump on a high speed RIB for a wildlife adventure with Sea.Fari or charter a boat for a gentle cruise on the loch with Linnhe Marina!
If you have your own yacht, why not moor up at the Loch Leven Hotel mooring within Bishop's Bay? Stay on-board or on-land, whichever you choose, the facilities at The Loch Leven Hotel will ensure you make the most of your sailing trip.
A wee bit further afield you can enjoy a boat trip to the Summer Isles from Arisaig as well as a cruise along Loch Sheil.
Guests at the Loch Leven Hotel can also make use of our drying facilities if things get a little wet & wild!
Fishing is a very popular local pastime and it is a usual occurrence to see the lochside dotted with anglers casting off in the hopes of catching a fresh supper!
Both Loch Leven & Loch Linnhe are sea lochs and as such, a permit is not required to fish on these waters. Catches from the loch include mostly Trout, Pollack & Coalies.
The Glencoe Lochan, around 10 minutes drive from the hotel is a man-made loch stocked with Rainbow Trout. There are also lots of opportunities to fish on the local rivers too. Permits are available in season from The Ballachulish Hardware Store (Tel: + 44(0)1855 811 111).
Wild fishing with your very own ghillie is also available locally – ask for details at the Rod & Gun Shop in Fort William or visit www.fortwilliamfishing.com
Guests at the Loch Leven Hotel can also make use of our drying facilities, rod storage and if you have a lucky catch, we have freezers available to store your fish.
Why not ask if our chef can prepare and cook your catch for dinner?
The Loch Leven hotel is situated exactly half-way between the ski slopes of The Glencoe Mountain Ski Resort and Nevis Range and offers the perfect flexible base for those who want to ski or board at both locations!
These ski destinations offer skiing and boarding for all abilities and Nevis Range in particular offers nursery slopes and ski-schooling facilities.
Guests at the Loch Leven Hotel can also make use of our drying facilities & ski equipment storage.
For those of you seeking something a little bit more adrenaline filled, a visit to Vertical Descents at Inchree is the order of the day. Here you can go White Water Rafting, slip and slide down Canyons and Waterfalls as well as go fun yakking and bridge swinging. There's lots of fun to be had! Visit www.verticaldescents.com for full details.
Lettershuna Riding Stables at Port Appin is the closest stable to the hotel and offers hacking out on horseback around the beautiful shore and forestry area surrounding the stable. Visit www.lettershunaridingcentre.com for details.
Explore the area both on and off-road by 4x4. The National Trust for Scotland at Glencoe operates regular wildlife and history safaris throughout the season, a list of which can be found at www.discoverglencoe.com.
For those of you with a keen eye for photography, why not take a ½ day or a full day's photo safari in the Glen itself and capture the majesty of Glencoe on film! Visit www.glencoephotographysafaris.co.uk for info.
The magnificent landscape of Glencoe and Loch Leven provides a wonderful inspiration to artists and photographers alike. With its ever-changing colours and wealth of subject matter be it blanketed hillsides, sparkling shores or moody glens there is something here for everyone. Visitors can often see four seasons in a day, which can make the photography really exciting.
Visit our image library to view some of the wonderful scenery in the area.
Flora and Fauna of Western Scotland
This area is home to a magnificent variety of wild flowers and animal life. From spring through to autumn the ground is a veritable carpet of flowers. The wood to the east of the hotel is a very pretty haven of natural beauty and is a haze of bluebells in spring. The rare red squirrel can be seen in the tall beech trees, and woodpeckers and cuckoos can be heard in their high branches. Both Roe Deer and Wild Goats come to feed on the grassy slopes leading down to the water.
This unspoilt area is home to a large variety of wildlife of interest to all naturalists, and includes:
Red squirrels, roe deer and wild goats are often seen in the woods behind the hotel. There are also Cormorants roosting in the Ballachulish Bridge at sun set, a Heronry in the tall pines across the 'Narrows' and we have swallows and housemartins nesting in the hotel roofs. Watch out for the seals, otters and porpoises in the loch and every kind of seabird, Terns, Oyster Catchers, Guillemots, Shearwaters and Gannets.
Many wild birds rarely seen elsewhere in Britain do well here: the song thrushes relish the giant snails; owls can be heard and occasionally seen; the buzzard, with a wingspan of several feet, has a regular aerial battle with a pair of hooded crows; and in the water the shags and the herons compete for the many fish that swim in with the changing tide. There are also many small birds including: siskins; chaffinches; song thrushes; wrens; swallows; and every kind of tit. Larger birds include: woodpeckers; grey doves; and cuckoos. Bats are often seen at dusk. Our sundeck offers the perfect viewing platform from the side of the loch.
Such an area steeped in history will always attract visitors seeking food for the soul. In the area, there a 4 castles of note; Inveraray Castle, Inverlochy Castle, Stalker Castle (Appin) and Castle Tioram (Ardnamurchan). Stalker Castle is just a 10 minute drive away down the Oban Road and there is a wonderful cafe and gift stop with panoramic views – ideal for a coffee stop.
For those looking to brush up on local clan history, a visit to the Glencoe Folk Museum in Glencoe Village is an enlightening experience! The authentic crafting thatched cottage is very pretty too.
In the Glencoe & Fort William area you will find many independent shops where you can buy everything from souvenirs to outdoor activity equipment. There are small boutiques and whisky shops in Fort William which are also worth a visit – you may well find that special something to take home as a reminder of your stay with us.
Just a short walk from the hotel, you will find the Holroyd Art Gallery and a bit further on a Craft & Artisan Jewellery Shop.
For dining out, lunch at the Crafts & Things by Glencoe Village is always very good and for seafood lovers The Loch Leven Seafood Cafe on the road to Kinlochleven is a must visit.