Onich, by Fort William and Glencoe
It is impossible to describe all the many attractions this wonderful area has to offer in just a few words. Books have been written on almost all aspects of the region from general descriptions, mountaineering and History, and, indeed, Camus House looks over the Loch to Lettermore, the site of the infamous Appin Murder on which R.L. Stevenson based his novel “Kidnapped”. In any case, reading about the area is only of limited advantage. You need to smell, breathe and feel the area to fully appreciate it and it will get under your skin and into your heart if you let it.
Many beautiful and interesting places can be easily reached from Camus House.
The famous “Road to the Isles” from Fort William to Mallaig passing the locks at Banavie, Glenfinnan with it’s famous monument and viaduct (if your timing is right you can see the steam train go over) and the silver sands at Morar. It must be one of the most scenic drives in the country and was used as the location for Harry Potter films, Highlander and many commercials. Regular ferries cross to The Isle of Skye from Mallaig (www.calmac.co.uk) . The main central areas of Skye can be explored in a day and the return trip can be made via Eilean Donan castle at Dornie, on to Invergarry and then to Fort William. Alternatively you can retrace your journey back to Fort William.
The Isle of Mull can easily be explored in a day, either from Oban or the Ardnamurchan peninsula. It is also possible to visit Iona off the southern tip of Mull. This can be done by organized trips or independently by car.
A drive round the Ardnamurchan peninsula, beginning at Corran Ferry, is worthwhile. As part of this trip the most westerly point of the British mainland at the Ardnamurchan Lighthouse can be explored.
Experience desolate and dramatic scenery on a drive through Glencoe, (location for numerous films including Harry Potter, Braveheart, Highlander, Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Rob Roy) over Rannoch Moor to Tyndrum. A return journey can be made via Oban or even Inveraray where Inveraray Castle, the seat of the Clan Campbell, can be visited. The return from Oban to Onich passes Castle Stalker.
Along the Caledonian canal to Inverness, driving alongside Loch Ness. Urquhart Castle, on the banks of Loch Ness, can be visited and the locks which transport boats from one level to another at Fort Augustus are always interesting. Of course, if you are lucky, Nessie might be spotted!
There are numerous out-of-the-way roads to explore where not many tourists venture. These give access to remote, peaceful and beautiful locations where you can sit in silence with your thoughts. We can provide details of many of these. Even more remote places can be reached by chartering a Range Rover trip on forestry tracks inaccessible to the public. See the Secret Safari website. Again, we can provide details as necessary.
Shorter drives include:
Glen Nevis – A beautiful Glen and the location for filming Harry Potter, Braveheart and Rob Roy among others.
Loch Leven – Probably one of the most beautiful lochs in Scotland.
The area is steeped in History and exhibitions can be found at:
- The Glencoe NTS Visitor Centre
- The Glencoe Folk Museum
- The Glenfinnan NTS Visitor Centre
- The Aluminium Story at Kinlochleven
- The West Highland Museum at Fort William
- The Ballachulish slate Quarry
- The ruins of Old Inverlochy Castle in Fort William
Camus House looks over the loch to the site of the “Appin Murder” on which R.L. Stevenson based the book “Kidnapped”.