Camus House Guest House, Onich, by Fort William

Out and About

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.

Touring

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.

Walking

It is difficult to know where to start! The whole area is a walkers’ paradise. There are short or long walks, flat or steep walks – in fact, any type of walk to fit almost any ability.

A short walk along the beach in front of the house can be enjoyed by many.

The Inchree Waterfall is a short walk from the house. There are various paths in the Inchree area so a walk can be as long or short as you wish.

The forestry Commission path at Glenahullish, a short drive from Camus House, allows access to a relatively high vantage point from where panoramic views over Loch Linnhe or down Loch Leven can be enjoyed.

The loch in the grounds of Glencoe Hospital. This is particularly spectacular in late Spring when the Rhododendrons are in flower.

These are just a few of the more popular and easy walks in the immediate area. We would be happy to provide details of many others. The area is renowned for its’ numerous walks and climbs to suit the serious hill walker with the mountains of Glencoe, the Mamores and Ben Nevis and the Nevis range within easy reach (see Fort William Walks).

Climbing

Climbing on rock or ice can be practised safely indoors at the spectacular indoor climbing arena, “The Ice Factor” at Kinlochleven.

Mountain Biking

World renowned downhill course at Anoach Mhor and Leanachan Forest Trails. Bike hire is available in the area.

Golfing

Camus House looks over the loch to a challenging nine hole course and there are other courses at Fort William, Traigh and Oban.

Boat Trips

Boat trips can be enjoyed from various locations around the area, especially Fort William, Glenfinnan and Arisaig. You can also cruise on Loch Ness.   

Boat trips can take a couple of hours or a whole day depending on which you choose. We have information on numerous options and are happy to advise.

Fishing

Fishing is available either on seawater or freshwater locations. Freshwater includes river and loch fishing, mainly for trout but maybe also Salmon.

Water Sports

Sailing, canoeing, small motor boats are available in the area. Even White water rafting is possible (I’m told!). Many of these crazy activities, including Canyoning and something called Bridge Swinging (don't ask!) as well as more reasonable activities like mountain bike hire are provided by "vertical Descents" based a couple of miles away at Inchree.

Horse Riding

Horseriding can be booked a few miles away at Lettershuna.

For the less energetic (and comfortable on the occasional wet day which can be experienced in the West Highlands) there are other attractions including:

  • The Fort William Leisure Centre with indoor swimming pool.
  • The Nevis Centre with ten pin bowling.
  • Gondola rides up The Nevis Range (behind Ben Nevis)
  • Treasures of the Earth. A fascinating exhibition highlighting the various natural rocks and gems of the area and further afield.
  • The Steam Train or “Harry Potter Express” which runs from Fort William to Mallaig during Summer months. Booking is essential so check it out before your visit.
  • The Oban Seal Sanctuary between Onich and Oban where seals and otters and various marine life can be viewed and touched!
  • Ben Nevis Distillery.

The region boasts many art, crafts and gift shops and galleries.

History

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”.

Glencoe was the site of the infamous Massacre of Glencoe where the Campbells massacred the MacDonalds in 1692 (but, as Campbells, we don’t talk about that!)

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Eigg and Rum from Traigh

Eigg and Rum from Traigh

Glenfinnan

Glenfinnan

Loch Arkaig

Loch Arkaig

Silver sands of Morar

Silver sands of Morar

Loch Leven

Loch Leven

Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis

Camus House
Onich, by Fort William
Inverness Shire
PH33 6RY

01855 821 200
info@camushouse.co.uk

3 star scottish tourist board rated