A paradise for walkers and climbers steeped in a rich history
When you hear mention of Glencoe, your mind automatically thinks of the infamous massacre which took place in 1691 when the Campbell’s tried unsuccessfully to wipe out the Clan MacDonald. As you travel through the glen, even if you are unaware of the history, there is a sense of darkness and treachery lingering there to this day. A visit to the Glencoe Visitor Centre provides a comprehensive account of the events leading up to and after the Massacre.
Glencoe is a paradise for walkers and climbers, offering a range of mountains to choose from. It also boasts Britain’s first ski resort. Both Glencoe ski centre and the Nevis Range ski-centre are open year round and even if skiing is not your thing, the hill walking and panoramic views are worth a visit themselves.
For all outdoor enthusiasts looking for more structured activities then Glencoe Outdoor Centre is the place to go. They offer archery, canoeing, hill-climbing, sailing and many more activities to choose from.
Crafts and Things in Glencoe Village provides an opportunity for shopping, offering an unusual range of gifts to take away. They also have a coffee shop offering light meals etc which may be taken indoors or outdoors when the weather is fine.
Not just famous for tourism, The Glencoe and surrounding area boasts world famous industries from a time now past. Quarrying of the Ballachulish Slate was the main employer in the area at one time and although no longer in use now, a walk in the quarry follows the story of the industry and the community it supported. Even today the signs of quarrying and the slate can be seen all over the area. A reminder of times past.
Kinlochleven was once famous for it’s aluminium smelter and although no longer operational the Aluminium Story can be followed in the Kinlochleven Visitor Centre. The old factory itself is now an indoor climbing centre where, if the weather is unsuitable for the real thing, climbers can try their hand at indoor rock and ice climbing at The Ice Factor.
The Dragon's Tooth Golf Course at Ballachulish is under new ownership and is a remarkable find on the West Coast of Scotland. It’s a beautiful, 9-hole course, crafted into stunning parkland beside the shores of Loch Linnhe, near Glencoe. The remarkable course was designed by Robin Hisoman (currently designing a golf course for Colin Montgomerie in Dubia!) and is said to be playing at it’s best since opening in 2002.
This course isn’t just for discerning players – there’s a warm welcome for everyone. And you can just turn up and “pay and play” at any time. Nearby are cycle paths and forest walks, so many visitors make a day of it and enjoy the natural beauty of this is delightful part of Lochaber.
Guests of The Onich Hotel have access to preferrential reduced rates to play golf - ask about these when making your reservation. We can also arrange transport there and back from the hotel.
Glencoe Photography is a new business offering a variety of services including photography safaris,1 to1 tuition and wedding & portrait photography. Daily photography safaris leave from the Ballachulish Visitor Centre, full day and half day workshops are available. These are a great way for visitors to explore the Glen and to capture the classic shots of Glen Coe.
Fishing is the most popular participative sport in the UK and we can offer good sea fishing within walking distance of the hotel with trout fishing only a few miles away.
Sea loch fishing is freely accessible and you can catch Mackerel, Conger, Thornback Ray, Coalfish, Pollack, Dogfish (Lesser Spotted), Wrasse, Sea Trout, Flounder and Cod. Trout fishing is available at The Glencoe Lochan but permits are required.
Mackerel are usually around in huge shoals from June until early September, but they can be caught in smaller numbers at almost any time of year. The most popular method is to use feathers or mackerel traces and it is not unusual to catch 4 or 5 decent sized fish at one time.
Mention Scotland and fishing together and most people think about Salmon - the King of fish. Its cousins - Sea Trout and wild Brown Trout are almost as popular.
We can’t guarantee that you’ll catch a salmon, but we will use our local experience and contacts to give you the opportunity to pursue these wonderful and wily game fish.
Permits, fishing tackle and expert advice are available at The Arches Hardware shop on Ballachulish. Tel: 01855 811 111 or you can find out more about other fishing opportunities in the area by visiting the Rod and Gun Shop website.