Glencoe has been voted one of the top places to visit in the UK and it’s easy to see why.
As you drive across Rannoch Moor and come into the sweeping pass of Glencoe, the vista opens up before you. No matter what the weather is doing – rain, brooding clouds or glorious bright sunshine, the Glen takes on a different persona that imprints an unforgettable image and memory.
Travel on further and you’ll reach the village of Glencoe nestling on the flat lands before Loch Leven. Signal Rock is just a short walk from there which is where, according to legend, the signal was given to begin the Glencoe Massacre.
The history of Glencoe is known the world over. The dark days of the Glencoe Massacre between the MacDonalds and the Campbells a well known story. Thankfully, these days are long past and today Glencoe is a popular destination for visitors from all around the globe.
Jump in the car or hop aboard a bus and head for the bustling seaside town of Oban. Just a 45 minute drive from Glencoe, Oban is the Gateway to the Isles and offers much for the visitor to explore and enjoy.
Take a walk along the high street and explore its many shops, cafes and restaurants. Head along the pier and sample some delicious seafood fresh from the west coast waters (the langoustines and oysters are particularly wonderful). Alternatively, visit our sister hotel, the Oban Caledonian where the cafe offers a casual all day bistro menu and cosmopolitan wine list.
Oban town also has some great attractions to discover including:
- Oban Whisky Distillery – see the distillers at work and try a complementary dram. Oban is one of the six ‘Classic Malts of Scotland’ and the guided tours of the distillery take you through the whisky making process from grain to glass.
- Oban Chocolate Company – savour delicious hand made chocolates and patisserie at this delightful shop and cafe. The chilli chocolates are one of our favourites!
- Oban Sea Life Centre – explore beneath the depths of Scotland’s west coast. Touch and view a wide variety of species from the seas. Guests enjoy £5 off admission (ask at reception for your voucher).
- Take a walk up to McCaigs Tower – a coliseum like structure built as a family memorial which dominates Oban’s skyline and provides a great viewpoint across the town and islands.
For recreation, we suggest shopping along the high street – we love the Granite House for gifts and unusual finds. Stop off at the Grog & Gruel for a pint or a dram and soak up the friendly welcoming atmosphere. If you’re a lover of seafood then The Crannog Restaurant is a must. Located on the waterfront with its’ red roof, it serves the freshest local seafood & fish (as well as other local meats and game) and makes a fantastic lunch stop.
For breathtaking views on a clear day, head up the gondola at Nevis Range where you’ll be able to see for miles. On the way back down, the Pinemarten Cafe is a great stop. If you’ve got time why not try out the High Wires course or hire a mountain bike and hit the tracks and trails around the mountain.
Did you know that more than 10 of the West Coast’s Hebridean islands are within a day trip of our glencoe hotel?
Head to Oban and explore Mull, Iona, Ulva, Kerrera, Staffa, Treshnish, Luing, Lismore & Easdale. The helpful staff at the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry office can talk you through all the options.
The most popular trip for foot passengers is the Island of Mull. Home to Duart Castle & Gardens, the painted town of Tobermory (aka Balamory!) and the white sands of Calgary Bay. If you’re travelling light and have time, travel on from Mull to the Island of Iona where a visit to the Abbey is a must!
The Isle of Skye is also within easy reach. Head there by road (2.5 hours each way) and cross onto the island via the Skye bridge or take the ferry from Mallaig. Both journeys are equally delightful.
Whilst the Glencoe, Fort William and Oban areas have their obvious attractions and more than enough to keep every visitor occupied, there are also some rather wonderful attractions and towns/cities within easy reach if you fancy something a little bit different!
Stirling & Crieff
Head south to Stirling and explore the medieval town and its iconic castle. There’s lots of shopping, restaurants and cafes to discover. If you’re taking the kids, then Blair Drummond Safari Park is a great option (just outside Stirling). Drive through the game enclosure alongside lions and tigers and then visit the many other animals in the zoo and adventure park.
On the way back, travel to Crieff and stop in at our sister hotel, Crieff Hydro for afternoon tea or some adventure in the kids zone, Big Country!
Nessie hunting on Loch Ness
Travel north east and take a drive or boat trip along Loch Ness. Stop off a Drumnadrochit and learn all about Nessie before going on your very own Nessie hunt!
The lovely town of Inveraray is just under two hours drive from Glencoe. In the royal burgh town you can visit the Castle, go to Inveraray Jail (watch out for the ghosts!) and sample some lovely seafood all in one day!