Things to See & Do
The Lochailort Inn is so well placed for exploring the West Coast of Scotland, it is hard to narrow down all the things to see & do in 1 page but we’ve given it a go!
Lochailort is in one of the most rugged parts of the Scottish Highlands – the Gaelic name for it is ‘An Garbh Criochan’ which translates as the ‘Rough Bounds’. The whole area, with its soaring mountains and complex coastlines, is glacial in origin and this has produced some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.
The Inn is located on the ‘Road to the Isles’ and the West Highland railway follows this road for much of its scenic length. The Inn is located 300m from the nearest station, making it ideally located to leave the car behind and explore using rail.
It’s difficult to believe today, looking around our empty hills, but 2,000 men lived in Lochailort to build the railway – www.westcoastrailways.co.uk.
Set in the Glenfinnan area of the Highlands, there is so much to do with walking, cycling and fishing all to be enjoyed from Lochailort village. With the Lochailort Inn as a touring base Loch Ness, The Isle of Skye, Ardnamurchan and Oban are all a comfortable day out. The famous Glenfinnan viaduct from the Harry Potter films is less than 10 miles.
The famous monument is the focal point of Glenfinnan, marking the point where the standard was raised by Bonnie Prince Charlie and his followers at the start of the doomed 1745 Jacobite rebellion. The National Trust visitor centre is certainly worth a visit to find out more about Bonnie Prince Charlie in the area before fighting his way as far south as Derby.
Fort William and Ben Nevis [25 miles]
No trip to Lochailort would be complete without attempting Britain’s highest mountain! OK we’ll admit not all of us fancy hiking our way up to see the view at the top so thankfully for the less inclined among us, the enclosed Gondola system will take the hard work out. Transporting visitors to 2150 feet high up the north face of Aonach Mor, you will be stunned by the breathtaking views of the Scottish Highlands, including the Great Glen, Ben Nevis, and the surrounding areas. On a clear day this spectacular view can extend as far as the
Traditionally a fishing village, Fort William with a pedestrianised high street, also offers independent shops and cafés to while away a sunny afternoon.
Loch Ness Monster
Loch Ness is the largest body of fresh water in Britain and certainly worth a trip. With many cruises available up & down Loch Ness, ‘Nessie spotting’ couldn’t be a more enjoyable day out. A particularly picturesque stop on the canal is Fort Augustus (55 miles from the Lochailort Inn). With a flight of 5 locks and historic Benedictine Abbey, there is plenty to see and do.
Mallaig and the Isle of Skye [16 miles]
The “Road to the Isles” on which the Lochailort Inn sits, up to Mallaig is one of the most scenic routes you will come across on your travels. On each turn of the road the landscape changes, past mountains and around lochs, to that moment when you reach the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. On the horizon you can see the Islands of the Hebrides.
Small Isles/Arisaig [9 miles]
From Arisaig, ten miles north of Lochailort you can take a trip on the MV Shearwater to the Small Isles of Eigg, Muck, Rum and Canna and you’re quite likely to see whales or porpoises – Minke, Sperm and Killer Whales are all frequently seen in the seas around us.
GOLFING enthusiasts will miss a treat if they don’t play nine holes at Traigh, arguably the most beautifully-situated course in Britain. Non-golfers can explore the astonishing white sand beaches while they’re waiting for the golfers to finish.
For the FISHING enthusiast we would like to wish you ‘tight lines’ during your stay and hope that you enjoy some excellent fishing in some of the most picturesque landscapes in the Highlands of Scotland.
The Lochailort Inn is very well placed to try your hand on several of the lochs or numerous stocked fisheries nearby. One nearby loch, Loch Morar, is the deepest freshwater in Britain and boasts Brown Trout, Ferox, Char, occasionally Salmon and Sea Trout can also be expected. Loch Nevis, Loch Ailort, Loch Sheil, Loch Eilt, are but a few of the lochs close to the Lochailort Inn, along with the Moidart Hills which contain over 30 lochans, so you will be sure to find that perfect spot from the doorstep of the Inn.
PRIVATE FISHING – We would be delighted to arrange fishing on Loch Eilt directly with our local guide Archie. Please contact the Lochailort Inn for further information on the packages we can offer. From a couple of hours to pass an afternoon or several days at a time to make sure you get that elusive salmon or trout, we can tailor a package to suit your requirements.
Fishing permits are available from local fishing stores and can be bought on a daily, weekly or seasonal basis so regardless of the length of your stay, you can obtain a permit to suit your fishing needs. Please contact a member of staff at the Lochailort Inn who would be more than happy to point you in the right direction with any fishing query you may have.
In season, there are ample opportunities for a challenging and rewarding experience deer-STALKING on a nearby estate – please contact us or ask at the Inn for more details. Must be booked in advance.