Whether it is activity or relaxation you are looking for, Ardno House offers bed and breakfast guests the perfect base to tour the breath-taking splendour of the Scottish West Highlands and Islands. Set amidst some of Scotland's finest scenery the area has something for everyone
There are numerous historic sites all around the area. It is only a short drive to the scene of the famed Massacre of Glencoe and the monument to the Appin Murder, the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson's "Kidnapped", is situated on the hillside behind Ardno House. Museums include the West Highland Museum in Fort William, Invergarry and Fort Augustus railway museum, the Commando museum at Spean Bridge, Treasure of the Earth Crystals, Gemstone and Fossil museum at Corpach near Fort William.
The area also affords fantastic opportunities for those tracing their clan’s history.
The area is not known as “The outdoor capital of the UK” for nothing. Visitors can take advantage of the varied and exciting recreational opportunities all year round.
The towering mountain peaks above nearby Glencoe and the surrounding area are magnets for hill walkers, ramblers and serious mountaineers alike. The scenery is rugged and awesome ---- totally captivating. In winter, skiing, snowboarding and sledging are available and Glen Coe has both the longest and the steepest ski run in Scotland. The Ice Factor National Centre for Ice Climbing is the home of the largest indoor ice climbing wall in the world as well as rock climbing walls and an aerial adventure course, with activities to suit all ages and abilities
A short drive to the north is Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis (4,406ft). There is no more rewarding climb, with magnificent views in all directions. The ski centre at Aonach Mhor, alongside Ben Nevis, operates a mountain gondola lift throughout the year. Enjoy a walk on the mountain or relax in the Snowgoose restaurant 2,000ft above sea level.
On the steep slopes beneath the gondola lift, the World Downhill Mountain Biking Championships take place in May each year. This prestigious event attracts thousands of enthusiasts to the area.
For other cyclists there is a growing route of cycle paths. The recently completed coastal walkway and cycle path, the Caledonia Way, National Route 78 of the National Cycling Network runs directly in front of Ardno House offering some wonderfully scenic loch and mountain views.
Horse riding, quad biking and segway are all available nearby or if water activities are more your thing you can cruise the lochs in a variety of craft. Seal Island Cruises sail from Fort William down Loch Linnhe provide great views of fish farming, seals and north to towering Ben Nevis. And for the adrenalin junkies plenty of white water activities are on offer too with companies like Vertical Descents
For fisherman, we can advise on obtaining permits for fresh water or sea fishing. Salmon, brown trout, sea trout, cod and mackerel are commonly caught.
Gardeners - there are many beautiful gardens open to the public during the summer throughout Argyll & Bute including Kinlochlaich Walled Garden and Woodland Walk and Ardchattan Priory Garden.
For golfers the 9 hole Dragon’s Tooth Golf Course enjoys a magnificent setting beside Loch Linnhe, below the massive mountains of the Ben Vhair range. And Fort William Golf Club is an 18 hole course nestled between the mountains and the sea on the north side of Fort William and at the base of Ben Nevis.
For whisky and gin lovers distilleries nearby include:- Ben Nevis in Fort William, Oban, Ardnamurchan and Tobermory, who all offer whisky tours and tasting, and Pixel Spirits at Loch Leven who offer a gin school experience.
The Jacobite “Harry Potter” Steam Train follows the romantic Road to the Isles. The line runs from Fort William through Glenfinnan and on to the West Coast fishing port of Mallaig. There are return trips daily in the summer months. As well as being an iconic film location for Harry Potter the area is also where Outlander, James Bond and Braveheart have been filmed.
Day trips to the delightful Isle of Skye and Eilean Donan Castle; Urquhart Castle at Loch Ness or the beautiful Hebridean Islands of Mull and Iona are highlights of any visit to the West Highlands.
Driving south from Ardno House the lovely ferry port of Oban offers day sailings to the beautiful Hebridean islands of Mull and Iona. Iona is the birthplace of Christianity in Scotland and thousands of holidaymakers visit the picturesque island each year. This tour is best in the form of a round trip, returning by the short ferry crossing to Lochaline on the remote Ardnamurchan Peninsula, a quite spectacularly scenic route.
Closer to Ardno visitors can walk around the impressive slate mines in Ballachulish. Ballachulish slate is common all across the UK and many parts of the world and was quarried here from the late 17th century until the middle of the 20th century. The beginning of that century saw the start of aluminium smelting in Kinlochleven. The massive Blackwater Dam and Reservoir powered the smelter. In 2000, smelting moved to Fort William although the electric power source remains productive. The Kinlochleven Library has a small exhibition relating the history and impact of aluminium on the area.
There truly is something for everybody. Start your planning now.by booking your rooms at Ardno House.