Local Area

Information on our surroundings

The villages of Ballachulish and Glencoe - less than one mile apart - are situated on the shores of Loch Leven, surrounded by some of the most beautiful and dramatic mountains in Scotland.

Ballachulish is world-famous for its former slate industry, whilst Glencoe is remembered for the infamous massacre of the Clan Macdonald in 1692.
The photo shows the “Burial Islands” - resting place of the Chiefs of the Clan MacDonald - as seen from Ballachulish Slate Quarry.

Times have changed and nowadays the Ballachulish - Glencoe area has an international reputation as an idyllic holiday destination which can be enjoyed at any time of year.

Despite its bloody past, Glencoe has a fascinating history going back 350 million years when it was a volcanic crater measuring 5 miles (8 km) in diameter.  These volcanic origins, later sculpted by ice and water, have resulted in the spectacular mountains which are a haven for walkers, climbers, mountaineers, skiers…………....and sightseers!

The photo shows Aonach Dubh (892 metres), one of the “Three Sisters of Glencoe”.

It’s not just humans who love this area: The wildlife is wonderful including Otters, Red Deer, Pine Martens, Wild Goats, Minke Whales, Dolphins, Porpoises and Seals - the photo shows a group of Grey Seals basking lazily.

Birdlife includes the rare White Tailed Sea Eagle and Golden Eagles, together with Ravens. Great Northern and Black Throated Divers are often seen on the sea lochs along with Eider and numerous other species.

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