Places to Visit
Ideally placed between Oban and Fort William, the Tree House at Appin provides a sound base from which to tour.
As far north as Inverness or south-west across to the Isle of Mull are all within a day’s journey and plenty to see in-between.
History has its place in the surrounding areas, with the nearest of interest being just a few miles away at Castle Stalker. One of the best views can be seen from a very pleasant café and gift shop at the top of the hill overlooking the castle. Appin itself is famous for the notorious Appin Murder on which Robert Louis Stevenson based his book Kidnapped.
Heading south towards Oban the Sea Life Centre is a favourite attraction for all the family. In Oban, the climb up to McCaig’s Tower is worth the effort for the panorama across the bay and down into the town and harbour from where the ferries leave to the Isle of Mull. Travelling a little further south brings you to Kilmartin, an area of varied historical interest including castles and standing stones. Head north and the village of Glencoe has its own small museum and visitor centre where you can learn more about the Glencoe Massacre.
Driving north alongside Loch Linnhe brings you to the town of Fort William which boasts an excellent museum, a distillery, and of course the magnificent Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK towering over Glen Nevis. A few miles outside the town and you can take the gondola at Nevis Range for outstanding views whatever the time of year; as well as being a ski resort it provides excellent mountain biking facilities and forest walks.
To the west of Fort William, just along the A830, lies the start of the Caledonian Canal at Neptune’s Staircase. Continue further west to Glenfinnan (famous for the Jacobite Uprising as well as Harry Potter films) and on to the golden sands at Morar, then on to Mallaig from where the ferry sails to the Isle of Skye. During the main tourist season the Jacobite steam train runs from Fort William to Mallaig on one of the most scenic railway lines in the world – ensure you book in advance!
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