Activities - What to See and Do
Kinlochleven is located within easy reach of a fantastic array of activities to suit individuals and families of all ages and interests. Whether you are into more active pursuits such as walking, hiking and skiing or just want a relaxing amble as you explore nearby charming towns and villages, the Highland Getaway is the perfect spot to unwind and soak up the highland hospitality.
Things to do:
The Ice Factor
This fantastic centre, ranks as one of the world’s largest indoor Ice Walls and has the best indoor ice and rock facilities in the Highlands. Choose from a range of courses at all levels, all year round, such as mountain biking, canyoning, tree top adventures, abseiling and so much more. The Ice Factor is the perfect place for those wanting to try something new or climbing enthusiasts wanting to get their adrenalin pumping.
Highland Getaway's 'New' Balcony Bar
NOW OPEN.. Newly developed Lounge Bar with panoramic views of the Mamore hills from our balcony overlooking the fast flowing waters of the River Leven.
For the more artistically discerning, local arts and crafts are avaialable, why not pay a visit and see what the heart and soul of Kinlochleven artists have to offer, sample works can be seen in Highland Getaway
Grey Mares Tail
An easy one to wet you walking appetite is a trek to Grey Mares Tail, a magnificent waterfall and one of the 6 highest in Britain, all just a short distance from outer Kinlochleven village.
You can start this walk from near the junction at Wades Road and Kearan Road. The woodland path leads off the Church car park.
Another more adventurous walk of about 5 miles in duration, will take you to the Blackwater Dam and Reservoir. From the walls of the dam you can view the remains of the German POW camp built during the 1914-1918 war, and a small cemetery that was used to bury a small number of those who died during the construction of the dam (this may be the highest cemetery in Scotland!).
The West Highland Way
This famous and popular walk I recommend is a little more demanding, but well worth it! From near the MacDonald Hotel you will see the sign post for a part of the West Highland Way that will take you from the village across the mountains to Fort William about 14 miles away.
If the idea of a long walk doesn’t appeal to you, one of the best features of the village is by far its spectacular scenery and views. Looking northward you can see the sharp peaks of the Mamore Forest with its narrow ridges and white quartzite screes that look like a fresh layer of snow. To the north is the sheer face of Garbhein scarred by its many silvery burns flowing down toward the still waters of Loch Leven
Important tip: Please note that the walks suggested here are reasonably easy for the average person and are mostly over gravel roads and paths. However, as with any walk into the hills and unpredictable Scottish climate, always make sure you have proper clothing and supplies. Please check the weather forecast and let someone know where you are going and when you’ll be coming back.
If you enjoy fishing, there is a multitude of freshwater-fishing available on the River Leven and permit-free sea-fishing on the shore of Loch Leven. Fly Fishing is also popular in areas around Fort William, with a host of guided fishing trips available throughout the year.
Visit www.fishing-scotland.co.uk for more information.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of things to do and see, so please have a chat to our friendly staff for more information or ideas.