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:
Via Ferrata Scotland is located in Kinlochleven, near Fort William and Glencoe. This unique and exciting activity runs beside the third biggest waterfall in Scotland, The Grey Mare's Tail.
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 Balcony Bar
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
CIARAN PATH TO OLD PRISONER OF WAR CAMP
(Moderate allow 1 ½ hour round trip)
Walk through ancient native woodland within a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) to discover the location of a 1st World War POW camp in a remote clearing.
From the Aluminium Story, walk over main road bridge and turn immediately right, along West Highland Way tarmac path. Pass the gushing ‘tail race’ on your right and over the wooden bridge, where a path to your right leads you through a 5 minute forest walk and out at the end of the houses. Continue on a rough road for 100 metres and see wooden sign to Ciaran Path. Follow this mostly uphill path until wooden bridge over a gully. Care must be taken. Follow main path until you reach a wide clearing with the outlines and cement flooring of the camp still clearly visible, especially if viewed from just further up the path, (which would eventually lead you to the Blackwater Dam built for the aluminium factory). Retrace your footsteps back to the Visitor Centre.
GREY MARES WATERFALL
(Moderate allow 35 minutes round trip)
Breathe in the fresh clean air at this spectacular waterfall, named by King Edward VII during his stay at Mamore Lodge in 1909.
Start at the Aluminium Story Visitor Centre and walk over the Main Road bridge. Turn right at 1st junction to find church at end of this road and Greymares Car Park. Take blue sign leading left to the Grey Mares Waterfall. From the viewpoint follow the footpath and take the steps down the hillside to a wooden bridge, turn left again to the foot of the waterfall. Retrace your steps to Visitor Centre.
PIER CIRCULAR WALK
(Easy allow 45 minutes)
For a stunning view down the loch, join the route of the old railway line that transported materials from the pier to the aluminium factory early last century. Start at the Aluminium Story and turn left down the main shopping street to the oldest building still in use in Kinlochleven, the Post Office, behind which is a sign for the pier. Cross road, climb 1st set of steps, turn right onto the leafy path leading to the pier. This was the old electric railway line. On reaching the semicircular boatshed at the pier, there is a 10 minute circular walk with bench-seat viewpoint down Loch Leven. Return to the Visitor Centre via the road running parallel to the old railway line until you reach the double gates and small bridge on your left. Walk round behind bowling green pavilion. Now take the narrow tarmac riverside footpath up to the Main Road bridge opposite the Aluminium Story.
CIRCULAR WOODLAND WALK
(Easy allow 30 minutes)
Enjoy the peace of the countryside; listen to songbirds and look out for red squirrels on this pretty walk, skirting the edge of the village. From the Aluminium Story, walk over Main Road bridge, turning right at 1st junction to find church at end of this road and Grey mares Car Park. Join footpath and turn first right until you reach a white cottage. Turn right into village and keep walking downhill, until you reach the tarred West Highland Way footpath beside the river. Follow this footpath until you reach the Main Road bridge again and turn left to return to the Visitor Centre.
LEVEN BRIDGES CIRCULAR WALK
(Easy allow 35 minutes)
Stroll through the forest walk and over the old toll bridge, passing the industrial heritage of the village. From the Aluminium Story, walk over Main Road bridge and turn immediately right, along West Highland Way tarmac path. Pass the gushing ‘tail race’ on your right and over the wooden bridge, where a path to your right leads you through a 5 minute forest walk and out at the end of the houses. Continue on a rough road (do not take left turning) which swings right across the old toll bridge. Turn right following the road along the side of the river and over the tailrace, which leads you past the old aluminium factory buildings and back to the Visitor Centre.
MAMORE LODGE CIRCULAR WALK
(Strenuous allow 2 hours)
Discover what is was like to tramp this old military road used by soldiers, navvies and royalty, with amazing views down Loch Leven to Glencoe, the opening scene of the film ‘Rob Roy’. Start from the Aluminium Story and follow the Main Road across the bridge until you reach the School. Cross the road and follow the West Highland Way path. After a steep climb, the path crosses over a tarmac road leading to Mamore Lodge. Continue up footpath (on far side of road) until it joins the old military road. Turn right; continue past metal gate and TV mast to Mamore Lodge Hotel. Follow the tarmac road down past the lodge to first corner and take white signposted path on left which zigzags steeply down to a wooden bridge, continue down path to another wooden footbridge and take steps to Grey Mares car park. Take Kearan Road opposite church; turn left onto Main Road for Visitor Centre.
(Moderate but steep, allow 2 hours round trip)
Survey the breathtaking scenery as you climb part of the West Highland Way, and relax at the bridge overlooking the Small Dam with waterfalls tumbling below. From the Aluminium Story, walk over Main Road bridge and turn immediately right, along West Highland Way tarmac path. You might see red squirrels. Pass the gushing ‘tail race’ on your right and over the wooden bridge, where a path to your right leads you through a 5 minute forest walk and out at the end of the houses. Continue on a rough road (do not take left turning) which swings right across the old toll bridge. Follow the West Highland Way Thistle signposts and continue climbing until the small dam is reached, and can be viewed from the bridge. Retrace your steps to return to Visitor Centre.
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.