Miscellaneous

Here’s a few more options for days out and things to do in the area :

The Jacobite Steam Train

As you are pulled along by a steam train, you can gaze out at the spectacular scenery on what can only be regarded as one of the greatest railway journeys in the world. Featured in the Harry Potter films, the 84 mile round trip will take you past Britain’s highest mountain, deepest Loch, shortest river and most westerly station en-route to the picturesque fishing village of Mallaig.  A day out to remember.

Ballachulish Slate Quarry

The village of Ballachulish, just 3 miles from Strath Lodge, contain the fascinating remnants the Ballachulish slate quarries, which at one point employed up to 300 men. The quarry is now a scenic attraction in its own right. Within the rugged backdrop of slate walls, well marked trails show the quarry from different perspectives, and information boards will enlighten the visitor to its history.

Quarrying started shortly after the Glencoe massacre and grew dramatically during the 1700’s, with slates from the quarry being used on the roofs of Scotlands ever growing cities.  With the arrival of a railway line from Oban in 1903, the quarry was given a further boost, and the quarry remained in business until finally closing in 1955.  Ballachulish slate did have one weakness with the presence of iron pyrite crystals within the slate which meant that rust spots and holes would appear in slates exposed to the weather – an obvious drawback on a roof !!!!  As a result, only 25% of the slate actually extracted could be used for roofing.

Scottish Sealife centre

Nestling in a mature spruce forest on the shores of beautiful Loch Creran the Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary is home to some of the UK´s most enchanting marine creatures. In crystal clear waters you can explore over 30 fascinating natural marine habitats containing everything from Octopus to Sharks. Come nose to nose with the graceful rays as they swim to the surface to greet you or stand in the middle of a huge shoal of salmon making you dizzy as they constantly swim around you in the unique shoaling ring.

Sunart Oakwoods

Around Loch Sunart lie some of the finest temperate oakwoods in the British Isles, remnants of a formerly much more extensive band of coastal woodland which once stretched from Scotland down the Atlantic coast of Europe as far as Spain and Portugal.  These ancient semi-natural woodlands are home to some of the best collections of lower plants (plants which do not flower) in the whole of Europe. The clean air, moist climate and long continuity of woodland cover have combined to produce ideal conditions for lichens, mosses and liverworts.  Loch Sunart is also home to a particularly high density of otters, and together with its marine reefs, and the surrounding woodland and heathland habitats, the entire area has been recognised as of European importance for conservation through designation as a candidate Special Area of Conservation.