What to Do: Trips Requiring a Car
Click on the logos or pictures to open the attractions own web page.
Boat trip for Sharks, Puffins and Fingals Cave
A great company to deal with. The trip to the Treshnish Isles and Staffa is highly recommended. It can be taken from Kilchoan - an hour's drive west from Strontian.
Full details are on their website. Take some sandwiches for your lunch as there are no shops where you are going! Again click on the Puffin to go to their website.
Want to see Seals?
Click on the
Forestry Commission sign for more information about the hide.
There are several ways of seeing seals while you are staying. The easiest two shown here.
Nice and close there is a hide just down the coast. It is run by the Scottish Forestry Commission and is called Garbh Eilean Wildlife Hide. Just turn right at the bottom of the drive towards the village. At the T junction turn right again and go 6 miles down the coast. The hide is on the left and is clearly signposted.
You will need binoculars at the hide, always useful in the Highlands, but if you would like to get very close to seals then a boat trip may be for you. Best place for this is Oban. Back to the Corran ferry and then turn right and head down the coast. Oban is clearly signposted. In the harbour you will find a number of boats doing trips to the seal islands.
Let the Train take the Strain!
The Jacobite Train runs from Fort William to Mallaig. Mallaig is where the ferry leaves for the Isle of Skye. It is a great trip and the views are spectacular. At Glenfinnan you will go over the famous viaduct as featured in the Harry Potter Films. Enjoy it if you get the chance. Click on the photo to the right for their web page on the train.
Loch Shiel Cruises
This is a trip you should not miss. To the north of us here in Strontian is Loch Sheil, a fresh water loch 120 m deep, and 28 km long. At one end of the Loch is Acharacle
(prounounced A Haracal) and at the other end Glenfinnan. Loch Sheil Cruises do a variety of trips, one way with buses to bring you back and two way. Probably your best chance to see White Tailed Sea Eagles.The staff are very friendly and knowlegable.
Click on the map showing Loch Sheil for his website and for booking. Allow 40 minutes to get to Acharacle.
Wildlife sea trips and self drive boat hire from 2 hour trips to full wildlife tours.
Wild West Safaris
Great place for organised wildlife spotting. Call them on 0333 123 2820
SeaXplorer Fast Boat Safaris
Wonderful boat trips for local history and wildlife in the waters around Loch Linnhe. Click on the image for a link.
National Centre for Ice Climbing
Get ready for adventure at the National Centre for Ice Climbing and the home of the largest indoor ice climbing wall in the world!
If thrills and spills are what you are looking for then the Nevis Range has an amazing variety of things you can try. Click on the logo to take a look at their website, and see what is on offer.
Glencoe Mountain Resort
Glencoe, while a little farther away also provides an exciting day out. Full details on their website.
Red Squirrels at Inchree
Just over the Corran ferry towards Onich you can find a hide from where you can see red squirrels feeding. This map should help you find it. If you fancy a longer walk in this area then this website will describe a lovely hike at this location.
If you would like to see the Jacobite train from its best vantage point, or just fancy a nice day out then the Glenfinnan Viaduct is well worth the visit. Details of what is there and how you can get there can be found on this link.