See & Do Lochailort
Lochailort is in one of the most rugged parts of Scottish Highlands – The Gaelic name for it is ‘An Garbh Criochan’ which translates as ‘Rough Bounds’. The whole area, with its soaring mountains and complex coastlines, is glacial in origin and this has produced an area of outstanding beauty.
Lohailort is an ideal base for anyone interested in outdoor activities and is blessed with some of the finest walks in the country, from easy low level to the more strenuous and invigorating Munros. There are tracks suitable for mountain bikes and Loch Shiel is very popular with canoeists and sea kayakers. It’s a great base for day trips to Fort William and all the other villages along the Road to the Isles.
Loch Shiel Eagle-Watch Cruise. Loch Shiel is one of Scotland's largest inland freshwater lochs and is regarded as one of the few remaining areas of true wilderness. Follow the route taken by Bonnie Prince Charlie while learning about the history and geology while sharing the local skipper's experience in spotting golden eagles, red deer and a variety of rare wildlife.
Glenfinnan Monument – The famous monument is an accessible drive from Lochailort and a must to do whilst visiting the area. Marking the point where the standard was raised by Bonnie Prince Charlie and his followers at the start of the Jacobite rebellion 1745. The National Trust Visitors Centre located near the monument contains historical information and artefacts about Bonnie Prince Charlie and the rebellion.
Glenfinnan Viaduct - A magnificent railway viaduct offering breath-taking views to Loch Shiel. The viaduct has also grown to fame from its sighting in the Harry Potter movies. Fan or not this is a must do. Check out the West Coast Railway timetable link below as the viaduct viewing point offers various vantage points to capture the steam train.
Fort William & Ben Nevis – Why not visit Britain’s highest mountain. At 1345m it’s a walk that requires planning, preparation and appropriate outdoor clothing. A very popular route with approx. 130,000 people making the summit each year. However a further 100,000 come to walk the many other routes around the Ben Nevis/Fort William/Lochaber area. Mountain and walking guides with exceptional local knowledge and mountaineering skills can be booked to guide you on your adventure!
For other accessible things to see & do from the Lochailort vicinity, visit the see and do section for the other villages and Islands on the Road to the Isles.