Out & About

Cuilcheanna is Gaelic meaning ‘the nook of the hollow’ and the house is appealingly nestled behind Cuilcheanna Hill on the shores of Loch Linnhe in the region of Lochaber. Known as The Outdoor Capital of the UK there are countless activites, stunning beaches, historical castles, jaw-dropping landscapes and amazing local fayre to keep the whole group entertained.

In and Around the Area

Action & Adventure

Lochaber is home to the UK’s highest mountain, deepest loch, and shortest river. With a vast range of activities in the area your stay at Cuilcheanna can be as adrenaline fueled or laid back as you want it to be.

There is canyoning, via ferrata, fast boat rides, kayaking, golf, segway toursoff-roading, walking, horse riding, climbing, skiing, wild-swimming, cycling….the list goes on.

For skiing and mountain biking we are situated between Glencoe Mountain Resort and The Nevis Range in Fort William. In fact the downhill course at The Nevis Range is home to the Fort William UCI Mountain Bike World Cup.

Filming Locations

The region has been extensively used as filming locations on both the large and small screen. Most notably these have included Harry Potter, James Bond, Outlander, Rob Roy and Braveheart. TV series have included Hamish MacBeth, Monarch of the Glen,and most recently the The Loch.

In fact while you’re in Lochaber a must-do day out is to take the world famous Jacobite Steam Train. You will make the same journey that the students take to Hogwarts school. This day out is so popular that two trains a day run between Fort William and Mallaig. Pre-booking is not only advisable but essential.

History

If history is your thing then Lochaber has this in spades! Local museums include the West Highland Museum in Fort William, the Clan Cameron Museum at Achnacarry and the small but perfectly formed Glencoe Folk Museum. For more information on the part that Lochaber had played in forming the political landscape of the British Isles click here.

We have our fair share of castles in the area too! For Monty Python fans Castle Stalker was Castle Aargh in the Holy Grail movie. Castle Tioram is a ruined castle situated in a beautiful position in Moidart and is well worth a day-trip to visit. Old Inverlochy Castle was built in the 13th century and the ruin can be seen at the western end of the Great Glen in Fort William. And of course there is Eilean Donan Castle which sits on an island where three sea-lochs meet just south of Kyle of Lochalsh.

Wildlife

Another big attraction in the area is the wild life. You could spot roe deer, red squirrels, seals and otters and of course experience the rich variety of birds. Here at Cuilcheanna we sometimes get deer in the garden and often on the hill behind us. Deer have even been seen on the beach along with otters, white tailed eagles and herons.

Glenborrodale is on the way to the Ardnamurchan peninsula and is home to an RSPB bird sanctuary. Or take your binoculars to the Garbh Eilean wildlife hide and spend a couple of hours spotting seals, otters and birds of prey.

Lochaber is home to many beautiful beaches. Such as the the clear blue seas and white sands of Camusdarrach beach at Arisaig, the Silver Sands of Morar and the Singing Sands of Kentra.