Western Highlands, Scotland
Located on the shores of Loch Leven and the edge of North Ballachulish village in the Lochaber region of the Western Highlands, Alltshellach is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts attracted by all the region has to offer.
The area is famous for its mountain biking, however leisure cyclists may enjoy a ride along the Caledonian Canal or take the ferry to Lismore to explore the island on its quiet roads.
Nearby For William is a bustling resort close to Ben Nevis. Located at the southern end of the Great Glen, Fort William became a favourite location for Victorian travelers when the railway arrived in 1890. Some even arrived by paddle-steamer travelling along the Caledonian Canal and into Loch Ness.
It was the arrival of these “southern” Victorian travelers and the towns close proximity to Ben Nevis that changed the face of this comparatively small rural community forever leading to the nickname “The Outdoor Capital of the UK”.
Ben Nevis is Britain's highest mountain and its dramatic effect is emphasised by the fact that it begins its rise from sea level on the shores of Loch Linnhe, to tower 4,406ft above Fort William - an almost paternal presence.
Lying below Ben Nevis’ paternal shadow is the picturesque Glen Nevis. Flanked on the north by Ben Nevis and two accessible mountains to the east, the glen is a place of peace and tranquility. There is a delightful walk through the gorge in the Glen, where the River Nevis cascades and tumbles down from the surrounding mountains on its way to the sea.
The bustling harbour town of Oban, about 45 minutes’ drive south of Alltshellach, is a popular destination with visitors. There's always plenty of activity around the harbour and McCraig’s Tower (a remarkable folly built in the style of a Roman amphitheatre) has commanding views over the town.
Take a ferry from Oban to the popular Island of Mull and visit the colourful harbour at Tobermory or the famous abbey on the Isle of Iona which lies just off Mulls’ western shore.
The peaceful island of Lismore is ideal for a relaxed exploration. You can hire bikes at Port Appin, about 30 minutes’ drive south of Alltshellach, then take the short ferry crossing to the island.
The Jacobite steam train from Fort William to Mallaig is a stunning way to view the region. This scenic line includes the famous Glenfinnan viaduct, featured in the Harry Potter films.
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