Places To Visit
With almost too many to mention, here are just some of the delights you can sample whilst staying here at Pineapple House
Fort William, the Ben Nevis Distillery, the Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge … or why not book a trip on the The Jacobite Steam Train taking you over the Glenfinnan Viaduct made famous by the Harry Potter films. Just a few of the places to visit and all just over a half hour drive away.
Take in the beauty of the Glen Nevis with its Visitor Centre telling you about the UK’s highest mountain Ben Nevis and the panoramic views over Loch Linnhe and Loch Lochy. If you don’t fancy the strenuous walk up ‘the Ben’, take the Nevis Range mountain gondola rising above Aonach Mor and enjoy a coffee (or more) in the Snowgoose Restaurant 650m above sea level.
Just over an eight mile drive and you will start to enter the stunning valley of Glencoe with its abundant hill walking. Visit the National Trust of Scotland visitor centre telling the story of the infamous 1692 Massacre of the Macdonalds as well as the history of the extraordinary geology of the area. Not forgetting of course, that neighbouring Glen Etive was used for the location of James Bond’s home in the film “Skyfall”.
With stunning views of the loch, walks, The Greymare’s Tail waterfall and incorporating part of the West Highland Way, Kinlochleven is a 20 minute drive from Pineapple House. Take the high road or the low road – the views are stunning either way and will certainly not disappoint.
A five minute drive (or slightly longer walk) and you will be at the beautiful pebbled beach at Cuil Bay with its atmospheric setting overlooking Loch Linnhe and the islands of Balnagowan, Lismore, Shuna and, in the distance, Mull. Sunsets here can be stunning and a must-do visit for photographers.
A delightful trip out is a visit to Port Appin with its photogenic views of Castle Stalker. Stop for lunch or early supper at the Pier House Restaurant or morning coffee or afternoon tea at the Castle Stalker View Café. Take the passenger ferry over to Lismore and explore the wonders of this historic island.
The Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary, Barcaldine
Visit this superb seal life centre with its aquarium and seal rescue facility. Located on the shores of Loch Creran this offers a fun day out for children and adults alike.
With shops, restaurants, McCaigs Tower, the Oban Distillery and ferries to the beautiful islands of Mull and Iona, Oban is a great place to visit. If you want to take the ferry to one of the islands, you will need a full day. Start early and finish with a wonderful fish supper in Scotland’s “Fish Restaurant Capital”.
Cruachan Power Station
Buried one kilometre below ground, deep within the mountain of Ben Cruachan on the shores of Lochawe is Cruachan Power Station. Its cavernous interior houses enormous power turbines converting the power of water into electricity. This five star attraction is visited by thousands of people every year