Glencoe Self Catering

Castles and Historical Sites

Castle Stalker – Appin

On the A828 towards Oban. Once you enter Portnacroish you can’t miss the magnificent sight of Castle Stalker that is on the right, as you descend into Port Appin. When the owners are in residence, you see the Saltire flying. There is a tearoom and gift shop at the top of the hill that has fantastic views towards the castle.

James of the Glen Trail – Kentallen

Take a left when you exit the hotel then turn right up the forestry track after the signs for Ardnoe House on the Leitir Mhor road. This forest walk leads you to a cairn dedicated to the sight of the Appin Murder, for which James of the Glen was wrongly hung.

Glenfinnan Monument

Take the Mallaig road from Fort William. The Glenfinnan monument was erected in tribute to those clansmen who fought and died while following Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite cause. The National Trust Visitor Centre has a snack bar, Displays and Commentaries.

Commando Memorial - Spean Bridge

Follow the road to Inverness out of Fort William until you reach the village of Spean Bridge. The Commando Memorial sits high above the village and has outstanding views to Nevis Range and the Grey Corries. The monument itself was erected in memory of the fallen soldiers of the Second World War who trained in Achnacarry.

Castle Tioram

Cross the Corran Ferry and follow the signs for Acharacle. Castle Tioram itself is a wee bit hard to find, but pick up the signs for Dorlin. At the end of this road there is a car park, picnic site and information board. At low tide, you can cross over to the Castle.

Duart Castle, Mull

You can either go to Mull via the ferry at Oban, or cross over the Corran Ferry and go via the shorter Lochaline Ferry. This is the Home of the Chief of the Clan MacLean, and has been for over 400 years. The Castle is perched on a cliff-top, guarding the Sound of Mull.

Urquhart Castle

On the road to Inverness, and very popular stop off point. These are the ruins of one of Scotland’s largest Castles with fantastic views over Loch Ness. They are currently working on improving the car parking, which at times is quite limited, and a visitor centre with shop and café.

Dunstaffnage Castle – Dunbeg, by Oban

Halfway between Connel and Oban turn right into Dunbeg villge and drive through Dunbeg until you reach the castle. Very interesting historical background and fantastic view onto Lismore and Mull. They also have some nice display boards providing some good information and also have some well maintained gardens. See the history of Castle Stalker to understand a bit more about this lovely castle. Superb position with lovely walks close by.

Iona Abbey - Iona

Cross over to Iona from Mull and you will reach this world famous Abbey that is the burial Centre of Scottish Kings. St Columbus arrived here and established Iona as a major part in the spread of Christianity throughout the United Kingdom. You can do this in a day and its well worth a visit. Its a must do destination for lots of visitors to the Highands so is always busy but this means some good facilities including shops and cafe's and the ferry is very good. Iona has a unique aura about the place that makes it a special place to visit and many a girl has been named by their mother after a visit there. If you have time a Gordon Grant boat trip to the Island of Staffa to visit Fingals cave is a once in a lifetime experience.

Glencoe Folk Museum, Glencoe

Situated in the heart of Glencoe village, just beside the village shop. Unique Museum with its own thatched roof. Open April to October. Lots of local info regarding the massacre of Glencoe and lots on Glencoe historical background.

Eilean Donan Castle

Few would argue with its claim to be Scotland's most romantic castle with its stunning shoreline location. Was featured in the original Highlander film- "there can only be one..." with Scotlands own hero Sean Connery featuring in a bit part. A good one and a half hour drive from Glencoe but a stunning drive up to Kyle of Lochalsh with lots of coffee stops on the way. 

Highland Folk Musuem, Newtonmore  

A mile long site full of dwelling houses and other buildings from both the 1700's and the 1930's showing old ways of life. This is a well thought out attraction past Dalwhinnie on the A9 which tries to show different cultures and heritage with reference to issues like daily work and pastimes. Nice coffee shop and various other things for kids such as walks and playframes. Usually a quiet scenic road to drive. 

Kilmartin House

Follow A828 to Oban then pick up the signs for Lochghilphead. The award winning Kilmartin House traces back 5000 years of History. Intense audio-visual experience, bookshop and lovely café. Kilmartin itself has mysterious standing stones, impressive burial cairns and enigmatic carved rocks.