Thursday, 4 December 2008

Inchree Waterfall at Onich

We had a trip to Inchree waterfall at Onich which is directly across Loch Linnhe from the Hollytree. You can actually make the waterfall out with long range binoculars from the end of the Hollytree Pier.

Onich is about six miles away by road around Loch Linnhe. The waterfall is only a short walk from the forest Enterprise car park at Onich. There are lots of longer walks that you can have a go at once you have seen the waterfall.

The views of Onich and Cuilchenna point are spectacular and you can see over the top of Onich into upper Loch Linnhe across to the Corran Narrows and the Corran ferry.

Wee Paul has actually been abseiling near to the waterfall with a School outward bound trip much to the horror of his mother......

Walk the Pap of Glencoe

We recently took Matthew up for a wee walk up the pap of Glencoe.....

The Pap of Glencoe, or Sgorr na Ciche, is the big hill which looks over Glencoe village. Its only actually just over 740 metres high but the views from the top are spectacular. Views of the entire Glencoe and Loch Leven area are fantastic and the path is well marked out.

In this last picture you can see all the way up Loch Leven to the Ballachulish bridge and beyond. There is something quite special about having a walk in Glencoe. We have an excellent walking map available at reception which shows this and lots of other walks in the Highlands.

A walk to the Radio Mast at Glenachulish

We enjoyed a very nice walk to the radio mast in Glenachulish. You can actually walk all the way from the Hotel along the cycle path to Glenachulish and then up on the forest path to the site of the radio mast. Its on the route of the famous Horseshoe walk in Glenachulish which is a longer walk which follows the shpae of a horseshoe around Glenachulish and includes two munros. We had the kids so this was just a gentle walk along very good forest tracks.

Once there, with the fanstastic view, Josh finds his book of creepy crawlies more interesting than the view over Cuilchenna Point and Onich.

Eventually he has a look and agrees its not bad......
This view is from about half way down the track and is looking through a gap in the trees across Loch Leven all the way to Kinlochleven.
Well worth a visit....

Glencoe Sailing Regatta

The start of June saw Glencoe Boat Club have their annual Regatta.

A passage race from Oban to Onich Pier just across the water from the Hollytree is the first race. The day was blessed with good sailing conditions with a sunshine and reasonable wind.

Great to see kids having a go in the ideal sailing conditions.

Some sails against a stunning background of the Ballachulish Bridge and the mountains of Ardgour

Peter Watt and Vaila looking well heeled....

Saturday saw ideal sailing conditions with both the larger keelboats and the sailing dingys have a great days racing.

The winner of the passage race on adjusted time was the interestingly named "Black Pig."

Everything was wrapped up with a dinner dance and prizegiving in Ballachulish hall with a traditional Scottish Ceilidh band.

All in all a great weekend in the spectacular sailing background of the Scottish Highlands.