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.


Friday, 2 May 2008

Cycle path is now tarred and ready to go!

The walking and cycle path beside the Hotel has now been fully tarred.

Many cyclists and walkers have started using the path as an excellent coastal walk. You can walk all the way to the roundabout at Ballachulish bridge without seeing a single car!

Of course some people prefer to do thier own thing and not walk on the path.....

The view from the path is fantastic.

Thursday, 3 April 2008

To catch a Mocking Bird

Actually its one of wee Paul's ducks which managed to escape and looked a bit lost in the water beside the slip. Here is Paul looking on trying to work out a plan.....

Here are some of the others trying the same from a different angle.

Duck rescue complete!

Hannah gets in on the act.....

The cycle path is nearly finished.

The new cycle path close to the Hotel is nearing completion.

This is the view onto the pier from the pathway about a mile from the Hotel. The path goes all the way to the Hotel and we will make walkers and cyclists very welcome with all day food and drink....

The path is being constructed by a charity called Sustrans and is part of a national cycle path network. This section of the path runs from Oban to Ballachulish and joins with the Fort William cycle path. This means a day trip from Oban to Fort William is possible. The path mostly follows the route of the old railway line and so "hugs" the coast for most of the way. Great views!

The views to Ardgour from the path. Not a bad day for March....

As well as cycling the path is free to walkers and will rival the West Highland Way. A walk all the way top Oban from the Hotel will be around twenty two miles and follows the coast along the fantastic scenery and not even too many hills.

This is the kids bikes left on the track whilst they investigate some trees!

The path is still be tarred which will happen within the next few months according to Sustrans.

The only thing you are not allowed on the path will be cars or motorbikes.