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Visit Kinlochleven on the West Highland Way

Kinlochleven is a small village at the head of Loch Leven, a sea loch which reaches well inland. The village is on the West Highland Way

Kinlochleven had its future secured when in1926 The British Aluminium Company began smelting aluminium by harnessing the power of the waters from the surrounding mountains. Once a major employer to villagers and many, many more, Kinlochleven is now a bustling village with walkers stopping over-night on their way to Fort William as they near the end of the West Highland Way.
 
Some of the mighty buildings which were formerly part of the smelting process are now two successful businesses attracting attention to themselves from all over. The Ice Factor is a huge indoor climbing centre with tuition, climbing sessions, shop and cafe. River Leven Brewery next door produces a range of cask conditioned real ales and lagers.
 
We think you would enjoy a visit to this interesting village - there's lots to see and do. There is a museum about the history of the smelting and the village which has lots of fascinating old photos. Kinlochleven has a small choice of pubs, shops and a good selection of accommodation, including a remarkable former hunting lodge perched high on a hill above the village. In 2021 and beyond there are exciting plans for the development of new outdoor facilities including watersports.

The last section of the West Highland Way climbs from sea-level in the village through the hills towards Glen Nevis and then into Fort William.

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Chase The Wild Goose Hostel Fort William
A very warm welcome to Chase The Wild Goose Hostel. Located just a short distance from Fort William town centre, the hostel is an ideal base for climbing Ben Nevis, visiting the Nevis Range and riding the Jacobite Steam Train (aka Hogwarts Express). This is a fantastic hostel in Fort William, with friendly environment and beautiful surroundings. The hostel is located at Banavie, close to the Caledonian Canal with the Lochy Bar and Moorings Hotel just a stones throw away for meals and refrreshments after a long day on the hill or touring the Scottish Highlands. THE HOSTEL has 46 beds in a mix of double, twin, family and dormitory accommodation, providing for the needs of individuals, families, backpackers and small groups. Theres a small self-catering kitchen should you want to cook your own meals, but you can buy a fantastic 'All-you-can-eat-anytime' continental breakfast for just a few pounds. You can eat it any time, even before you go to bed. Being a little out of town we hope to offer a better nights sleep before your energetic day on the hills than perhaps you might receive in a town centre establishment. OUR GUESTS - The hostel is also a popular stop-over for enthusiasts on the 3-peaks challenge, walkers of the Great Glen Way and West Highland Way and caters for visitors to the Mountain Bike challenges nearby, water sports enthusiasts and can even organise a mountain guide to take you up Ben Nevis. BEN NEVIS - To top all this, the area is renowned for having the best views of Ben Nevis. 'HOGWARTS EXPRESS' - If you are less energetic, visit Neptunes Staircase or ride the famous Jacobite steam train featured in the Harry Potter films, as the 'Hogwarts Express'. Come and experience this amazing place...! Our testimonials show us to be one of the best hostels near Ben Nevis. Please visit our website for more comprehensive information or to book.
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Minard Cottage
We have 2 holiday cottages in iconic Glencoe: ​ Minard Cottage. Sleeps 6-8 Adults and 1-3 Juniors.  The Bunkie Chalet. Sleeps 2 Adults and 1-2 Juniors.  ​ Based in stunning Glencoe, our holiday cottages are in Scotland's most iconic glen and the perfect base for exploring the West Highlands of Scotland.    Minard cottage is the perfect holiday home in the Highlands of Scotland. Located in Tigh Phuirt, Glencoe the cottage is an ideal base for a self catering break in Scotland. Few locations rival the West Highlands of Scotland for scenery, history and culture and Glencoe is perhaps the most beautiful and iconic glen of them all.  ​ The original cottage dates back to the 18th century and sits above the old ferry crossing point for the MacDonald burial islands in Loch Leven. The cottage gets its name from the village of Minard on the shores of Loch Fyne in Argyll.  ​ Glencoe is the perfect base to explore the Highlands of Scotland. Oban (the seafood capital of Scotland is about 45 mins to the south). From Oban, day trips can be made to the Isle of Mull, Iona, Lismore and beyond. Fort William (the outdoor capital of the UK is about 30 mins to the north) and a continued drive to Mallaig, on the world famous Road to the Isles, takes in some of the most breathtaking scenery anywhere in the world.  ​ Glencoe Ski Centre is about 15mins drive away and it is easy to be first on the slopes. The world famous mountains of Glencoe are all within walking distance of the front door. Cycle paths surround the area giving challenging downhill mountain biking through to tarmac cycle lanes on the Atlantic Coast Trail.  ​ The immediate area is well served with convenience stores, banking facilities, garage, hardware, gift shops, bars and restaurants.  ​
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