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Fort William - Crianlarich
Between Fort William and Crianlarich
Between Crianlarich and Glasgow: Loch Lomond
Driving and Detours:
Approximate distance: 47 miles or 75 km
Going South out of Fort William the A82 is lined with Bed and Breakfast Accommodation and Hotels, all facing across Loch Linne to the hills of Ardgour. 8 miles along there is a turning to the right to the Corran ferry which takes cars and passengers across the narrowest point of the Loch to Sunart, Morven and Ardnamurchan, the most westerly point of the British mainland.
The Corran Ferry.
View from Onich across Loch Linnhe to Creach Bheinn and Sgor Mhic Eacharna.
At Ballachulish the road crosses a bridge over Loch Leven, skirts under the shadows of Ben Vair and enters Glen Coe, well known both for its historical associations with the terrible massacre of 38 of the MacDonalds of Glencoe on the night of the 13th February 1692 by the Earl of Argyll's Regiment of Foot, and also its superb scenery and challenging rock-climbing opportunities. There is a National Trust visitor centre, and many places to park the car, but the best experience of Glencoe is only to be had by making a well-planned walk into the hills.
See this page of Images of Glen Coe.
At the head of Glencoe the road opens across the western end of Rannoch Moor, a wild and empty (of people) wetland moor stretching many miles to the East to Loch Rannoch. There are no roads across to it and walking there is advisable only if you plan the trip properly.
At Tyndrum, 5 miles before Crianlarrich is the Green Welly Shop and restaurant. This is a great place for buying outdoor gear, souvenirs, whiskey, etc. The restaurant is much to be recommended: good keenly priced home made cooking makes it one of the very few road-side cafes worth stopping for.
There are countless places to visit among the inlets and islands on the west cost. I hope one day to have detours which explore Ardnamurchan, Moidart and Morvern to the West of Loch Linnhe.
Then there is a wonderful drive south along the coast to Oban and further to Kilmichael, Knapdale, Lochgilphead to the Mull of Kintyre.
Oban is the place from which to go by ferry to Mull, Iona, and the islands of the Inner Hebrides.
Accommodation en route or round about:
Bed & Breakfast accommodation:
Signal Rock Cottage - bed and breakfast cabin in the heart of spectacular Glencoe.
Self-catering houses and cottages:
The Strachur Estate: Garden Cottage, Glen Cottage, Laurel Bank and Gate Lodge. Loch Fyne - rural seclusion on a Highland Estate. Sleeping 4 to 5, 4 to 5, 8 + 1, and 3.
Kennels Cottage, Craobh Haven. Overlooking the sea and islands, natural horse riding next door, sleeps 8.
5 self-catering cottages on 2 large estates, Mull, sleeping between 4 and 12.
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