Kinlochleven is a fantastic base to explore the West Coast of Scotland and the Northern Highlands.
Mallaig – Mallaig is a port in Lochaber, on the west coast of the Highlands of Scotland. The local railway station, Mallaig, is the terminus of the West Highland railway line and the town is linked to Fort William by the A830 road – the “Road to the Isles”. Around a 1.5-2 hr drive from Kinlochleven. Popular sites to take in en route are The Glenfinnan Viaduct & Monument, the silver white sandy beaches of Morar and the Jacobite Steam Train.
Oban – Take a drive through to Oban (around 1 hour) and walk along the bay or sample some fresh seafood at the harbour. While there why not take a boat trip with one of the many local sea exploring companies such as StaffaTours. Or perhaps you fancy some island hopping? Hop on a ferry to explore Kerrera, Mull or Iona. If you would prefer to stay ashore, there is plenty to visit in Oban centre itself from a tour around Oban Distillery, a stroll around Dunollie Castle, a walk up to McCaig’s Tower or sampling some handmade chocolates at Oban Chocolate Company.
Inverness – Perhaps you wish to visit somewhere a little busier? Why not take a drive further north to Inverness. Watch out for Nessie on your way round Loch Ness, Fort Augustus & Drumnadroicht are both well worth a stop off in. Once in Inverness you could visit Inverness Castle or take a trip slightly further north to Culloden Battlefield.
Stirling – Take a trip east by car to Stirling (around a 2-2.5 hr drive). Stirling is a city in central Scotland. At the heart of its old town, medieval Stirling Castle is on a craggy volcanic rock. On the Abbey Craig outcrop, the National Wallace Monument is a 19th-century tower. It overlooks the site of the 1297 Battle of Stirling Bridge, where William Wallace defeated the English. The Battle of Bannockburn Experience has interactive 3D displays on the history of the 1314 conflict.
Skye – Probably the longest of all the suggested daytrips, Skye is a long drive away on some very windy roads. However it is possible to drive to see Eilean Donan Castle (around 2.5 hr away) which lies just on the outskirts of Skye, just a short while before the Skye Bridge.
Ardnamurchan Peninsula – The Ardnamurchan peninsula is a wild, remote yet beautiful place full of wonderful scenery situated on the west coast of Scotland, noted for being very unspoiled and undisturbed. Its remoteness is accentuated by the main access route being a single track road for much of its length. Popular sights are Sanna Bay, Ardnamurchan Lighthouse and Ardnamurchan Distillery. Take the Corran Ferry from Nether Lochaber to Ardgour. Around a 2-2.5 hr drive.