Plenty to see & do…
The village of Spean Bridge is nestled in the Great Glen and has spectacular views to the Grey Corries and Aonach Mor Mountains. The village itself has a general store, Post Office, Woollen Mill, train station and a selection of hotels and restaurants.
The Spean Bridge area is a haven for the outdoor enthusiast as we are located in the Outdoor Capital of the UK. Climbing, walking, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, golf and mountain biking are all easily accessible from Spean Bridge and Ben Nevis (Britain’s highest mountain) is only 15 mins drive away.
The Nevis Range Ski & Mountain Resort is only 5 miles from Spean Bridge and offers year round access to the Aonach Mor mountain by cable car. During the winter months skiing and snowboarding are on offer while in the Summer mountain biking and walking can be enjoyed.
Lying at the foot of Ben Nevis, Glen Nevis is the starting point for the footpath to climb ‘the Ben’. If that sounds to like too much hard work why not just relax with a picnic beside the river and enjoy the views!
The Commando Memorial
The famous Commando Memorial is located just one mile north of Spean Bridge and provides spectacular views to Aonach Mor and Ben Nevis. The memorial remembers the commandos based in nearby Achnacarry which used this area for training.
The Caledonian Canal
Built in the early 19th century the Caledonian Canal was designed and engineered by Thomas Telford to provide a link between the west and east coasts of Scotland. The canal can accessed at Gairlochy (3.75 miles away) and is ideal for a gentle stroll or cycle amidst stunning scenery. The famous Neptunes Staircase can be seen at Banavie near Fort William where boats have to navigate the 7 lock gates from sea level to and from the upper Caledonian Canal.
Originally one of the Jacobite Forts built to subdue the Highlanders, Fort William lies on the shore of Loch Linnhe in the shadow of Ben Nevis. The town has a good range of shops, restaurants, pubs and leisure facilities. Take a boat trip from the town and enjoy the views and the wildlife or visit the remains of Old Inverlochy Castle originally built in 1280.
The Great Glen Way
Scenic and mostly low level long distance walk (73 miles). It runs from Fort William to Inverness with Gairlochy the nearest point, at 3.75 miles, from Spean Bridge.
For those wanting to venture further afield Spean Bridge provides an ideal base to explore, all these destinations are all within a few hours drive:-
- Ardnamurchan Peninsula
- Fort Augustus/Loch Ness and Inverness
- The Isle of Skye
- Glenfinnan and Mallaig
Scottish Highland Tours
Why not take a day tour to any of the above destinations with Scottish Highland Tours. Based in Fort William Scottish Highland Tours offer personalised guided tours of Scotland including The Isle of Skye, Mull & Iona, Oban, Glencoe and Loch Ness. The knowledgeable driver/guide will tell you all about Scottish history and let you visit all the local attractions. Find out more…