Springburn Farmhouse

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Things to see and do near Springburn Farmhouse

The following trips and attractions are only some of the highlights our local area has to offer, as the list of things to see and do around Lochaber is almost endless. You will find further tourist information within the electronic guest information pack programmed into the Smart TV in your room.

And, to ensure you get the most out of your Highland holiday, and hit all the ‘must do’ activities while you are with us, we would be delighted to offer advice and assistance in planning your itinerary. In the meantime, here’s a few ideas to get you started!

The Outdoor Capital of the UK

Springburn Farmhouse is located in Lochaber – known as the ‘Outdoor Capital of the UK’ – check out the huge list of  attractions and activities available throughout the region at the Outdoor Capital.

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Jacobite Steam Train

Described as “The greatest railway journey in the world”, this 84-mile round trip has been immortalised as the ‘Hogwarts Express’ in the Harry Potter series of films. Starting near the highest mountain in the UK, Ben Nevis, it crosses the spectacular Glenfinnan Viaduct with its stunning views down Loch Sheil, before visiting Britain's most westerly mainland railway station, Arisaig and passing close by the deepest freshwater loch in Britain, Loch Morar.

On a clear summer's day, you can see the "Small Isles" of Rum, Eigg, Muck, Canna and the southern tip of Skye. The train passes the silvery beaches of Morar, used in the films "Highlander" and "Local Hero," before stopping in Mallaig for around 90 mins - an ideal period to take a short cruise for some dolphin spotting. This is a very popular trip and booking is essential.

Mallaig Wildlife Boat Trips

If you do nothing else whilst visiting Mallaig, you must do this! The One-Hour Wildlife Cruise has become the best attraction in Mallaig. Designed to fit in with the Jacobite Steam Train and Scot Rail timetables, this trip leaves Mallaig at 12:45 and 17:00 daily April to October returning with plenty of time for the trains back to Fort William.

The cruise departs the harbour with the isles of Skye, Rhum, and Eigg to the right. Crossing the entrance to Loch Nevis, the vessel travels to Green Island on the Knoydart Peninsula. The waters are frequently visited by a variety of birds, seals, porpoises, dolphins, whales, and basking sharks.

The cruise boat, the MV Western Isles, has toilets and a whisky bar aboard and you are welcome to bring your own food from the Mallaig Chip Shop or a sandwich from one of the local shops.

Children under five and dogs travel free.

Climb Ben Nevis

At 1,345 metres (4,413 ft), Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the UK and dominates the local landscape.

Located just outside Fort William, Ben Nevis is approx. 15 mins from Springburn Farmhouse. The mountain is a popular destination, attracting an estimated 125,000 walkers a year, around three-quarters of which use the Pony Track from Glen Nevis Visitor Centre.

Whether you're an avid ambler or you just love beautiful landscapes, ‘bagging the Ben' is likely to feature near the top of your Scottish bucket list. But, remember, it’s a tough climb taking between 6 and 8 hours, with variable weather possible at the summit, so suitable clothing and a decent level of fitness is required.

The summit, which is the collapsed dome of an ancient volcano, features the ruins of an observatory which was continuously staffed between 1883 and 1904. The meteorological data collected during this period is still important for understanding Scottish mountain weather.

Nevis Range Mountain Gondola

The Nevis Range Mountain Gondola is the only one of its kind in Britain and takes passengers 650m up the mountain. It was built on the north face of Aonach Mòr, the 8th highest mountain in Britain, originally as a way to transport skiers to the slopes. The Mountain Gondola has become an amazing year-round visitor attraction, allowing visitors to enjoy the scenic ride and absorb the stunning views and clear mountain air.

It is also widely used by hill walkers to access summer routes as well as mountain bikers who ride the exciting & challenging downhill tracks and by paragliders on their journey to the clouds. There are two easy 60 to 90 min walks at the top of the Gondola with some spectacular views of the Great Glen to the north and Loch Linnhe and Loch Eil to the south. At the top of the Gondola, there is a well-stocked restaurant and bar with seating offering magnificent views of the area.

Cruise Loch Linnhe – Fort William

Seal Island Cruise This 2-hour cruise to seal island is the perfect activity for wildlife lovers, historians, photographers, and geologists alike! With a live commentary from an experienced skipper and with refreshments provided by a friendly crew - you will be kept entertained throughout your trip. Departs the town pier daily at 10.30am, 1pm and 3.30pm 

Evening Cruise These summer evening cruises are the perfect way to relax after exploring the mountains and glens of Lochaber! Enjoy spectacular views of Ben Nevis, islands teeming with birdlife, and unbeatable sunsets over the granite hills! There is also a range of local beers and whiskies aboard for you to sample. This 90 minute cruises departs the town pier daily at 7pm.

Local Walks & Bike Trails

There are dozens, upon dozens, of walks throughout the local area and too many to try and list here! Needless to say, there are walks of all types and durations from leisurely forest tracks around Leanachan Forest to challenging mountain ridge walks across many of the local mountain ranges.

We are happy to advise on the suitability of many local walks and we recommend the excellent and informative Walk Highlands website and App as the most useful resource to help you plan any walks you wish to take

Glenfinnan & Loch Shiel

Glenfinnan is a great day trip with the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct and majestic views of the mountains sweeping down across the Glenfinnan Monument to the picturesque Loch Shiel beyond. It’s around 30-minutes from Springburn Farmhouse where you can watch the Jacobite Steam Train cross the Viaduct then stop at the visitor centre to learn about the 1745 Jacobite Uprising. Take the short walk to the see the lone Highlander on top of the Monument and take the dizzying climb up the tower for an unrivalled view of Loch Shiel.

One of the most picturesque churches in Scotland is located just a few minutes from the quirky Glenfinnan Station Heritage Museum where a restored Dining Car offers refreshments and the gift shop stocks an array of Glenfinnan memorabilia.

Finally, Glenfinnan Station has a restored railway carriage serving teas, coffees, snacks and a great lunch. Step back  in time and soak up the atmosphere of a time gone by and enjoy some excellent West Highland fare prepared by  experienced local staff using i=only the nest locally sourced ingredients.

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Springburn Farmhouse is located in Lochaber – known as the ‘Outdoor Capital of the UK’ – check out the huge list of  attractions and activities available throughout the region at the Outdoor Capital. 

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