Whilst there is plenty to do locally in the Glenspean area, the location is also ideal as a base for touring a large part of the Highlands. What follows is a list and brief description of some of the many places worth a day trip whilst staying in the area:
Within 1 hour:
- Glen Nevis: Lying at the foot of "The Ben", with spectacular scenery and walks to suit all abilities.
- Ben Nevis Footpath: Starting in Glen Nevis - allow a day and some aches and pains to climb Britains highest peak, but it will be worth it for the views!
- Creag Meagaidh National Park: About 30 minutes drive from Spean Bridge along the A86 and home to Mountain Hares, Golden Eagles, Ptarmigan and some spectacular scenery. This area has something for every one, whether you're out for a gentle stroll or an exhilirating climb.
- Glenfinnan Monument: Scottish National Trust owned Monument commemorating the landing of Bonnie Prince Charlie and all those who died in the 1745 Uprising. There is also a Visitor Centre, and nearby is the picturesque Glenfinnan Viaduct and the Station Museum.
- Fort Augustus & Loch Ness: Fort Augustus sits at the SE end of Loch Ness, and some of the best views of the loch are from the Abbey there. - Perfect for Nessie spotting!
- Fort William: Originally one of the Forts built to subdue the Highlanders, Fort William lies on the shore of Loch Linnhe in the towering shadow of Ben Nevis. It is now a busy service town and Tourist Centre with 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 travel on the Jacobite Steam Train to Mallaig. Just to the east of the town you can visit the remains of Old Inverlochy Castle. This impressive structure was originally built in 1280, and recent stabilising work has allowed it to open to the public again.
- Water Sports: Loch Oich, on the Great Glen and Loch Leven to the south have well equipped waters sports
Grey Corries from Corriechoille
Within 2 hours:
- Aviemore: A busy skiing resort in the winter, there's plenty to do in the summer, including swimming, ice skating, water sports, dry ski slope, distillery visits, Strathspey Railway.
- Ardnamurchan Point Lighthouse: On the most westerly point in the British isles. The scenery on this peninsula should not be missed.
- Glen Coe: Aptly named the "Monarch of Glens". Everything in Glen Coe is on a grand scale from its soaring mountains to it's plunging waterfalls. It was here that the infamous massacre of 1692 took place when the Campbells turned on the MacDonalds. There is also the National Trust Visitor Centre here.
- Glenelg: See the beautiful setting for Gavin Maxwell's "Ring of Bright Water", and visit the fascinating prehistoric Brochs. In summer , the ferry will take you across to Skye in just a few minutes, landing only a short distance from the Otter Hide at Kylerhea.
- Inverness: Follow the "Nessie Trail" along Loch Ness to the Highland Capital, at the NE end of the Great Glen on the mouth of the River Ness. The town has a good range of tourist shops. From the Harbour you can take a boat trip to see the dolphins in the Moray Firth. Culloden Battlefield, Clava Cairns, Rosemarkie & Cromarty are all a short distance away and worth a visit.
- Isle of Skye: Reached either by the Ferries from Mallaig and Glenelg (summer only) or the Road Bridge at Kyle, Skye has some of the most varied scenery of all the Islands - from the rugged beauty of the Cuillins in the south of island, to the coral beaches and clear water of its coast. An island with a strong sense of community, you are likely to hear the native Gaelic spoken here. You must leave a day free for this trip.
- Road to the Isles: The road between Fort William and Mallaig. This has recently been upgraded, with a new, fast, inland road. Follow the old coastal route to enjoy a slower pace and some lovely white sandy beaches. Mallaig itself is a busy fishing port. Here you can take the beautiful ferry crossing "Over the Sea to Skye" (Vehicles in Summertime only).
- Oban: A busy fishing / ferry town with a good selection of interesting shops. This town is known as the "Athens of the North" due to the mock Colosseum built on the hill overlooking the town in 1897. Ferries from here sail to the Isle of Mull, Lismore, Colonsay, Tiree, Coll, Barra and South Uist.
- Sea Life Centre: A short distance to the north of Oban, here you can see (and even touch!) much of the Sea Life native to the West Coast of Scotland, including meeting young, rescued seals.
- Whisky Trail: If you enjoy a dram now and then, this is heaven! Take the A86 to the east and you will soon come across one of the many Speyside distilleries. Many offer free tours, and often a free dram!