Further away, but a day trip from Torlundy House

These places are a bit further away from Torlundy House, but are all easily accessible as a “day trip”. With many of them it is a circular tour so you get a change of scenery. Many guests do at least one of these to get the very best out of the area especially if not staying anywhere else in the Western Highlands.

Further afield Trips and Tours, available as printed sheets for you to take away with you. We have produced the tour sheets to include lots of extra sights you may not find in guide books. There are even some suggestions for places to get an evening meal or snack on your way back to us.

  • The Skye tour – set off to Mallaig, see the Glenfinnan Monument and the “Harry Potter Viaduct”. Take the ferry to Skye, visit Portree, Dunvegan Castle, the Old Man of Stoer, the Fairy Glen and Pools. Then on your way back on the mainland, Eilean Donan Castle. A very full day, early breakfast advised and pre-booking of the ferry in the summer months, late return.
  • The Ardnamurchan tour – set off to Glenfinnan, see the Monument, and “Harry Potter Viaduct”. Next drive onto see Castle Tioram near Acharacle.  The end of the Ardnamurchan Peninsula with it’s lighthouse, is the most westerly point on the UK mainland. Look for whales in the sea below the cliffs, visit pristine white beaches. On the way back take the Corran ferry before heading back to Fort William and Torlundy House.
  • Inverness & Culloden – drive to Inverness on the north west side of Loch Ness, through Fort Augustus, see Urquhart Castle on the shores of Loch Ness, visit the Loch Ness Visitor Centre at Drumnadrochitt, stop off in Inverness if you wish, it is the Capital of the Highlands a cosmopolitan city, then onto the Culloden Battlefield, the historic site of the last land battle in the UK, then on your way back take the road along the south eastern side of Lochness, enjoy the view across the water to Urquhart Castle, walk to the waterfalls at Foyers, then back to Fort Augustus and Torlundy.
  • Aviemore – drive to Aviemore through Monarch of the Glen country and into the Cairngorm National Park. Visit the Highland Wildlife Park to see Scottish Wildcats, Wolves and other animals both indigenous and non indigenous. At Aviemore you could go to the Cairngorm Ski centre and take the fernicular railway up the mountain. Follow the same route back to Torlundy, stop for an evening meal in the Old Station Restaurant in Spean Bridge, in converted station buildings.
  • Oban and the Cruachan Power Station – drive to Oban stopping off to look at Castle Stalker en-route, pay a visit to the Distillery Visitor Centre in Oban. Then drive to the Cruachan Power station, created by tunnelling 1km into the mountain and using water from a loch 1000 feet above to generate electricity. You are taken by bus into the mountain to see the generating hall and there is a wonderful visitor centre. Return to Fort William via Rannoch Mor and Glen Coe. If you have time a drive down Glen Etive is wonderful, usually deer to be seen

There is much more to see on each of the trips, too much for us to mention here, but you will find most of it on our Further afield Trips and Tours information sheets. Here are a few pictures to wet your appetite.