Situated on the shores of Loch Linnhe, on the A828 between Oban and Fort William, Kentallen lies just south of Glencoe, Ballachulish and Loch Leven.
Before You Come
There are brochures in the Cottage showing various attractions, and OS maps to help you plan your local visits and trips. The Highlands of Scotland Tourist Board (01997 421160) produce a good brochure called “The Freedom of the Highlands” and is worth sending for.
The route to Kentallen from the south can be around Glasgow, Loch Lomond and through Crianlarich. However, we prefer the alternative route using the M73, A80, M80, A84, A85, A82 Rannoch Moor and Glencoe. Kentallen lies about 3 miles south of Ballachulish on the Oban road.
Shore of Loch Linnhe near Kentallen
Walks and Visits
There are many beautiful walks all around the Cottage and places to visit;
Ardsheal opposite Kentallen, Glencoe, Rannoch Moor, Ben Nevis, Glen Nevis, Oban, Fort William – from which the Jacobite steam railway (The Hogwarts Express) operates its steamer to Mallaig, booking required in advance.
Kinlochleven has The Ice Factor, a superb indoor climbing facility including the largest indoor ice wall in Europe.
Glenfinnan, on the way to Mallaig, celebrates Bonny Prince Charlie and his journey from there to Derby in 1745 in his effort to retake the British throne.
The Oban Sea Life Centre and Seal Sanctuary lies just north of Oban and is worth a visit
A ferry from Port Appin crosses to Lismore; or further afield, from Oban; to Mull to Eigg, Rum and Muck or even further to Skye. The Corran ferry will give you quicker access to the mainland West Coast and Ardnamurchan; its point being the most westerly part of Mainland Britain. Driving by or sailing up the Caledonian Canal takes you from Fort William, Fort Augustus to Loch Ness, Inverness and the Moray Firth.
Jacobite Steam Train
In winter months there is Skiing on the Nevis Range (with its unique Gondola) and in Glencoe.
Fishing in the bay or slightly further afield has been recommended, especially for Mackerel, Salmon and Pollock.
In Ballachulish (Ballahoolish) is the Lochaber Water Sports Centre where various types of boats may be hired and training is available. A fishing tackle and hardware shop should satisfy any needs you have to try your hand at catching your tea.
Boats moored in Kentallen Bay
Looking up Loch Linnhe towards Corran with the hills of Morvern & Ardnamurchan
Ballachulish is 6 miles from us towards Glencoe and has a very useful, well stocked Co-op with a Post office. Glencoe has it's own well stocked little shop too. About 5 miles north over the Ballachulish bridge in Onich, is another small Post office selling bread, milk and newspapers etc.
For the bigger shop (including a Morrisons), and a trip, Fort William is fourteen miles up Loch Linnhe. Oban, with its active harbour lies eighteen miles to the south (including a Tesco). Both are lovely towns in their own right. Both Glasgow and Inverness are just two hours away for serious retail therapy.
Locally caught seafood
There are numerous hotels and eating places around and about and these are but a few: Locally in Kentallen there is the Holly Tree.
To the north there is the Isles of Glencoe Hotel, the Ballachulish Hotel and the Laroch Pub. In Glencoe there is Crafts and Things, a gift shop and super cafe. The Clachaig pub and hostelry offer a good bar and eating, often featuring good live music in the evening. Near Onich is the Onich Hotel and Four Seasons restaurant at Inchree.
To the south, The Airds Hotel has Michelin Rosette awards, is a bit pricey, but well worth it for a special occasion. The Pierhouse at Port Appin is very good too. Castle Stalker View café and gift shop provides more informal meals with superb views.
The excellent fish restaurant Ee-usk is in Oban.
Fort William and Oban have Indian and Cantonese restaurants. Loch Leven Shellfish sells fresh high quality seafood at very reasonable prices and has a highly rated fish restaurant. Take the low road to Kinlochleven and find it on the left hand side.