The Princes House Hotel, Glenfinnan, Scotland
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There is plenty to see and do in the Glenfinnan area, we have featured a few of our local attractions below. Lochaber has a reputation for its wet weather and we certainly get our share of rain so it pays to be aware of the changeable nature of our weather when planning your day. The mountainous terrain means that micro-climates can occur with heavy rain in one glen and sunshine in the next – the key is, be prepared.

On visiting Glenfinnan, a cruise on Loch Shiel is a must. Local skipper Jim Michie has been cruising this beautiful inland freshwater Loch for over sixteen years and has gained an in-depth knowledge of the wildlife, history and geology of the area.

Jim gives a live commentary on all aspects of the Loch and surroundings, while keeping a keen eye out for the elusive Golden & White-Tailed Eagles, Red Deer, Black-Throated Divers and many other species of Rare Wildlife. His unique “Eagle-Watch” cruises have gained the reputation of being one of the best in Scotland and have gained Scottish Tourist Board 3 Star status and a Trip Advisor 5 Star Certificate of Excellence 2013. For more information visit

The visitor centre tells the story of the last Jacobite uprising in 1745, a new exhibition opened there in 2013. The Glenfinnan monument stands close to the visitor centre at the head of Loch Shiel, framed by typically spectacular Highland scenery. The viewpoint on the hill behind the property offers fine views, in one direction, of Glenfinnan viaduct – famously seen in all of the Harry Potter films, and in the other, Loch Shiel – the Dark Lake and film setting for Hogwarts school.

Glenfinnan Station formally opened to the public in April 1901 and continues to this day to serve the community as well as the large numbers of tourists who now visit the area each year.

Initially the Station provided both passenger and freight traffic and the lines to the loading bank remain today as part of this history, although freight facilities no longer exist. Following the decline of rail travel in the 1960s and the inevitable rise of the motor car the whole line was threatened with closure under the Beeching Proposals. Fortunately the reprieve was swift but the downstream effect of cost savings led to mass redundancies and the potential dereliction of stations. To save the buildings, Glenfinnan Station Museum was therefore set up in 1991 and now stands as a tribute to those far sighted people who made this possible. The Museum seeks to tell the story of the West Highland Railway, its construction and development. In recent years the station buildings have benefited from a substantial upgrade and now represent a substantial resource for historians and train enthusiasts alike.

The Highland Council’s Countryside Rangers run many events and guided walks throughout the year in our area. The aim being to educate both the local community and visitors and raise awareness of our wildlife, our scenery, our history and our culture. For full details of this service and to view a calendar of planned events got to

Described as one of the great railway journeys of the world this 84 mile round trip takes you past a list of impressive extremes.

Starting near the highest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis, it visits Britain’s most westerly mainland railway station, Arisaig; passes close by the deepest freshwater loch in Britain, Loch Morar and the shortest river in Britain, River Morar, finally arriving next to the deepest seawater loch in Europe, Loch Nevis. The train stops at the village of Glenfinnan, after crossing it’s famous viaduct, beyond there are the beautiful villages of Lochailort, Arisaig, Morar and Mallaig. En route, on a clear summer’s day, you can see the “Small Isles” of Rum, Eigg, Muck, Canna and the southern tip of Skye.

Located about six miles north of Fort William, Nevis range offers a range of activities to suit all ages. From a gentle stroll along mountain paths to extreme snow sports and one of the best downhill mountain bike track in the world.

Let Britain’s only mountain gondola transport you to 650m on the slopes of Aonach Mor. Meander along the mountain trails to the panoramic viewpoints, then relax in the restaurant & bar with breathtaking views. In summer, visit our Mountain Discovery Centre.

Nevis Range and the surrounding area of Lochaber boasts a vast and varying range of mountain bike trails from cross country trails and white-knuckle downhills to relaxing forest trails that are sympathetic to even the most inexperienced of riders. Lochaber is at the heart of the Outdoor Capital of the UK and is also host to the UCI Mountain Bike & Trails World Championships track.

With a range of slopes to suit all abilities, equipment hire and a snow sports school there is something here for every winter sports enthusiast.

The High Wire Adventure is suitable for children, families and adults . Absolutely NO experience necessary, but a reasonable level of fitness helps! Ideal for birthdays, parties, groups, work outings, hen or stag parties or as part of a corporate adventure day, or just come and have a shot on this great experience. New features include the ‘climbing wall and the ‘net tunnel’.

There are lots of walks in Glenfinnan and the surrounding area, from easy low level walks to Munros, Corbetts and of course Ben Nevis. The high level walks require some specialist equipment and knowledge and should not be undertaken lightly. The Outdoor Capital of the UK has an excellent resource centre in its website, information about a range of outdoor activities can be found there. Click here for some pdf itineraries and maps produced by OCUK for the Lochaber area.

The Prince's House Hotel, Glenfinnan, Inverness-shire PH37 4LT
Tel: +44 (0) 1397 722246