Top 10 Things to do in Ballachulish, United Kingdom (UK)

August 7, 2017 Alida England

The village of Ballachulish (/ˌbæləˈxuːlɪʃ/ BAL-ə-KHOO-lish or /ˌbæləˈhuːlɪʃ/, from Scottish Gaelic Baile a' Chaolais [baləˈxɯːlˠ̪ɪʃ]) in Lochaber, Highland, Scotland, is centred on former slate quarries. The name Ballachulish (Ballecheles, 1522 – Straits town,) was more correctly applied to the area now called North Ballachulish, to the north of Loch Leven, but was usurped for the quarry villages at East Laroch and West Laroch, either side of the River Laroch, which were actually within Glencoe and South Ballachulish respectively.
Restaurants in Ballachulish

1. Seaxplorer

West Harbour, Isles of Glencoe Hotel | Glencoe, Nr. Fort William, Ballachulish PH49 4HL, Scotland
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5 based on 205 reviews

Seaxplorer

We offer powerboat tours on Loch Leven and Loch Linnhe where you will gain knowledge of the great history that is hidden in Glencoe, also have the chance to see Porpoise, Golden Eagles, Sea Eagles, Seals, Sea otters and much more!!! We even have our own creels so we can see some of the creatures that lie beneath. We can also customise your trip!!!

Reviewed By Gemmakayx3 - Livingston, United Kingdom

My sister and I took the 2 hour trip on the boat with Max and Simon! Was amazing, Simon is very informative and stories were fantastic! Max is brilliant and drove the boat and drove it into the platoon, only his 4th time doing so! Very proud big sisters ☺! Well worth a trip if you're in the are! A big thank you to Jill, Max and Simon!

2. Paddle Lochaber

Isles of Glencoe Hotel, Ballachulish PH49 4HL, Scotland
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5 based on 110 reviews

Paddle Lochaber

All of our leisure business is now offered through Action Glen, please search 'Action Glen At Isles of Glencoe' for more details.

Reviewed By Mike S - Dundonald, United Kingdom

We had a great half day out with Mark, weather was wonderful, scenery even better and Mark was a great instructor , very informative about local area and history. I would certainly recommend this to anyone going to the Glencoe area looking for something to do.
Mike S.

3. Glencoe Mountain

White Corries Kingshouse, Ballachulish PH49 4HZ, Scotland +44 1855 851226
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4.5 based on 301 reviews

Glencoe Mountain

Glencoe Mountain Resort is a year round attraction offering Snowsports in the winter using our seven lifts and extensive terrain suitable for all levels. In summer our chairlift provides access to spectacular panoramic viewpoints and a variety of exciting biking and walking trails, we also offer archery lessons and our log cabin cafe is open throughout the year serving home cooked food with a fantastic scenic view.

Reviewed By GMEB1971 - Glasgow, United Kingdom

Visited for a days skiing when visibility was really poor so my comments are based on that situation. Visibility was about 15 - 20 metres. The top runs were closed so the lower runs were the only ones open and visibility was still terrible there. This is a situation that can be expected at any ski resort and I have experienced it several times in other countries. That said there was a distinct lack of signage at Glencoe which I thought was dangerous. Small wooden signs are not easily seen in such conditions and it’s difficult (near impossible) to identify which run you are going on. The coloured poles were as good as useless in these conditions and only started a good few metres down the run which means you are already committed and tough luck if you’re out of your depth!!! Please get some large run coloured signs up that are visible in all conditions. The snow was great but the runs were really bumpy and uneven as if they hadn’t been groomed for quite a while. Not a great first experience of skiing in Scotland.

4. Ballachulish Slate Quarry

High Road, Ballachulish, Scotland +44 1855 811866
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4.5 based on 152 reviews

Ballachulish Slate Quarry

Reviewed By Anuj_Mithani - Mumbai, India

The quarries are located just across the road from the car park at the Ballachulish Visitor Centre.  They were closed in 1950s after the decline in use of slates for roofing in Scotland, so what remains is the excavations and small lakes with a few picnic tables.  We took a slight detour along the signed 'Brecklet Path' that heads steeply uphill on the right, only going as far as a viewpoint from which there were excellent views out to  Ballachulish village and Loch Leven and Mountains in the background.  There is also a high arch built from slate which you can visit before returning to the parking.

5. Action Glen - Glencoe

5 Park Road, Ballachulish PH49 4JS, Scotland
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5 based on 50 reviews

Action Glen - Glencoe

Scotland's newest adventure centre is just a hop, skip and a splash from the Isles of Glencoe hotel. Whether your a paddler at heart or prefer dry land, we've got adventures to suit all. From mountain biking, archery and air rifles to stand up paddling, kayaking and family fun sit on top, there literally is something for everyone.

Reviewed By Liz Ọ

Had a great time kayaking for the first time!!! Mark was a great instructor, gave us guidance and even told us about the area and historic info which made it more fun and interesting!! Highly recommended!

6. Buachaille Etive Mor

Ballachulish, Scotland
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5 based on 43 reviews

Buachaille Etive Mor

A favorite for climbers and hikers, this is one of Scotland's most graceful and most photographed Mountains.

Reviewed By NiallInTheHills - Stirling, United Kingdom

One of the best hills in Scotland, this is well worth a visit even if you don't' do the full ridge. The main summit can usually be reached in just over two hours for the average walker and much less if you're very fit. The full ridge which is a worthwhile excursion is more of a full day, with a lengthy walk back to the car park. Can either be climbed from Altnafeadh at the entrance of Glen Coe or can easily be climbed from Glen Etive, which is usually a quieter route. The hill has many scrambles and rock climbing routes with lots to do for the outdoor enthusiast.

7. Glencoe Activities

The Dragon’s Tooth Estate, Ballachulish PH49 4JX, Scotland
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Glencoe Activities

Welcome to the wonderful Glencoe Valley – in the heart of the Outdoor Capital of the UK. Select from a remarkable range of superb things to do and to enjoy. Make the most of your holiday as we take care of the details and you focus on the sport: whether its golf on a stunning parkland course, rib tours out to open sea, Segway tours over a wonderful estate or the thrill of high-adrenalin canyoning. In fact, there are over 20 outdoor activities and Scottish tours to pursue and whatever your passion for adventure in Scotland, we share it, too!Professional guides, personal attention, friendly people and superb equipment. This is the home of Highland activities!You will find our activities centred at bases around the lochside at Glencoe, between Fort William and Oban. And just one phone call opens up this world – with advice, suggestions and Reservations.We look forward to welcoming you. Scotland adventure starts here . . . . .

Reviewed By happyscotsGlasgow - Glasgow

my other half and daughter booked this for easter monday and they had the best time ever. very well organised. very safe and they had a fantastic hour skooting around the golf course. never laughed so much and got fab pictures. my little girl is...MoreWe are so glad to hear you had a good time! Would be lovely to see you and your family again!

8. The Dragons Tooth Golf Course

The Dragon’s Tooth Estate, Ballachulish PH49 4JX, Scotland +44 1855 413200
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4.5 based on 87 reviews

The Dragons Tooth Golf Course

The Dragon's Tooth estate is a beautiful, relaxing place to visit : nestled at the foot of mighty Ben Vhair, in parkland near the sea and all at the foot of the historic valley of Glencoe, near Fort William. It's not just the views that are amazing! Discover the romantic "RiverBeds": wee luxury and en-suite lodges, perched about a river (some with outside hot tubs!). Or play the perfect, 9-hole golf course (listed the No 1 9-hole in Scotland!). There are Segway Tours, access to over 20 other activities, plus welcoming Cafe and fascinating Garden Centre. Make the most of your stay in the Glencoe area with a visit to this special place.

Reviewed By Thomas L - Stone, United Kingdom

We came here on Tuesday for the Segway and Archery. The staff were amazingly friendly and both activities were fun. The Segway was nice and easy. The archery was good but it could do with new innovative targets.
I only wish that they would lower the prices of the activities and give the men's toilet better decoration.
Overall this place is definitely the best place to do these activities in Scotland.

9. Glen Coe Photography Safari

Ballachulish Visitor Centre, Ballachulish PH49 4JE, Scotland +44 7769 809236
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5 based on 24 reviews

Glen Coe Photography Safari

Join us on safari to learn the art of landscape photography and capture the classic shots of Glen Coe. Karl will take you on location and under his friendly and encouraging direction you will experience a fabulous day exploring the skills and techniques of digital photography.Our 1to1 tuition offers you a unique opportunity to learn on location the secrets of professional landscape photography and to capture the classic shots of one of Scotland’s top photographic locations.

Reviewed By duncsand - Sevenoaks

Great advice on not just the technical aspects of photography, but also the artistic and compositional parts. Very friendly and helpful - guiding rather than telling, very enjoyable. You couldn't ask for more if you want some help with your photography. I went away with some ace shots I'm very proud of. So, you get a nice souvenir and some new skills - perfect!

10. James Stewart Memorial

South end of Ballachulish Bridge, Ballachulish, Scotland
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4 based on 19 reviews

James Stewart Memorial

Reviewed By Bob B - Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom

we found this whilst we were taking a stroll from the hotel along part of the disused railway line. We had no idea of this and of the sad story connected with the monument.

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