Exploring Rannoch

Rannoch is one of Scotland’s best kept secrets.  Not only is there the vast wilderness of Rannoch Moor there is also a thriving community around Lochs Rannoch and Tummel.  The area revolves around wildlife and nature with many different habitats to explore.  There are many different activites to experience, here are some of our favourites:

  • Visit the vilage of Kinloch Rannoch, a 30 minute drive from the hotel.  You can also catch the local bus or hop on a bike for a cycle around Loch Rannoch. In the village, call in to the Country Store for all essential supplies or relax on the Riverbank Cafe for a coffee and lunch.  For the more adventurous, why not climb the 305 metres to the top of Craig Varr, following the path beside the waterfall.  The record ascent time is 19 minutes 50 seconds which is challenged each year in the hill race as part of the annual Rannoch Highland Gathering. You may want to take it a bit slower and enjoy the view.

  • The Black Wood of Rannoch is a very special place.  It is one of the last remaining areas of ancient Caledonian Pine Forest that once covered Scotland.  It has a wonderful variety of flora and fauna with some of the trees up to 400 years old.  Native trees include Scots Pine, Birch and Rowan; look out for Red and Roe Deer, Capercaillies, Red Squirrels and Pine Martens.  If you are really lucky you may even spot the elusive Wild Cat! The Forestry Commission maintain its network of paths which are accessed on the south loch road at Carie.  The best way to get there is either by car or if you are on a bicycle cycling around the loch, why not stop off for a picnic lunch?

  • Since 1894 The West Highland Railway Line has crossed Rannoch Moor on it winding journey North to Mallaig. Why not hop on a train at Rannoch and visit Glenfinnan a small village North of Fort William. Here the railway crosses the spectacular Glenfinnan Viaduct made even more famous by its appearances in the Harry Potter Films. There is also the Glenfinnan Station Museum which explains everything about The West Highland Line and also features a fantastic Dining Car to refuel. A short wander to the loch edge takes you to the Glenfinnan Monument and National Trust Visitors Centre where you can learn about Bonnie Prince Charlie and the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion. Alternativley stay onboard the train to its northern terminus of Mallaig, where fishing boats bring the daily catch ashore and the ferry takes travellers across to Skye.

  • Walk part of the historic Road to The Isles. This historic walking route winds its way north through Fort William and on to Mallaig. A shorter route involves catching a train from Rannoch to the isolated station of Corrour and then walking back along a section of the route. The route from Corrour back to the hotel is about 17km’s in length and can be completed in 4 to 6 hours. There are of course a number of other walks available in the area and we will be happy to provide advice as required. Please be aware that even in summer walking in such remote areas requires proper planning and equipment. Advice about can be found from Scottish Mountain Rescue.
    Please also support our local Tayside Mountain Rescue Team and Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance who have both come to the assistance of our guests.

There are of course many other places to explore in the area and we are happy to provide advice suitable to your specific requirements, please contact us if you would like assistance planning your visit.