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Daytime Activities

Daytime Activities available at Inverlochy

Inverlochy Castle Hotel is situated in Lochaber, the Outdoor Capital of the UK.
Take advantage of our stunning location and experience some of the following exciting activities which we can arrange for you.

Sporting & Country Pursuits on Achnacarry Estate

Achnacarry Sporting & Country Pursuits is based on Achnacarry Estate, in the Highlands of Scotland approximately 7 miles from Spean Bridge. The Estate extends to approximately 75,000 acres and there are a wide range of activities to suit all interests and abilities, including wildlife, sightseeing & photography tours, hill walks, stalking, fishing and much more.

You will be picked up and returned to Inverlochy Castle Hotel for all tours and activities.

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A round of golf at Fort William Golf Course

Fort William Golf Club is an 18 hole course measuring some 6200 yards off the white tee and 5464 yards off the yellow tee. You will not only enjoy the test of this challenging course but also experience the magic and splendour of the Lochaber scenery.

Built in 1974 at the foot of Ben Nevis the course offers a great day out for all types of golfer. In the past the course was renowned for being wet due to the Lochaber rain, but major drainage works along with new paths, bridges, tee's and many new features over the last four years makes Fort William well worth a visit, even the West Coast weather has been great over the last few years.

The 6th at Fort William is one of the finest par 3s in Scotland. Although a short hole measuring only 125 yards, it is very testing with heavy rough off the front of the tee. A 15 foot burn surrounds the green with a bunker on either side and heavy rough and trees through the back.

Whitewater Rafting

Canadian canoes, kayaks, sailing and windsurfing allow you to enjoy the waters of Loch Oich to its fullest. Topo Duo give you an unforgettable whitewater / kayaking experience. The thrills and spills of waterskiing, wake boarding, bumpers and bananas are only surpassed by the jetbike. For relaxation motor boat, row boats and pedalos are ideal.

Mountain Biking

If you wish to cycle gentle forest tracks and take in stunning views of beautiful mountain scenery or you want the adrenaline pumping action of the world cup downhill track it can be arranged.

For further information please visit Alpine Bikes.

Clay Pigeon Shooting

Clay Pigeon shooting can be arranged within our grounds for all levels of experience. Archery, air rifle and knife and tomahawk throwing allow you to test your aim.

Off Road Driving

Try the challenge of handling a four-wheel drive vehicle over rugged terrain in the picturesque countryside of Kinlochleven with Mud Factor.

Winter Activities

With Nevis skiing range at our door, you can take to the snowboards and ski. Instruction, hire and pass packages available.

Climbing at the Ice Factor

As well as being the biggest indoor ice climbing facility in the world, it features the UK's largest articulated rock climbing wall and a competition - standard bouldering hall, making it the perfect place to practise, train and learn every conceivable mountaineering skill.

Activities for Children

Activities for Children at Inverlochy

  • Billiard Room
  • Games Room
  • Selection of children's videos and games
  • Playstation
  • Woodland walks
  • Boat trip on our loch

Other activities that we can arrange

  • Horse riding
  • White water rafting
  • Golf
  • A trip on the Hogwarts Express
  • A boat trip with Sea-Fari Adventures in Oban
  • Mountain Biking
  • Archery

Hunting & Shooting

Hunting and shooting trips can be booked with Inverlochy Castle Hotel and this year's shooting dates are listed below.

Should you need further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Scotland Shooting Seasons

Pheasant1st October - 1st February
Partridge1st September - 1st February
Grouse12th August - 10th December
Ptarmigan12th August - 10th December
Blackgame20th August - 10th December
Common Snipe12th August - 31st January
Woodcock1st September - 31st January
Duck & Goose (Inland)1st September - 31st January
Duck & Goose (Foreshore)1st September - 20th February
Coot/Moorhen/Golden Plover1st September- 31st January
HareNo close season

Deer

Red stags1st July -20th October
Red Hinds21st October - 15th February
Sika Stag1st July - 20th October
Sika Hinds21st October - 15th February
Fallow Bucks1st August - 30th April
Fallow Does21st October - 15th February
Roe Bucks1st April - 20th October
Roe Does21st October - 31st March

Sporting & Country Pursuits

Achnacarry Sporting & Country Pursuits is based on Achnacarry Estate, in the Highlands of Scotland approximately 7 miles from Spean Bridge. The Estate extends to approximately 75,000 acres and there are a wide range of activities to suit all interests and abilities, including wildlife, sightseeing & photography tours, hill walks, stalking, fishing and much more. The area is steeped in history, with connections to the Clan Cameron, Bonnie Prince Charlie, The Commandos and other local interest. Guided tours are conducted by locals who have connections with the Estate going back many generations. Their experience and knowledge of the area is unsurpassed.

Wildlife, Walking and Photography Tours

Achnacarry Estate is home to an abundance of wildlife including red deer. Wildlife tours will bring you close to wild deer and you may see, Highland cattle, pine martens, wild boar, foxes, otters, rare species of butterflies or many other wild animals. Tours are in small groups of up to 6 people in two 4x4 vehicles which are in radio contact with each other and we provide everyone with a loan of binoculars, enhancing the opportunities to spot more wildlife. If you want to gain a closer look, you can go on a camera stalking tour where you will be taken up the hill in an Argo, walk the ridges to find some deer, then stalk in to close range for that perfect photograph.

There are lots of birds of prey around Achnacarry including Golden Eagles, White Tailed Sea Eagles, Ospreys, and Buzzards. Several of these birds have known nesting sites. You should also see Pheasants, Black Game, Grouse or Ptarmigan within the woodland and on the open hillside. Waterfowl are also present on Loch Lochy and Loch Arkaig, with Greenshank, Sandpipers and Black Throated divers.

Wildlife and photography tours take place from March to July and can be arranged for groups of up to 6 people for half or full days. We use our Argo 8 wheel drive machine, designed specifically for use on the hill and can take you up to over 2000ft where you can then go for a guided walk, take pictures or have a picnic. If you would like to go right to the top, then it is not a problem, as the vehicle will go just about anywhere! If you would like to see the magnificent views without walking up the mountains, you can get a lift in the Argo.

  • Tours are for up to 6 hours, starting at 10:00 and returning late afternoon.
  • Two Toyota 4x4 vehicles and 8x8 Argo used.
  • Maximum 3 adults per vehicle, although possible for 2 adults and 2 children per vehicle. Child booster seats are available, but if required, please notify us in advance.
  • Binoculars can be borrowed (free of charge) to enhance chances of spotting wildlife. Also a spotting telescope will be set up where appropriate.
  • Afternoon tea and cake at Ardechive House.
  • Wildlife & Scenic Tour

    • You will be taken along the side of Loch Lochy and Loch Arkaig.
    • The Argo will take you up the hillside, where, weather permitting, you will get spectacular views for miles around over the surrounding rugged countryside.
    • Bring a packed lunch for a hill side picnic (weather dependant) or to eat at Ardechive House.
  • Hill Walking Tours

    • A route will be decided by the tour guide to suit your requirements for fitness, steepness and length of the walk.
    • For more remote or higher altitude walks the Argo will be taken to a suitable point, then a suitable walk will be chosen to suit your requirements.
  • Photographic Tour

    • The Argo will be taken up the hillside, where you will walk along the ridges until deer are spotted. The professional deer stalker will then get you closer into the deer (usually requires crawling and/or sliding) so you can take a picture without the deer knowing you are there.
  • What to bring:-

    • Waterproof/windproof clothing, sun cream and sturdy footwear.
    • Packed lunch for an outdoor or indoor picnic depending on the weather.
    • Cameras, camcorders and lenses, preferably in padded bags.

Fishing

  • Fishing is for up to 8 hours, starting at 9:00 and returning late afternoon.
  • Rowing boat with outboard motor, ghillie and fishing permits all provided.
  • Maximum 3 people with 2 rods per boat.
  • Fishing Rods and tackle can be hired at an extra cost.
  • Loch Arkaig

    • Fly fish for wild brown trout or pike. There are also Ferox trout and Char
    • Trout & Char fishing only available during the season from 15th March – 6th October. Pike fishing is all year round, as there is no closed season.
  • Loch Blar

    • Maximum of 4 people, 2 fishing from the shore and 2 from the boat.
    • Includes 8x8 Argo trip up and back from the hill loch.
    • Fly fish for wild brown trout on this exclusive remote loch
    • May-August only due to accessibility
  • What to bring:-

    • Waterproof/windproof clothing, sun cream and suitable footwear.
    • Packed lunch, flask and snacks.
    • Cameras, camcorders and lenses, preferably in padded bags.

Shooting

  • Shooting is for up to 2 hours, but longer can be arranged, if required.
  • Maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. Children must be over 12.
  • Guns, rifles, ammunition and targets all supplied.
  • Safety equipment, including ear & eye protection are provided.
  • Competent supervision and tuition is provided by our trained staff, who have up to 30 years experience of handling guns and firearms.
  • Light refreshments will be provided at the range.
  • Clay Pigeon Shooting

    • Exclusive range near Loch Arkaig for Sporting or Down-The-Line
    • Basic charge is for up to 50 targets
  • High Velocity Rifle Shooting

    • Exclusive range near Loch Arkaig, using modern high velocity sporting rifles with sound moderators
    • Basic charge is for up to 20 shots
    • Additional rounds and targets can be purchased, if required.
  • What to bring:-

    • Waterproof/windproof clothing, sun cream and suitable footwear.

Deer Stalking

  • Stalking is for approximately 8-10 hours, starting at 8:30 and returning early evening. Due to the nature of deer stalking, times may vary.
  • Maximum 2 people per trip.
  • Rifle with sound moderator and binoculars provided, if required.
  • Guests are taken to the target range, where they will take a few practice shots and familiarise themselves with the rifle and sights.
  • Stalker will take the guests and ghillie in a 4x4 vehicle, followed by 8x8 Argo up the hillside to a location near where deer are likely to be.
  • The stalker will then try to lead the guest towards the specific target and present the guest with a shot.
  • The carcass will be removed from the hill and back to the estate larder.
  • Guests are presented with a box of Achnacarry wild venison.
  • Red Deer Hind Stalking

    • Red Deer Hind season availability currently runs from 21 October to 15 February.
  • What to bring:-

    • Waterproof/windproof clothing, sun cream and sturdy footwear.
    • Packed lunch, flask and snacks.

Tours

For more information, or to book a tour, please contact the hotel ahead of your stay with us.

Our tours are very popular and spaces can be limited and so booking well in advance is necessary to avoid any disappointment.


Inverness and Loch Ness

A Day of Castles, Lochs and Battlefields

Best known as the “Capital of the Highlands”, Inverness is surrounded by countless historical treasures that place it at the heart of Scottish history, as well as stunning landscapes.

Your days journey will take you the full length of Loch Ness, a beautiful loch shrouded in mystery, with tales of a large monster living deep beneath the dark expanses.

Cruise the mysterious waters of Loch Ness and hop ashore for a visit to explore historic Urquhart Castle and its turbulent past. Then, visit the final resting place of Bonnie Prince Charlie's Jacobite army, a desolate stretch of moorland at Culloden where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite Uprising was finally crushed; and explore the impressive fortifications of Fort George, one of the most outstanding fortifications in Europe.

Highlights include:

  • Loch Ness Boat Tour
  • Visit to Urquhart Castle
  • Visit to Culloden Battlefield
  • Visit to Fort George

Glencoe Photography Tour

Capture Scotland’s Stunning Landscapes

Among Scotland’s numerous photography hot-spots, Glencoe always stands out as one of the most diverse and dramatic landscapes. These rugged and remote environments are famous hunting grounds for the aspiring landscape photographer throughout the year, and we have unique locations that are especially worth digging out the wide-angle lens for.

You will spend the day with an experienced photography guide who will take you on a full day's guided experience of Glencoe. You will work in 7 different locations to get the most out of the area, and private tuition means that your guide can tailor the day to your interests.

Highlights include:

  • Full day Photography Tour with experienced guide
  • Panoramic tour of Glencoe

Isle of Skye Tour

Discover Scotland’s Most Famous Island

Explore the magnificent Isle of Skye and visit some of the stunning sites that justify Skye's status as one of the most beautiful places in the World.

Your route today will take you past the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct, across to the Isle of Skye on a  scenic ferry ride, and through some of Scotland’s most impressive landscaped.

Visit the Trotternish Peninsula, home to Skye's most striking scenery in the north of the island, every corner reveals a new wonder. Notable features to discover and explore include the Lealt Waterfall and Kilt Rock, the Old Man of Storr, and the Fairy Glen. Then you’ll have the chance to visit Dunvegan Castle.

Highlights include;

  • Glenfinnan Viaduct
  • Scenic Ferry to the Isle of Skye
  • Dunvegan Castle

Glencoe and Trossachs Tour

Discover Scotland’s First National Park

Today is all about the scenery as you traverse dramatic mountain ranges, pass through Scotland's first National Park, and witness lands that have inspired, artists, poets and song writers for centuries and, more recently, film and series makers.

The Trossachs, Scotland's first national park covers 720 square miles of lochs, glens, and mountains, boasting unparalleled biodiversity. Rivers are clear, ospreys still soar above ancient deciduous trees, and squirrels are bright flashes of red, not grey.

You’ll have the chance to set sail on Loch Lomond’s shimmering waters, visit the great fortifications of Inveraray Castle, and enjoy a scenic drive up Loch Linnhe.

Highlights include:

  • Trossachs National Park
  • Loch Lomond Boat Tour
  • Inveraray Castle