Visit Roy Bridge in the Scottish Highlands

There’s so much to see and do around Roy Bridge in the Highlands of Scotland, it’s the perfect destination for those who love the outdoors.

Out and About

The village of Roy Bridge has a small shop/post office and two pubs serving food. There is also a railway station and amongst many destinations, you can take a trip into Fort William, try the scenic journey to Mallaig or go to Rannoch Station or Corrour for some serious walking. Spean Bridge (3 miles) has a larger shop, post office, woollen mill with nice cafe, restaurants, and a challenging 9 hole golf course.

In Fort William (12 miles) you will find a good range of shops, as well as a Leisure Centre with indoor swimming pool and rock face. A good indoor complex has 10 pin bowling and a children’s play area. Amongst other things to do, there is also a cinema, 18 hole golf course, go cart track and underwater centre where you can go diving. There are plenty of trips to take from here including seal cruises and trips on the famous steam train which appeared in the Harry Potter films.

This is an great base to explore the lovely area which is ideal for walking or touring with stunning scenery and plenty of interesting places to visit close by. Around the village there are beautiful glens and lochs which are easily accessible by road.

By the village is the wild and lonely Glen Roy, with its unique Parallel Roads – evidence of the Ice Age 10,000 years ago and site of the last clan battle in Scotland. Or visit the tiny local church perched on the top of a hill with fantastic views of the surrounding area.

TRAVEL EAST, by way of Loch Laggan, with its impressive dam, to Newtonmore and Kingussie, where the Highland Wildlife Park is a delight to visit. Ride on the UK’s highest railway in the Cairngorms or enjoy a tour of the whisky distillery at Dalwhinnie.

TO THE WEST, you can join the Great Glen Cycle Route which runs alongside the Caledonian Canal or follow the canal to its start at the locks of Neptune’s Staircase. Continue to Glenfinnan with its famous railway viaduct (also featured in the Harry Potter films) where you can take wildlife cruises on Loch Shiel. Visit the lovely beaches at Morar and Arisaig or drive to the most westerly point of the British mainland at Ardnamurchan with views out to the Hebrides. From the fishing village of Mallaig you can take the ferry across to Skye.

HEAD NORTH past the Commando Memorial to Loch Lochy and Loch Oich to Fort Augustus at the start of Loch Ness where you can take boat trips or watch boats making their way through the lock gates of the Caledonian Canal.

Go walking around the lovely Foyers Falls or visit Urquhart Castle perched on the edge of Loch Ness. Visit Inverness at the far end of Loch Ness or drive to Kyle of Lochalsh where you can go across the bridge to Skye.

TO THE SOUTH, visit the dramatic scenery in Glencoe and Rannoch Moor or visit the bustling town of Oban where you can wander around the harbour, visit the sea life centre, take a cruise or catch a ferry to Mull and Iona.

Explore the spectacular hills and glens where many Hollywood movies and TV series have been made. Local Hero, Braveheart, Rob Roy and Highlander were all filmed in this lovely area. More recently, Monarch of the Glen continues to be filmed here and you can visit many of the locations. Glen Coe and Glenfinnan provide the stunning scenery for the Harry Potter films with the Jacobite steam train from Fort William to Mallaig appearing as the Hogwarts Express.

This is a great location for hill walking with many Munros within easy reach including Ben Nevis. You can fish for trout and salmon in rivers and lochs, go pony trekking, rock climbing, mountain biking on the world cup track, paragliding or try a variety of water sports. This is an ideal base for canoeing with a good choice of rivers on the doorstep.

There are plenty of activities to enjoy, including the gondola chair lift at Aonach Mor which carries you 2,000 feet up the mountain to stunning views where you can enjoy a meal in the restaurant or take a stroll along one of the mountain trails to a panoramic viewpoint.

You can fish for trout and salmon in rivers or lochs, go rock climbing, pony trekking, mountain biking on the world cup track, paragliding, try a variety of water sports or even climb to the top of Ben Nevis.

Tuition in skiing, fly fishing and guided mountaineering is also available locally.

There are lots of places to eat out ranging from bar meals to really good restaurants. We have a good choice within a few miles and there are plenty more in and around Fort William.

There is a good selection of shops in Fort William with plenty of choice in Inverness.

For camping, try https://www.bunroypark.co.uk/

Photo by https://www.wildlochaber.com/spean-bridge/walking/roybridge-and-river-spean

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