Spean Bridge is at the heart of the area known as The Outdoor Capital of the UK. As well as Ben Nevis being on our doorstep, there are many different outdoor activities available, as well as just relaxing and enjoying the beauty of the surrounding countryside. Visit www.highland-glens.co.uk for lots of information about the area.Fort William is just 15 minutes by car or train, and many of the 'must-see' destinations are easily reached from The Braes in under 2 hours.
Nearby Points of Interest
- Commando Memorial (1.5 mi)
- A short (but steep) walk into the village and up the hill brings you to the world famous Commando Memorial, commemorating the soldiers who undertook their basic training in the area. The 17 foot high memorial was unveiled by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother in 1952. Hundreds of veteran Commandos make the annual pilgrimage to attend the service of remembrance and wreath laying held at the memorial in November.
- Glen Roy (8 mi)
- 5 minutes drive to the east of Spean Bridge is the village of Roy Bridge. Turn left at the shop and follow the windy, single-track road for a couple of miles till you reach the car park. Here you will find a description of how the Parallel Roads were formed. If you are feeling brave, drive on further along an even windier track till you reach the boundary of the private estate. Stop anywhere along this route for photo opportunities and absolute peace.
- The Caledonian Canal – site of the Great Glen Way (4 mi)
- Drive to Gairlochy (take A82 up hill, turn off at the Commando Memorial and continue for 3 miles) and find a safe parking spot either before or after crossing the water. Head in either direction as far as you like.
- Ardverikie House (10 mi)
- Ardverikie House, better known as 'Glenbogle' from the BBC series 'The Monarch of the Glen' is not open to the public, but can be viewed from the A86, approximately one mile to the south of Loch Laggan. (20 minutes east of Spean Bridge)
- Nevis Range (5 mi)
- You don’t need to be a skier or snow-boarder to enjoy a visit to the Nevis Range. The 15 minute gondola ride takes you to 2150 feet, offering stunning views (the Inner Hebrides can be seen on very clear days) and 2 walking routes. At base level, test your nerve on the High Wire Adventure, or explore Leanachan Forest by bike or on foot. Mountain bikers can test their skills (and nerve!) on the downhill runs, while everyone can enjoy a drink, snack or meal in the Pine Marten Cafe.
- Glen Nevis (10 mi)
- A beautiful area with Ben Nevis on your left as you enter. The River Nevis flows from the very top of the Ben, and is a major feature with two spectacular waterfalls. There is an exciting gorge walk which leads through to Steall Falls, which is accessible only by crossing a wire bridge over the water! Starting at the furthest car park, to reach the falls and return will take around 2 hours. Though not too demanding, you do ascend above the gorge and care should be taken, especially if wet.
- Golf (1 mi)
- Scotland is the home of golf, and there is an almost endless number and variety of courses not too far away. Nearby, Spean Bridge has a 9 hole course and Fort William an 18 hole course. Both courses (along with most of those in the area) are open to the public. Traigh Golf Course, "Probably the most beautifully sited nine-hole golf course in the world...", is set in one of the most beautiful parts of the West Highlands of Scotland, just north of Arisaig.
- Active Highs (20 mi)
- Outdoor activities and adventure sports in the Great Glen near Fort William including white water rafting, scenic river rafting, canyoning, gorge walking, canoe & kayak lessons & canoe trips. We cater for families, groups & individuals and are open from March to the end of October.
Fort William (A82)(10.0mi, 16.1km)
Take the A82 to Spean Bridge. After passing the Woollen Mill (on your right) and the bridge, turn right onto the A86 (you will see the 'Smiddy House' on your right). Continue for approximately 800 metres, passing the School on your left. Just as you leave the village, you will see 3 houses on your left, and the sign for 'The Braes' - you're here!
Inverness & The North (A82)(55.0mi, 88.5km)
You will pass the Commando Memorial on your right, before descending into Spean Bridge. Before the road veers to the right and continues past the Woollen Mill, turn left onto the A86 (you will see the 'Old Smiddy' in front of you). Continue for approximately 800 metres, passing the School on your left. Just as you leave the village, you will see 3 houses on your left, and the sign for 'The Braes' - you're here!
The East (A86)(3.0mi, 4.8km)
We are approximately 45 minutes drive from Dalwhinnie (the turn off onto the A86 from the A9). We are 3 miles west of Roy Bridge. Before you enter Spean Bridge, look for our sign on the right hand sign. If you get to the signs for the village and the school, you've gone too far!
Spean Bridge Station(1.0mi, 1.6km)
Spean Bridge has it's own railway station, about 10 minutes walk from The Braes. We will be happy to pick you up from the train but would appreciate advance notice.