The wide and varied terrain in the Glencoe & Loch Leven area means that transport is an essential part of every visitor’s experience.
Let’s be honest, Glencoe and the surrounding areas are in a remote part of the Highlands. It’s exactly for this reason that many people choose to come here and because of this, the majority of travellers come by car as this gives the most flexibility to get around.
However, it is totally feasible to explore the area without coming by car.
Many folk arrive here on foot, for instance whilst walking the classic long distance footpath – the West Highland Way, which will take you over Rannoch Moor, and drop you down directly into Kinlochleven.
If two wheels and pedal power is more your thing, then the Sustrans Cycle route No. 78 runs from Oban all the way up to Fort William and has to be one of the most scenic of purpose built cycle routes in the country.
And let’s not forget the terrain of the area. Where there are mountains, then there is quality mountain biking to be had.
Different types of bike suitable for exploring the roads or trails of the area are available for hire from a number of businesses in the area.
Getting around Scotland by coach is easy and Citylink run services from all the major towns. The main route for the Glencoe area is the Fort William to Glasgow coach which runs 9 times a day during the summer season with a slightly less frequent service in the winter, so getting here from the major cities is no problem at all. Plan your route here.
There is a regular bus service (no 44) between Kinlochleven and Fort William, stopping in Glencoe en-route. The bus also goes to Duror and Kentallen
Buses are also available that will take you all the way to Oban
For a drop off and collection service for the local restaurants and hotels or for a personal tour around the local area contact Alistair’s Taxis
If you’re coming from further afield, then getting a train to the area may be appealing. There is a station in Fort William which operates as a hub for other destinations in the Highlands. The journey here will take you through some stunning scenery, so consider the journey here as part of your holiday experience. Click here to see the timetables.
Fancy travelling through the night whilst you’re sleeping – there’s even a sleeper train that runs on a daily basis from London Euston to Fort William. Ever thought about a trip to the highlands for the weekend? Try leaving work in London on the Friday night, enjoy a full weekend in the highlands, and get back into central London for work again early on Monday morning – it’s all possible with the sleeper.
Whilst you won’t be able to get a ferry all the way into the local area, ferries can become important in planning excursions as you travel around the area.
If you’re heading over to Ardnamurchan for the day then Corran ferry will quickly take you over the short stretch of water to Ardgour. Day trips to Mull and Iona are possible as are excursions from Mallaig to the Isle of Skye. Calmac operate ferries on these routes click here for more information on timetables.
Look out for The Spirit of Scotland Travelpass which allows you to travel across the whole of Scotland, offering great deals on ScotRail, CalMac and coach travel.