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Small village to the west of Glencoe just off the A82. Ideal location to stay if you are exploring Glencoe area.

Ballachulish village is just off the A82, one mile west of Glencoe village. The villages of Ballachulish and Glencoe are situated on the shores of Loch Leven. Ballachulish is Gaelic for "Village of the Narrows". Ballachulish is world-famous for its former slate industry.

North Ballachulish was the first section of Ballachulish to be settled. The second part of Ballachulish to be occupied is located on the southern side of the town and is divided by the narrow Loch Leven.The Northern side of Ballachulish is more developed .The confectionary factory here is open to visitors.

The main part of the town of Ballachulish is two miles out from South Ballachulish. In the 1500s when slate quarrying began the village was called Laroch .The Ballachulish Slate Company closed down in late 1955 and from then Laroch was known as Ballachulish. The remnants of the slate quarry can still be seen today.

Walking and sight-seeing are just a few of the things to do.

Travel Directions to Ballachulish

A bus service operates from the village to Fort William and Oban or you can drive on A82.

Local Sights & Activities for Ballachulish

There is tons to see and do. You can travel down Glencoe for a wonderful landscape of mountain glens and the bleak Rannoch Moor. There are boat trips from Ballachulish with SeaExplorer (W: or Safaris with Wild West. Down Glencoe, there is the ski area with skiing in the winter and activities and walking in the summer. (W:

In South Ballachulish, there is accommodation and activities at Glencoe Activities ( W: Website)

Further afield around Fort William there are more loch cruises with Crannog Cruises (W; ) or activities and walking on Ben Nevis. There is also the famous train from Harry Potter running north from Fort William as well.

Local Visitor Attractions

  • Glencoe Ski Centre

    Situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty with stunning views of the iconic Buchaille Etive Mhor. Offers mountain biking, archery, orienteering, hill-walking, climbing, chairlift rides, photography, trail building, guided walks and home cooked food in the log cabin cafe, skiing, snowboarding, sledging and avalanche rescue training are available. 19 runs across 7 lifts catering for skiers and boarders of all levels, including the longest and steepest runs in Scotland.