Local Activities

Glenspean Lodge is located in the Spean Valley between Spean Bridge and Dalwhinnie (famous for the Dalwhinnie Whisky Distillery), set in an area of outstanding natural beauty. We are fortunate enough to be situated right in the centre of the Highlands, close to many key attractions such as:

Loch Ness

Urquhart Castle

The amazing Parallel Roads - a quirk of nature formed by the Ice Age

Glenfinnan with its stunning views of Loch Shiel

Many more lochs, valleys and castles such as Eilean Donan Castle - reputed to be the most romantic castle in the UK - each waiting for you to explore all year round.

Just 20 minutes south is Fort William, where you can board the charming Jacobite Steam Train, reportedly used in the Harry Potter film series. The so-called 'Rail to the Isles' passes through spectacular rugged scenery past sea inlets and lochs and on to the fishing town of Mallaig, where you can catch a ferry to Eigg, Rum, Canna or the famous Isle of Skye. This is a journey which you can finish in a day, returning by a different route to complete an experience that should not be missed.

The area is very popular among hill climbers, and many mountaineering clubs visit the area for pleasure, to practise mountain rescue or to 'bag a Munro'. For the less energetic there are plenty of scenic drives to other attractions. Just a short drive will take you to Loch Laggan with its 10.5 km stretch of pure sparkling water with magnificent white sandy beaches against a fairytale backdrop of trees. There you will find the Ardverikie Estate, known as "Glen Bogle" in the BBC television drama "Monarch of the Glen". It was also part of the setting for the major film "Her Majesty, Mrs Brown".

Last but not least, this is an area where skiing is available both nearby at Aonach Mor and Glencoe or further at Aviemore in the Cairngorms. Within walking distance you can find mountain rivers &waterfalls and the charming little church Cille Choirill which was established as a Christian centre on this ancient site around AD 600.

Glenspean Lodge is a perfect base for all these activities. Our knowledgeable staff can advise and assist you with sightseeing arrangements.

WILDLIFE
The Highland region of Scotland is home to one of the widest ranges of wildlife in all of the UK. In addition to inhabiting the Golden Eagle, the region is home to the Ptarmigan, Buzzard, Red deer, Pine Marten, Redwing, Tawny Owl, Chequered Skipper butterflies and farmed highland cattle with their enormous horns and shaggy coats. Take care driving on roads nearby, as you will always come across highland sheep freely grazing at the side of the road.

Oscar
Oscar was born in the UK in 2008. Like all macaws he craves attention and loves people talking to him, he will dance and even laugh with you. Although he is hand tame we keep him in a cage in reception as when he's loose he will often wander off looking for Ian if he can hear his voice and we're worried that one day he could be toddling about and get stood on or flattened by a suitcase!

When he can hear people sitting in the bar laughing he will often get quite vocal which is his way of saying "I want to be where everyone else is!" Ian will often take him out of his cage and have a walk around with him which Oscar loves - people can say hello and learn a bit more about him, plus he's more than happy to pose for pictures!

At bedtime or really busy times he goes back through to our house where he has a second cage and is allowed to be free, with his hundreds of toys to play with.

His cage is covered over for him to sleep, as Macaws need at least twelve hours rest, however he can often be heard whispering under the cover to see if anyone will talk to him, he knows he's not allowed to talk when his cover is on! In the morning we will quietly say 'good morning Oscar', but if we don't get a 'hello' or hear him ruffle his feathers we leave him to sleep a bit longer. Guests may ask where Oscar is this morning to which we have to reply 'sorry, he's not up yet!'