What to Do on a Rainy Day
Yes, it does sometimes rain in Scotland, so on those days if you don’t feel hardy enough to put on your wet gear and explore the great outdoors here are a few ideas to keep you in the dry. And of course there is no reason why you shouldn’t visit these places on a sunny day too.
Clan Cameron Museum, Achnacarry nr Spean Bridge
The Clan Cameron Museum is a local history museum at Achnacarry, 12 miles from Fort William. The museum tells the history of Clan Cameron and its involvement with the Jacobites and the 1745 uprising. There are displays about the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders and the commandos who trained here in World War II.
Glencoe and North Lorn Folk Museum, Glencoe
The Glencoe and North Lorn Folk Museum was co-founded by Miss Barbara Fairweather MBE and Mrs Rae Grant in the 1960s, and for both ladies it was a life’s work. In 1971 the museum was gifted the two cottages, which create the main building, by the late Hugh Grant. The museum opened its doors in 1972 and over the last forty years the unique and eclectic collection of objects has grown.
The West Highland Museum, Fort William
The West Highland Museum is one of the oldest museums in the Highlands. It was founded in 1922 by a group of local enthusiasts led by Victor Hodgson, who had neither a collection nor a building to display it in. In 1925, after several temporary exhibitions and the acquisition of significant collections, the Museum launched a fundraising appeal, and in 1926 purchased the present building, a former branch of the British Linen Bank.
Ice Factor, Kinlochleven (Due to a fire as at 30th July the Ice Factor is closed, please visit their Facebook page for latest news)
The ice factor is the national centre for ice climbing and the UKs premier mountain activity centre. Since opening in 2003, the Ice Factor Kinlochleven has become synonymous with action packed adventure and family fun.
Nàdurra Visitor Centre
Formerly known as the Ardnamurchan Natural History Centre, Nàdurra provides visitors with an introduction to the breathtaking variety of flora and fauna to be found in this beautiful corner of Scotland. Privately owned with no external funding, thye have harnessed our own passion and love of the natural world in order to create a truly memorable experience for both young and old alike. Their aim is to bring visitors closer to nature and to fuel their desire to go out and discover its riches for themselves. Oh, and one more thing – it’s all under cover! So in the extremely unlikely event of it raining during your visit – you won’t get wet!
National Trust of Scotland, Glencoe
Glencoe is an amazing place – internationally famous for its amazing landscape, its natural and cultural heritage. It’s a place of towering, spectacular, brooding hills, diverse and rare wildlife and of a famous yet tragic event in Scotland’s history.
Cruachan – The hollow mountain
Journey deep into the secret heart of the mountain. Buried almost 1km below the ground a massive cavern, as high as the Tower of London, houses enormous turbines converting the power of water into electricity. A coach will transport you deep into the heart of the mountain, along a massive tunnel cut through solid rock.
Phoenix Cinema, Oban
The Oban Phoenix story starts in 2010, when the then Highland Theatre put the lights down on its last show and closed the doors to the public leaving the people of Oban and its surrounding areas with a 200 mile round trip if they wanted to go the pictures. A small group of enthusiastic locals came together to form a steering group to save the cinema and take on the challenge of running a community owned business. Word soon spread and the group found themselves growing in numbers, with the community behind them voicing their support through generous donations of time and money in a bid to bring the cinema back to the community. In September 2011 all their hard work paid off and the group purchased the building. Work then began to create an arts venue to be proud of; one which meets the high standards of the modern arts entertainment experience found in larger cities and bigger venues but that also holds dear the atmosphere and values of an entertainment time gone by, all too often lost in big multiplexes.
Scottish Sealife Sanctuary, Barcaldine Nr Oban
Set on the shores of Loch Creran. Indoor displays including sharks, seahorses and rays (one of our favourites) and outdoor displays of seals and otters.
Treasures of the Earth, Fort William
Featuring one of Europe’s finest private collections of priceless gemstones, crystals and fossils, housed in an atmospheric simulation of caves, caverns and mining scenes.