What to See and Do
Onich is located approx 8 miles south of Fort William, “The Outdoor Capital of the UK” and as such is an ideal base for touring or experiencing the varied outdoor activities this area provides.
The ground to the rear of the property is one of the few working crofts left in the area, and is harvested each year with cattle, which are over-wintered in the agricultural shed on the "croft".
Fort William provides access to Britain's highets mountain, Ben Nevis, which keeps it's ever watchful gaze over the town, often circled by a ring of mist over the summit. When this clears, the whole presence of the Ben is quite awe-inspiring, enticing both walkers and climbers onto it's rugged tracks and faces.
For further access, Britains only mountain gondola at the Nevis Range offers an easier route up Aonach Mhor, with various walks signposted from the top gondola station, and a lovely restaurant with decking area to enjoy the panoramic view over Loch Linnhe, Loch Eil and the surrounding Lochaber area. The area is a popular skiing resort in the winter and host to the Mountain Bike World Cup in the summer. As well as the "extreme downhill" track, there are bike trails for all abilities.
For those who wish to take their break easier, there are frequent trips from Fort William pier, to see the seals on Seal Island on Loch Linnhe. This is a highly recommend trip as the views obtained of the whole of the town of Fort William are quite amazing. The size of the town is shown to climb from the lochside well into the hills above the town.
Glencoe, with it's wild and rugged mountains, is only 8 miles south on the A82, giving access to all the popular climbs and walks of the area. A stop at the Glencoe Visitor Centre is a good way to learn about the history, geography, flora and fauna of the Glen.
Using "The Old Stores" as a base means that the whole of the west coast is an open road map for the visiting public. Head north and cross the famous Skye Bridge, connecting the island to the mainland or head southwest to Oban and either wonder through this picturesque seacoast town or catch a boat, whether to the Isle of Mull for a short trip or on one of the smaller boats to see the seals and dolphins which also make this area their home.