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Sleeping Over? Here Are Our Recommended Places To Stay When You Visit The Highlands...

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As a main staging post on the West Highland Way, the village of Kinlochleven (which Cameron McNeish describes as the Centre of the Outdoor Capital of the UK), has a wide variety of accommodation – ranging from Campsites, Bunkhouses, B&B, Hotels and Self Catering.

An excellent local resource is the Discover Glencoe Website which provides details of a full range of accommodation, places to eat and stay in the local area.

We recommend the following facilities (based on the feedback we get from Ice Factor clients). This will hopefully give you an impartial view of the various accommodation providers in the area. This list has some truly exceptional accommodation offerings – from campsite through to opulent luxury to make your trip to the Highlands truly memorable.

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MacDonald Hotel Kinlochleven
Great Loch views and equipped with a walker’s bar. Friendly and informal.

Glencoe Hotel Glencoe Junction
Recently refurbished to a high standard, this family owned hotel is run by Louisa and Anthony. Great views to Ardgour and centrally placed to be accessible to all the hills. 6 miles from Ice Factor.

Isles of Glencoe Hotel
The swimming pool is incredibly popular with families with younger kids. Stunning loch views. Modern style and space at a price that will not break the bank.

The Ballachulish Hotel
Classic victorian splendour, stunning views. Great romantic short break location.

Ballachulish House
Pricey, but utterly justifiable for this world class accommodation. Pamper yourself! A mix of dining options set in opulent Georgian architecture.

Loch Leven Hotel
Family run, cosy bar, great views across the loch to the Dragon’s Tooth.

The Onich Hotel
Long time popular haunt with climbers, loch views and wonderful south facing aspect.

Hollytree Hotel and Swimming Pool
Views down the Firth of Lorne to Mull. Excellent reasonably priced menu, fantastic local seafood. There’s a great path all the way from Glencoe for family walk/cycle.

Kings House Hotel Glencoe
Legendary. The scene of many epics. The iconic views can’t be matched, Rod and Kerry provide fantastic hospitality in a mainstay of mountaineering. Classic Georgian coaching house hotel, which was the base for many historical moments.

The Isles of Glencoe Hotel & Leisure Centre
Swim Lunches offered between 11am and 3pm to swim and eat up to 5pm. Swimming is free, with minimum spend in the Restaurant being £7 per Adult and £3.95 per child including drinks. A good low cost offer which can be provided practically every day of the year apart from the odd day when there is a wedding or function on.


Fern Villa
Small and friendly Guesthouse. Free WiFi. All rooms ensuite. Early cooked breakfast available.

Tigh na Cheo Guest House
George and Nicky have made this a really popular guest house. Super family run, walker centric facility.

Forest View B&B
Friendly B&B in the village of Kinlochleven right on the path of the West Highland Way. An ideal base for walking, climbing, cycling watersports etc.

Edencoille B&B Kinlochleven
Popular B&B for walkers and families

West Highland Getaway Kinlochleven
Hugh and his family have been operating in the hospitality sector for decades from their Inn based in Kinlochleven. Good quality rooms 50m from Ice Factor, cafe/bar.

Tailrace Inn Kinlochleven
A firm favourite with Walkers on West Highland Way. Liz has been hostess for years – great service and craic.

Clachaig Inn Glencoe
A justifiable legend! Part of the Glencoe Mountain scene for 60 years. Superb atmosphere. The Daynes family have made this a must visit for any walker/climber – regular live entertainment, great scoff, right in the body of the Glen.

Bunk Houses and Hostels

Blackwater Bunkhouse, Lab Road, Kinlochleven
Calum and his family have made this a firm favourite with walkers on the West Highland Way, Corporate and Youth Groups and University Climbing and Canoe Clubs. Very high quality bunkhouse and campsite. 50m from the Ice Factor Bar. Drying room, tv rooms, consistently great feedback from our clients.

Glen Nevis

Hosting hill walkers, climbers and backpackers at the foot of Britain’s Highest Mountain since 1933, it has a proven track record of providing quality budget accommodation for individuals, families and groups wishing to visit the Lochaber area.

Glencoe Youth Hostels

Glencoe Youth Hostel is ideally located away from the main A82 in the quiet countryside of Glencoe, surrounded by fields and trees with stunning views of the hills. Popular with walkers, climbers and families as it offers budget multi-share accommodation but also private family friendly rooms too.

Glencoe Independent Hostel
Run by walkers and climbers, between Clachaig and village.

Self Catering

Minard Cottage, Glencoe
Based in stunning Glencoe, our holiday cottages are in Scotland’s most iconic glen and the perfect base for exploring the West Highlands of Scotland.

Blackwater Bunkhouse, Lab Road, Kinlochleven
Calum and his family have made this a firm favourite with walkers on the West Highland Way, Corporate and Youth Groups and University Climbing and Canoe Clubs. Very high quality bunkhouse and campsite. 50m from the Ice Factor Bar. Drying room, tv rooms, consistently great feedback from our clients.

Loch Leven Chalets
Stunning loch views, close to the seafood cafe (a must visit for anyone on a week long break). Ideal for family and friend groups looking to chill out.

Scotland Campervans
Luxury VW T6 CamperVan hire for adventurers, holidays and escapes. Enjoy the wilderness of the outdoors in complete comfort. As a dedicated team of explorers and adventurers ourselves, we know what it takes to make a fantastic and memorable campervan holiday, and there are no hidden surprises, our campervan comes prepared with all essentials, including a blow up awning, sun awning, webasto heater, barbecue point, shower point and a bike rack for 4 adult bikes.

Caolasnacon Caravan and Camping Park
Patsy and her family run a simply brilliant family focused site. Great views, ability to have a fire on the beach. Stunning scenery and breeze to keep the midges off!

Invercoe Holiday Cottages, Lodges, Caravans and Camping
Iain and Lynn have made this into perhaps the best site in Scotland! Stunning location, really high quality layout, well laid out camping pitches, lodges available for hire. World Class Views. Our customers consistently rave about the quality and location.

Red Squirrel Campsite Glencoe
Quirky, river-side site, good for father/son camping. Quirky!

Birchbrae Self Catering Chalets
Probably the best self-catering in the Highlands! Super quality throughout. Consistently popular with our corporate clients.

Inchree Chalets and Self Catering Onich
Great for youth groups, stag and hen parties, university mountaineering clubs.

Loch Linnhe Waterfront Lodges
Also available are eight detached self-catering lodges each having two bedrooms and sleeping five per lodge. They are let on weekly and shorter breaks offseason with free use of the pool and sauna etc. Very popular with climbers and walkers.

Mam & Pap Apartments
Ran by Tara, a firm favourite with Ice Factor customers, sleeps up to four adults, self-catering to a very high standard, 100m from Ice Factor.

Stoneyside Holiday Cottages Glencoe
Breathtaking loch and woodland views. Log burning stoves. Only a short drive to the Ice Factor. Ideal base for walking and climbing.

Ardrhu Holiday Cottages
14 Lochside self-catering cottages on the banks of Loch Linnhe all with loch and mountain views. For peace and tranquillity there is no place better than Ardrhu holiday cottages with the wow factor.

West Highland Way Holidays
Two self-catering apartments, Leven and Linnhe join brand new en-suite Glamping Pods Nevis and Coe to form West Highland Way Holidays. It’s a family run business with options for groups of 2 or 3 per accom based on the main street of Kinlochleven village.

Can’t find a date or time to suit? 

Give our friendly team a wee call on 01855 831100 anytime between 9am-6pm as we often have additional availability on site. 

Have a great day. We look forward to hearing from you! 

The Ice Factor Team 

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