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The Ideal Day Trip Destination

Discover Everything the West Highlands of Scotland Has to Offer

From All Directions…

The beautiful West Highlands of Scotland make for the ideal day trip destination. No matter who you are or where you’re travelling from in Scotland, you’ll find there’s something for everyone. From breathtaking scenery and scenic drives to majestic beaches and historical landmarks, you’re guaranteed to make new and cherished memories on your next Highland excursion.

Visitor days out from Oban and Mull

Dunstaffnage Castle

If you’re visiting the highlands from Mull or Oban and looking for things to do in Argyll, you will pass 3 famous castles –Dunstaffnage (pictured), Duart and Castle Stalker, all of which were key highland castles during the Lordship of the Isles. All have amazing views down the firth of Lorne across to the last natural wilderness area in Western Europe.

NOT TO BE MISSED: If you’re a fan of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, then you’ll want to visit Castle Stalker, which appears in the final scene of the classic comedy film as “The Castle of Aaaaarrrrrrggghhh”.


Couples looking for things do to from Skye, Mallaig and Arisaig


Experience one of the best (and dare we say romantic) train journeys in the world from Mallaig to Fort William on the Jacobite Express Steam Train. Or if you’re driving, then this is one of the top 10 road trips along the famous Road to the Isles. You’ll pass by the Glenfinnan Viaduct, made famous by the Harry Potter films, as this was the journey Harry took to Hogwarts. You will also pass through the site of the Jacobite uprising and raising of the standard of Bonnie Prince Charlie at Glenfinnan.

NOT TO BE MISSED: The amazing pure silver sands of Morar and Arisaig are some of the best beaches in the world, framed by the stunning Cuillin Mountains of Skye and Rhum.


Families from Inverness, Fort Augustus and Fort William

Ballachulish Bridge
Looking for wet weather options and things to do with the kids? Follow the Great Glen (Glen Albyn in Gaelic), leave Loch Ness (and Nessie!) behind and travel along the route of the Caledonian Canal under the shadow of Ben Nevis to the Ballachulish Bridge. The far shore of the Ballachulish narrows features in the Robert Louis Stevenson novel Kidnapped, after the infamous assassination of the Hanovarian Government Factor, Colin Campbell.

NOT TO BE MISSED: Make sure you don’t breeze through Ballachulish – instead why not hop on a Segway and take in this beautiful countryside like never before?


Day trips from Perth, Stirling, Edinburgh and Glasgow


Stop at Rannoch Moor (pictured) and follow the road made famous by James Bond in Skyfall before descending eleven miles to the Glencoe Massacre site, where the MacDonalds of Glencoe were slaughtered in their beds by the Campbells on the 13th Feb 1692 (not that we have long memories).

NOT TO BE MISSED: Perched on the A82 in Tyndrum, the Green Welly Stop is the perfect spot to take a break on your journey to the Highlands. Known for their delicious soups, we recommend you try the very tasty Cullen Skink. Or how about a Cappuccino and a slice of banana loaf? Yum!


All roads lead to the Ice Factor!


To visit us follow the B863, which snakes along the fjord-like Loch Leven. The famous “high road” gives absolutely stunning views with more mountains over 3,000ft on this short 7 mile stretch than in all of England, Ireland and Wales combined! You truly are in the heartland of British Mountaineering.

Ice Factor is the National Ice Climbing Centre and Regional Centre of Excellence for Mountain Sports. We have the biggest indoor Ice Climbing Walls in the world and the highest articulated Rock Climbing Walls in the UK.

Here you’ll find the perfect place to practice, train and learn mountain sports. But it’s not just about excelling at mountaineering, there are plenty of things to do for people who have never set foot on a mountain!

We offer instructed courses that last 1 – 1.5 hours on all our activities, including ice climbing, rock climbing, abseiling and our high aerial adventure course. These are ideal for beginners as you’re always under the watchful eyes of our highly trained instructors.

There are also more challenging routes and slopes for the advanced, meaning the Ice Factor is a day-out for all. We offer full and half day adventure courses to make sure your day is packed full of action and fun.

Once you’ve worked up an appetite we recommend you retire to the Chillers Bar & Grill, serving up mouthwatering dishes made with local produce until 9:30pm.

So what are you waiting for? Get in touch below and we can help you arrange a fun filled day of adventure in the Highlands!


Start Your Adventure: Contact Us Today

Get in touch and one of our dedicated and knowledgeable staff will contact you to help plan your trip to the Ice Factor:

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 

Juniors aged 12-18 may only book via phone: 01855 831100.


Ice Wall users must have min UK 4 shoe size.


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