Kinlochleven - An Amazing Tourist Destination
The village of Kinlochleven is located along Loch Leven and is surrounded by breathtaking mountains and the calming beauty of the countryside. It has seen many industries and many people come and go, but is has remained a close community and one of the popular tourist destinations in Scotland.
The once sleepy village of scattered cottages and laid back residents were shaken into action with the arrival of the aluminum smelter in 1907. With an unlimited supply of water right at its doorstep, Kinlochleven was the perfect location for the establishment of a hydro-powered factory. Today, the factory is only used for hydro generation, as the aluminum side of the factory was closed in the year 2000. Kinlochleven is more focused on tourism, as it is an industry that generates income without the destruction of the spectacular landscape.
The old carbon factory is now home to the Atlas Brewery, which is open to visitors and features guided tours. Its high quality beers can be tasted in all the local pubs, and visitors are guaranteed to be satisfied with both the factory and it’s alcoholic beverage. Right next to the factory is the popular Ice Factor attraction. Rock climbers, ice climbers and adrenalin junkies will enjoy this an amazing adventure. Here you will be able to take on the ice-climbing wall that will certainly challenge enthusiasts and entertain nervous spectators. For the quieter tourists, the village has a wide range of stores to visit, a few local pubs to relax in and many good restaurants.
Visitors will also be able to enjoy many different activities in Kinlochleven, and in the nearby areas and villages. There are beautiful nature walks to enjoy, mountain biking, fishing, various water sports or relaxing boat excursions on the loch. Paintball activities, abseiling and white water rafting are available in Inchree and golfing enthusiast can play a few holes at the golf club in Fort William. The Nevis Mountain Range and the Glencoe Mountain is an ideal location to enjoy an afternoon of snowboarding and skiing.
One of the more historical locations in Kinlochleven is the Mamore Lodge. It was constructed in 1905 on the Fairfax-Lucy family owned land. The Mamore Lodge welcomed honored guests such as King Edward VII and Viscount Churchill, and still displays the warm and friendly hospitality that was once reserved for the elite. Kinlochleven is amongst the destinations in Scotland that offers tourists the nostalgia of a forgotten village, together with the accommodation and activities that is expected from a popular tourist destination.