Tom McClean’s Highland Outdoor Centre
In 1971, legendary adventurer Tom McClean found the ideal piece of land to establish his adventure center. He became known to the world as the first man to have the determination and endurance to row from Canada to Ireland, crossing the North Atlantic Ocean. His love for exploration and discovery is incorporated in his outdoor center, the Tom McClean’s Higland Outdoor Centre, located in the West Highlands in Scotland, on the picturesque shores of the Loch Nevis.
The first visitors to Tom McClean’s Highland Outdoor Centre, or Ardintigh, arrived at this secluded holiday getaway in 1973. It has attracted hundreds every year since then. The rugged, untouched landscapes and mountain make it a destination in Scotland that provides the visitor with peace and tranquility, but also offers many activities that will keep the adventurous spirits happy. Indeed it lives up to the center’s motto: “As tough or as tame as you like.”
For those who would like to take a quiet walk or stroll at Ardintigh, there are several trails that snake their way through the mountains or follow the shore of the Loch Nevis. Serious hiking and climbing enthusiasts will enjoy the challenges set by peaks such as Sgurr na Ciche, Shurr an Eilein Ghiubhais and Carn a Ghobhair. And if hiking is still too tame, then there is always abseiling at Raven’s Rock. Visitors are also welcome to launch their own boats, sailboats or water sports equipment at the center, or make use of the canoes that are available for everyone’s enjoyment. Other water attractions to enjoy at the center include fishing. Fish, such as mackerel, brown trout, codling and Pollack, can be found in the lochs and ocean spots around the center. An aluminum boat, named the Moby Dick, is at the disposal of guests for fishing excursions on the Loch Nevis, as well as clay pigeons for visitors to test their shooting skills.
The surrounding areas, such as Knoydart, are attractions for nature lovers. Knoydart is home to the biggest wilderness areas in the whole of Europe and has a magnificent variety of sea birds, seals and other wildlife species. One of the last known red deer forests of Europe is also located here. As a family holiday destination, summer camp, teambuilding excursion or youth camp, there is excitement and fun waiting for everyone at Tom McClean’s Highland Outdoor Centre. With activities and natural attractions throughout the center and nearby areas, it is the perfect location to escape for a weekend or relax and explore for a week.