Historical background and people of Loch Laggan
Loch Laggan is a freshwater lake found in Lochaber, east of Fort William in Highland, Scotland. The small town of Kinloch Laggan borders the lake that is now part of the Laggan Dam. The Highlands are dotted with castles, picturesque and representative of the Scottish Highlands, some with a picturesque fairy tale look.
The Highlands in Scotland have always maintained a distinctive cultural and geographical identity, reflected in dress, lifestyles and buildings. The entire region is ruggedly mountainous and is sparsely populated. Loch Laggan in Lochaber is no exception, closely located to the settlements of Achnaha, Ardechieve, Ardshealach, Arisaig, Ballachulish, Banavie, Blaich, Fort William and others. Kinloch Laggan is a settlement on the other side of the Loch, which is accessible by the A86 from Spean Bridge to Kingussie along the northern side. The Eastern side of the Loch is a freshwater beach, the largest in the UK and a popular resort with swimming, canoeing and fishing as the main activities for tourists. Scots in the region are mostly of Celtic origin and may appear dour and hardy but inside you will find warm welcoming hearts and gracious hospitality that opens doors to strangers.
Why Visit Loch Laggan
Loch Laggan is a fresh water lake and has the biggest freshwater beach in the UK. In summer the weather is perfect for a day out on the beach. Apart from the Loch you have easy access to Cairngorms National Park, only about seven miles away. Situated far from the hustle and bustle of cities, Loch Laggan is a quiet, peaceful retreat. In winter you can hire cozy little cottages and have a wood fire burning, giving you a taste of life the way people live it here. The Highlands in Scotland are dotted with dozens of highland castles from where feudal lords ruled. Some are in ruins; some are occupied; some are turned into hotels and resorts and some are restored. The loch is home to flora and fauna. You can find the golden eagle, song birds, geese, owls, swans, grouse, pheasants and ospreys around the loch. The calm waters offer plenty of opportunities to go fishing, swimming or canoeing in natural surroundings with the mountains for a backdrop. Places worth a visit are Glencoe House, Mingarry Castle and Castle Tioram in the vicinity of Lochaber. Both are in ruins and restoration work is in progress. If you wish to enjoy unspoilt nature, breathe in fresh air and have a Scottish Highlands experience, this is the place to visit.
Places you must visit
Of course, Loch Laggan is the main attraction. There are typical self contained Scotland style cottages you can rent when you stay here. The Mingarry Castle and Castle Tioram should be on your list of places to visit. Of course, the Scotland Highlands abound with castles and you can even drive out to the other castles. Tioram Castle is on a rocky island in Loch Moidart. The Cairngorms National Park is another place that will keep you happily occupied for more than a couple of weeks.
The Cairngorms National Park was set up in 2003 and is the largest national park in the UK, spread over mountains and hills and dotted with water bodies, home to abundant flora and fauna. The whole Park occupies 4528 square kilometers and part of it is near to Loch Laggan. From here you could go on to Newtonmore, Dalwhinnie and Kingussie or head for the more popular Aviemore, driving across the region on a tour to explore nature and wildlife.
If Loch Laggan is not your target but a general tour of the Scottish Highlands is, then take a castle tour that will take you to Dunrobin Castle near Dornoch, Inverness Castle, the setting for Macbeth, Fort George and dozens of others.
In Scottish Highlands you have the usual hotels, B&B, lodges and luxury hotels. However, unique to Scotland Highlands is that you can opt to stay in a restored castle turned into a lovely hotel. If you are traveling to Loch Laggan and other areas of the National Parks, the best way is to hire Scotland cottages, complete with furnishing, a fireplace and a kitchen that you can make your base to explore the surrounding regions. The Glencoe House is a four storey large estate house built by Lord Strathcona and is a B&B guest house at present. You can stay here and get a taste of luxury on a sprawling property. You could get to stay in a converted barn with a large open fireplace, a wonderful view of the hills and come away with memories for life.