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Ballachulish

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Ballachulish is a Village in the Highlands of Scotland, 94 miles northwest of Glasgow, 15 miles south of Fort William, 1 mile west of Glencoe.

Ballachulish is popular for Mountain Hiking, Watersports, Walking and 9 Hole Golf, also a good base for the area with Glencoe, Kinlochleven and Fort William close by, also, there is the 14 mile drive down the west coast to Castle Stalker and Port Appin, and Oban is 16 miles past Castle Stalker.

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The top image is of Ballachulish Bridge, completed in 1974 to replace the Ferries that crossed here on the road up to Fort William. There is a high point with a Memorial on the south side of the Bridge where the Jacobite - John Stewart was Hanged.

The Ballachulish Hotel is close to the Bridge, built in 1877 as a stopover for travellers heading up into the Highlands, at that time by Horse and Carriage.

St Johns Church is 1 mile east of the Bridge, built in 1842.

The main Village of Ballachulish is 2 miles east of the Bridge, with the Village built around the Slate Quarry that operated from 1693 to the 1950s.

The main Entrance to Ballachulish is at the Village Hall, where there is a large Car Park, Information Centre and large Co-op shop.

The old Slate Quarry is across the road from Information Centre with Notice Boards giving information on the Quarry and Walks.

Just round from the Information Centre are the Playing Fields with the Laroch Inn with a Diner and Mountain Training Centre next to the Playing Fields.

The 1,024m / 3,360ft Beinn a' Bheithir mountain sits high above Ballachulish, with the main Trail being Park at the Information Centre, walk round past the Playing Fields, go up past the School, past a small Farm, then pick one of the two Ridges up, one named the Schoolhouse Ridge.
Large Image from the small Farm.

The Isles of Glencoe Hotel can be found by going under the Main Road from Ballachulish. This Hotel was built in 1992.

Lachaber Watersports is situated at the Isles of Glencoe Hotel, with paddle boarding and sailing or powerboat courses.

Ballachulish History

1693 - the Slate Quarry at Ballachulish began operating, with the Village growing around the Quarry.

1733 - a Ferry began operating across the narrow point on Loch Leven at Ballachulish, saving the 16 mile road trip around the loch via Kinlochleven.

1752 - the Jacobite named James Stewart was hanged at a high point above the south Ferry Slip, with his body left hanging for years to serve as a warning to other Jacobites.

1842 - St Johns Church was built 1 mile east of the Ferry Slip.

1877 - the Ballachulish Hotel was built next to the Ferry Slip to serve as a stopover for Travellers.

1895 - the first Cars were imported into Scotland.

1912 - Car Ferries began operating on the Ballachulish crossing.

1975 - the Ballachulish Bridge was built, ending the Ferry Service.

1992 - the Isles of Glencoe Hotel was built at Ballachulish, next to Loch Leven, with Watersports available from the Hotel.

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