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Glenfinnan | The world-renowned story of Bonnie Prince Charlie 's fight for the British throne gathered momentum at Glenfinnan where he raised the Jacobite standard and rallied his clansmen for battle.
Mallaig | At the end of the ‘Romantic Road to the Isles’ and the West Highland Railway Line lies Mallaig, just over an hour from Fort William. To go further afield, board one of the ferries either to Skye or to the Small Isles of Muck, Eigg, Rum and Canna.
Morar | As the Atlantic Ocean rolls in past the Small Isles, its azure shallows tumble on to sparkling white beaches which have long lured photographers and film-makers – none more so than the stretches from Traigh Beach to the silver sands of Morar where 'Local Hero' and 'Highlander' were filmed.
Arisaig | This is the area where the renowned west coast sunset can be enjoyed at its best. There can be no more magical sight than the sun as it disappears behind the islands in a riot of pink, red and purple, setting the mountains of Rum and Skye ablaze with colour.
Lochailort | Loch Ailort cuts its way in from the Ardnamurchan peninsula. The loch, with its clean and sheltered waters was where Scottish fish farming was pioneered. Just a mile further north at Polnish the road passes the old white church which was used in the film 'Local Hero'.
The Small Isles | Unlike many groups each island is distinct and different in geography, agronomy, population and ownership. From Muck in the south, through Eigg with its tooth-like Sgurr, and Rum, mountainous and mysterious in the clouds, to Canna in the north, the Islands offer a wonderful variety of scenery, wildlife and lifestyle.
Knoydart | The Knoydart peninsula is only accessible by boat from Mallaig or by a 20 mile hike on foot. A wonderful area for walking and camping, this is truly a miles-from-anywhere, get-away-from-it-all place. The Old Forge has the accolade of being the most remote pub in mainland Britain

Accommodation | Bunkhouse

The Smiddy Bunkhouse & Blacksmiths Hostel

At Snowgoose Mountain Centre, the Smiddy Bunkhouse & Blacksmith Hostel our family run self catered hostels are located near the start of the 'Road to the Isles' at the south west end of the Caledonian Canal in the convenient village location of Corpach. Our two self contained hostels sleep a total of 10 and 14 persons with separate ground floor access, sleeping in bunkrooms from 4 and 6 persons.

Our flexible accommodation options are ideal for short breaks for families, couples, groups of friends or clubs all year round. We overlook Loch Linnhe and the nearby islands off the end of the Caledonian Canal, Ben Nevis - and fabulous sunsets over the Glenfinnan hills to the west– especially in autumn and winter! Located in the village of Corpach, the hostel accommodation faces the minor road leading into Corpach Basin from the A830 with mainly sunny South and West aspects – with unsurpassed views towards Ben Nevis, 4 miles away, the Mamore Ridges and the nearby Aonach Mor Ski area.

The open plan living/dining/kitchen areas open off the internal porch with a fully fitted kitchen area equipped with adequate crockery, cutlery, utensils, etc. plus fitted hob/oven, cooker hood, fridge, microwave, toaster, electric kettles and coffee maker with free WiFi available. An internal corridor leads to separate shower rooms each with its own independently heated shower.

The Smiddy Bunkhouse sleeps 10 persons in 1 ensuite family room for 4 persons plus a bunkroom for 6 with its own shower room. Blacksmiths Hostel sleeps 14 persons in 2 x bunkrooms for 4 persons plus 1 x bunkroom for 6.

The accommodation is fully heated on Total Control heating with a storage heater and 'real' electric fire in the living area, plus panel heaters in all bedrooms.


From £14.50 - £17.50 per person per night

What's Provided

All bed linen. Bunk beds made up on arrival
All cooking & catering facilities
Tea towels, dish cloths, washing up liquid, and pan scourers
Bin bags and some spares
Washing machine in the drying room along with a tumble dryer (£1 coins in the meter)
Use of 2 drying rooms
Ample free, off road parking space for cars, minibus and trailer

Other Facilities on site

Use of lecture / meeting room for up to 12 persons
Lockable bike / canoe / kayak storage
Mountain Bike, Open Canoe & Sea Kayak hire

We also offer

Snowgoose Mountain Centre also provides Open Canoeing and Sea & River Kayaking for half & full day sessions plus 2-5 day skills training & private guiding with qualified instructors & guides. Our open canoe & sea kayak hire service is hugely popular along with our guided wilderness expeditions on Loch Shiel out to Loch Morar then Glen Uig and Arisaig. Loch Morar and Loch Nevis are more advanced options. Hill and Mountain walking tours can be arranged for the Glenfinnan hills, out to Loch Morar & the wilderness mountains of the Knoydart peninsula.

Location & Directions

Coming from the south take the A82 North from Fort William towards Inverness for approx 1 mile. Take the left turn at the roundabout north of Fort William onto A830 towards Mallaig for about 2 miles to the village of Corpach. Coming from the north take the left hand turn north of Fort William on to the A830 towards Mallaig. In the village of Corpach take the left hand turn sign Snowgoose Mountain.
We are in a unique situation at the start of the Road to the Isles via Glenfinnan & the “Rough Bounds “to ‘Arisaig, then on to Mallaig (about 40 miles). Our unique location offers some of the best views of Ben Nevis, the Manor Ridges & the nearby Aonach Mor ski area.


The West Highland Railway line from Fort William between Glasgow and Mallaig (literally) passes our door with the Jacobite Steam Train operating from May to October. There is a north bound national coach service from Glasgow; Edinburgh linking through to Mallaig via Fort William plus a similar south bound coach from the north via Inverness. There is a regular local bus service from Fort William to our village plus a bus link from Fort William out to Mallaig stopping along the way.


John & Tina Cuthbertson
Snowgoose Mountain Centre
Station Road
Fort William PH 33 7JH

Tel: +44 (0)1397 772467

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