Corpach (Lovingly known by locals as "The Queen of Suburbia") is located near the start of the Road to the Isles.
The first place of interest you reach is Banavie, where the Caledonian Canal is crossed at the famous Neptune's Staircase.
Corpach is another mile further on and the name is based on the Gaelic meaning "Place of the Dead", so called because it was used as a resting place when taking coffins on the way to burial on the Isle of Iona.
These days Corpach is far from dead! There are 2 supermarkets, a hotel and a bar situated on the main road, and just off the road is the Corpach (Caledonian) basin where the Caledonian Canal meets the sea at Loch Linnhe. The Caledonian Basin offers an enjoyable walk along the pathway towards Neptune's Staircase at Banavie, a magnificent set of 7 locks on the Caledonian Canal.
This is an excellent place for some shore fishing for mackerel and sea trout, and tackle can be bought cheaply in Fort William. The views over to Ben Nevis and Fort William are some of the best.
Not to be missed in Corpach is the Treasures of the Earth Exhibition. This is well worth a visit exhibiting a variety of natural treasures from around the world.
A mile or so further on is the settlement of Camus na ha, meaning the "bay of the ford", so called because at this spot the drovers used to ford the cattle across Loch Eil on the way to the markets in the south. The cattle were made to walk/swim to the other side at low water.
A few miles further on is the Outward Bound Centre at Achdalieu. A mansion was built here as a hunting/shooting lodge in 1885 by Cameron of Lochiel, and was occupied by shooting tenants until 1952, when it became a hotel. In the mid 1960's it became the "Loch Eil Centre - Toc H," later "Outward Bound Loch Eil."
It was on the ground between Loch Eil and the site of the present Outward Bound School that Sir Ewen Cameron of Lochiel (Known as the "Gentle Lochiel") and his men participated in the Battle of Achdalieu, in 1654, where it is recorded that Lochiel ripped out an enemies throat with this bare teeth.
- The Road to the Isles
- A 830
- Fort William to Mallaig