Fort William and Lochaber
Photo of Corpach & Ben Nevis © 2008 The Internet Guide to Scotland
On Scotland's west coast, Fort William is ideal for exploring Ben Nevis, the West Highland Way and Glencoe.
It is also the start of the famous scenic journey along The Road to the Isles leading to Mallaig and Skye where you can follow in the footsteps of Bonnie Prince Charlie.
By road Fort William is:
105 miles north of Glasgow
145 miles from Edinburgh
45 miles south-east of Mallaig
50 miles north of Oban
65 miles south-west of Inverness
Note: It takes about 3 hours to drive from Edinburgh.
Daily coaches operate to Fort William from Inverness and Oban, with connections from Glasgow and Edinburgh and other places in between. See the Citylink bus timetables online. The bus station in Fort William is next to the railway station (by Morrisons supermarket). A free shuttle bus service operates 10am - 5pm Monday-Saturday from the railway station to the other end of town.
If you want a day trip from Inverness via Loch Ness, you can get the regular Citylink bus service there and back in a day.
Stagecoach Buses operate buses in the Fort William area.
Shiel Buses operate many of the local services between Mallaig and Fort William. Tel: 01967 431 272.
Jacobite steam train crossing Glenfinnan viaduct
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Taxi Tours / Guided Trips
- Jamie's Taxi Service can offer private tours to suit your interests. 6 seater Peugeot 807. Roofbox and cycle rack available. Airport transfers can be arranged. Contact Jamie Blackburn. Tel: 01397 701778.
- Based in Fort William, Peter MacGillivray of Scottish Highland Tours offers private tours which can include Inverness, Oban, Skye, Ardnamurchan, Mull, Iona, etc. All tours are chauffeur-driven in an executive saloon car or people carrier. Collection from airport, ferry, coach or rail terminals can be arranged. Tel: 01397 704901.
- Nairn McArthur of Secret Safaris offers full day or half day guided tours to the hidden heart of the Highlands of Scotland. Fully insured top-of-the-range vehicles such as Land Rover, People Carrier, Prestige Saloon. West Highland Way transport, executive taxi service and airport transfers available. Tel: 01855 821 369 / 0772 050 9382.
- Highland Journeys (based near Inverness) has a luxury 6-seater vehicle to take small groups on personally guided tours. Telephone 07778 499 307. A day trip from Inverness can explore Glen Nevis, Fort William and Loch Ness. Longer tailor made tours also available.
- Celia Ffitch-Stewart is a fully insured driver-guide with Mercedes limousine for your tailor-made guided tour. She offers half day, full day or extended tours. Airport collection (Edinburgh, Aberdeen or Inverness). Services can include itinerary planning and accommodation reservations. Meet your clan chief, trace your roots, stay in a castle, tour the distilleries. Member of HOSTGA (Highlands of Scotland Tour Guide Association). Based in Fortrose, near Inverness.
- In association with Shiel Buses, the ferry company Caledonian MacBrayne offers a day trip from Fort William to Armadale on the Isle of Skye. This includes entrance to the Clan Donald Skye museum, gardens and castle ruins. This operates on Mondays - Fridays from 4 April until 17 October 2014. Visit the CalMac ferry web site for details.
- You can get combined bus/ferry tickets from Fort William to Mallaig and then cruise to the Small Isles for a day trip during the summer months. View the CalMac cruise brochure for details.
- EasyDrive in Fort William has a wide range of hire cars, vans and people carriers. Free delivery to the rail/bus station or your accommodation within a 5 mile radius of Fort William. Local company with personal service. Tel: 01397 701616.
- Practical Car & Van Rental at Slipway Autos in Corpach, just outside Fort William. Tel: 01397 772404. Part of a UK national car hire company.
- Fort William Car Hire and Rental is based in Camaghael, just outside Fort William. Tel: 01397 701515 / 07733149345.
- KMF Mechanical Services is a garage which offers car rental. Situated on the Caol Industrial Estate just off the main Fort William to Mallaig road (200 metres from Banavie railway station). Tel: 01397 704624.
Self Drive Tours:
Scotland Made Easy can plan a customised itinerary for a self-drive tour to suit your interests, budget and time available. They will book you into recommended accommodation where you are assured of quality, comfort and hospitality - usually in 4 or 5 star B&Bs in Scottish homes. Optional 'specials' include a night in a castle, church, lighthouse, country mansion, etc.
Whether you have already decided which places you want to visit or if you haven't a clue where to start, Scotland Made Easy will advise and take care of all the planning for you.
Cycling / Bike Hire:
- Nevis Cycles - 4 Lochy Crescent, Inverlochy, Fort William. Tel: 01397 705555. Full range of hire bikes to suit all needs. They also have a new bike hire shop situated 500 metres from the Nevis Range Gondola and Witch's Trails car park.
- Alpine Bikes - 117 High Street, Fort William. Tel: 01397 704008. Touring and off-road bikes.
- CranKitupGear is a small family business in Glencoe village. Cycle hire, maps, repairs, spares, etc. Tel: 0774 686 0023 / 01855 811694.
The West Highland Way is probably Scotland's most famous long-distance hiking trail stretching some 96 miles from just north of Glasgow to Fort William.
The Great Glen Way is a newer, interesting long-distance trail between Fort William and Inverness (approx. 70 miles) following the Caledonian Canal and Loch Ness. The canal towpaths are ideal for walking and cycling.
Neptune's staircase at Banavie on the Caledonian Canal
© 2010 The Internet Guide to Scotland
The East Highland Way is a proposed long distance walking route between Fort William and Aviemore (76 miles). Web site features route maps and photos.
Ride Fort William is a web site full of info about cycling and mountain biking in Lochaber.
- Active Highs is an outdoor activity and adventure sports company based in the Great Glen near Fort William, with a great range of activities including white water rafting, canoeing, canyoning & gorge walking, scenic river rafting trips, climbing, abseiling and mountain biking. Multi activity packages available. Fully trained staff. Tel: 01809 501459. They can can cater for individuals, families, stag parties, hen parties and corporate events.
- North-West Frontiers organises hiking trips in the Highlands of Scotland (small groups, experienced and qualified leaders, choice of accommodation) including the Great Glen Way and West Highland Way.
- Paddle Lochaber - specialist Sea Kayak guiding and coaching provider based in the village of Ballachulish, just south of Fort William. A range of options to suit all abilities. Equipment provided. Contact Mark McKerral. Tel: 07841353460.
- Raceway Karting Centre has an outdoor track suitable for adults and children. Open daily during the summer (reduced hours in winter). Tel: 01397 701333. Located 3 miles outside Fort William on the Blar Mhor Industrial Estate.
- Rockhopper Sea Kayaking offers trips and instruction around the Fort William and Lochaber area. Sea kayaking is available for half-day, full day and multi-day trips with fully qualified guides and instructors.
- Tarmachan Mountaineering is a professional mountain skills and guided hillwalking company based in Fort William. Gary Hodgson offers mountain guiding, winter skills courses and navigation courses.
- trailab offers packages for mountain bike holidays around Fort William, Nevis Range, and across the Scottish Highlands. Accommodation included.
- Alan Kimber of West Coast Mountain Guides is a professional mountain guide based in Fort William offering instruction and holidays.
For more info on outdoor activities in Lochaber and Fort William, visit Outdoor Capital of the UK web site
There are various boat operators on the Caledonian Canal between Fort William and Inverness.
The Lord of the Glens is a small cruise ship (54 guests) offering 4 star luxury.
Caledonian Discovery Ltd offer cruising holidays with activities on the Caledonian Canal and Loch Ness onboard a large comfortable barge.
West Highland Sailing (based at Laggan Locks) have a wide range of yachts and luxury motor cruisers for hire.
European Waterways Ltd which offers holidays on the Scottish Highlander - a fully-crewed luxury hotel barge.
For additional boat/sailing trips - click here
Local Events for 2014:
- 16 February: Winter Feast - The Main Course Duathlon
- 21 - 24 February: Fort William Mountain Festival - films, exhibitions, lectures, workshops, etc.
- 23 February: Ski mountaineering (SKIMO) racing at Glencoe
- 24 February: Ski mountaineering (SKIMO) racing at the Nevis Range
- 23 March: Ski mountaineering (SKIMO) racing at the Nevis Range
- 23 and 24 March: The Wee Triathlon
- 13 April: Winter Feast Duathlon Series - The Big Puddin
- 14 April: Lochaber Marathon
- 20 April: Buchaille Mhor/Beag sportive
- 26 - 27 April: Fort William Food Festival
- 27 April: Macavalanche - Mass Start Enduro
- 3 - 6 May: Loch Shiel Spring Festival (Classical music concerts)
- 3 - 11 May: Scottish Six Day Motorcycle Trials
- 18 - 25 May: Wild Lochaber Festival includes boat trips, wildlife safaris, forest walks and much more.
- 26 May: Highland Warrior Triathlon
- 8 - 9 June: UCI Mountain Bike World Cup at Fort William.
- 29 - 30 June: Fort William Fat Tyre Weekend
- 6 July: Glengarry Highland Games at Invergarry
- 20 July: Glen Nevis River Race
- 17 August: Glenfinnan Highland Games
- 23 August - Lochaber Agricultural Show at Torlundy
- 24 August: The Big Ben Nevis Triathlon and Half Big Ben Nevis Triathlon
- 7 September - Ben Nevis Race
- 21 September: Tour de Ben Nevis - Epic Multi Stage MTB Race
- 28 September Lord of the Lochs Sportive
- 4 - 5 October: Feis in the Fort celebrating all that Lochaber has to offer - food, drink, artistic & creative talent and the natural world.
- 6 October: Glencoe Marathon
- 11 - 12 October: The World 24 Hour Solo Mountain Bike Championship
- 19 October: Relentless 24 (24 hour MTB Marathon)
- Throughout the year, there will be a variety of exhibitions at The Lime Tree Art Gallery in Fort William
The Skipinnish Ceilidh House is a traditional music venue in the town centre (Middle Street) with regular special concerts. From late June until September they offer a Ceilidh Show each evening. Tel: 07827 561620.
Every Tuesday and Thursday evening from June to the end of August the local High School Pipe Band plays in High Street at 7.30pm.
The town is can be very busy in the summer. Fort William has always been popular with tourists and since the filming nearby of the movies Rob Roy, Braveheart and Harry Potter even more people are flocking to the area.
There are banks, newsagents, electrical shops, supermarkets, etc.
Ossian's Hotel on the High Street has a 'Scottish Show' during the summer - daily from 8-10pm with traditional music and dance (accordion, fiddle, bagpipes). Tel: 01397 700857.
You'll see lots of walkers with backpacks and boots. There are some good shops if you need any kind of outdoor equipment and there are lots of places to buy those postcards and souvenirs.
Opposite the train/bus station there's a Morrisons supermarket for all your food requirements. In the main street, between the church and the crazy golf course, there's a little area of green where you can sit down to eat your sandwiches and watch everyone go past. Further down the main street, the West Highland Museum is located in Cameron Square. Open Monday - Saturday all year. Tel: 01397 702169.
The Lochaber Leisure Centre on Belford Road (tel: 01397 704 359) has a swimming pool with water slide, squash courts, fitness suite, sauna, solarium and climbing wall.
The Nevis Centre (turn left at the roundabout beside Morrisons supermarket) has a nursery, cafe, superbowl, snooker/pool area for teenagers, and sports hall. Tel: 01397 700 707.
Fort William Golf Course is outside of town at Torlundy (tel. 01397 704464). 18 holes.
The Granite House (tel: 01397 70 60 95) at 74 High Street offers Internet access, music, jewellery, clothes, gifts.
From the town pier (near Crannog Restaurant which is highly recommended for seafood) you can take a boat trip from March to October (tel: 01397 700714). Trips last 90 minutes and take you along Loch Linnhe to see the seals and fish farm.
Also from the pier you can take the passenger ferry over Loch Linnhe to Camusnagaul (Bay of the Strangers) in just 10 minutes. Several sailings a day, not Sundays. Bicycles can be taken onboard. Operated by the Highland Council. Timetables and fares.
Sea Xplorer operates 1 hour seal trips by RIB from Fort William. Also 1 hour and 2 hour wildlife boat trips from Ballachulish (at the Isles of Glencoe Hotel marina). Tel: 01855 821 593.
The Lime Tree Art Gallery features changing exhibitions of paintings by local landscape artist David Wilson, plus limited edition prints, greetings cards and stained glass art. It is open all year every day 10am to 10pm. Admission is free. The exhibition complex features one main gallery and 4 smaller rooms. The Lime Tree is also a hotel offering accommodation and has a multi-award winning restaurant.
It is easy to find on Achintore Road (at the west end of the High Street, 10 minutes' walk from the bus and train stations). Tel: 01397 701806.
Look out for Roamer's Ramblings - Monzie Square - Fort William - for an 'end to end' walking tour of the town in 2 hours. Ask at the tourist office for times.
The Oban Times has a free tourist map of Fort William which you can download online (PDF).
For a list of shops & restaurants in the main shopping streets of Fort William, visit www.high.st
About 5 miles outside Fort William near Torlundy, the Lochaber Rural Complex features a variety of attractions including the Rocks and Heather Tearoom, the Lochaber Farm Shop and a visitor centre called An Clachan which includes a crofting exhibition and a photographic exhibition (the Jim Leslie camera collection), plus for children there's a pets corner with hens, ducks, pony and goat. The centre is open from Tuesday to Friday from 9.30am to 4pm. Contact Lochaber Rural Education Trust - tel 01397 708642.
BEN NEVIS DISTILLERY
Established in 1825. Located just outside Fort William. Guided tours, video presentation, gift shop and snack bar. Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm all year round. Also Saturdays 10am - 4pm from Easter to September, and Sundays 12pm - 4pm in July and August. Click here for the distillery web site. Large groups should book in advance. Telephone: 01397 700 200.
Photo copyright Lochan Cottage Guest House
BEN NEVIS (overlooking Fort William)
'Nevis' comes from the Gaelic word for heaven or clouds, so Ben Nevis could be taken to mean 'mountain with its head in the clouds' or 'cloudy mountain'. The top is covered in snow for most of the winter and spring. The summit is shrouded by clouds for about 300 days a year.
There is a reasonably simple way to walk to the top on a well-established path, but remember that it will probably be quite cold once you reach the summit. Make sure you have some warm clothes and extra food with you. Read the safety information before you set off and tell someone where you are going - just in case. Ask at the Tourist Office for information about the weather and conditions of the paths. The annual race up the mountain takes place in early September when mad people run up and down in less than an hour and a half. It could take you the best part of a day to walk up there and back safely. Typical times for walkers on the 5-mile track are 5 to 7 hours. It starts at the Visitor Centre by Achintee House.
The Nevis Range - 7 miles north of Fort William - is home to a gondola system which takes visitors 2150 feet up the slopes of Aonach Mor in 15 minutes covering a distance of 1.4 miles. Here there's a sports shop, slide show and restaurant. Summer visitors can learn to ski on the dry ski slope. On a clear day you can see the Isle of Skye and the Isle of Rum.
Two reasonably easy walks start at the top gondola station. One walk is to Sgurr Finnisg-aig (approximately 20 minutes each way) which will give you views of the Great Glen and the hills of Knoydart. The other walk is to Meall Beag (approx. 30 minutes each way) which gives views over Loch Linnhe. Other routes are possible on the Nevis Range, but are really for experienced hill walkers or mountaineers only.
At the base of the mountain (where you get on the gondola) there's a cafe and toilets. From here you can hire a mountain bike and explore some of the 25 miles of forestry track.
Full details of all this, including prices, events, etc. on www.nevisrange.co.uk
CALEDONIAN CANAL AND NEPTUNE'S STAIRCASE
The canal links Fort William to Inverness 60 miles to the north. A series of 8 locks raise boats 20 metres over a distance of 500 metres.
CORPACH (just north of Fort William)
SPEAN BRIDGE (11 miles north of Fort William) Photo of the Commando Memorial (pictured left)
Photo of the Commando Memorial (pictured left)
Situated at Spean Bridge, Spean Lodge offers 4 Star Gold B&B accommodation in 3 ensuite bedrooms, as well as 4 star self catering for 4 people. Tel: 01397 712004.
ACHNACARRY (13 miles north of Fort William)
The Clan Cameron Museum in the castle grounds at Achnacarry has exhibits on the clan and regimental history, plus Bonnie Prince Charlie and Commando artefacts. Open daily 1.30pm - 5pm from Easter to mid-October (11am - 5pm in July & August). Admission £3 for adults. Children under 14, free. Senior citizens, £1.50. Tel: 01397 712 480.
THE PARALLEL ROADS (18 miles north-east of Fort William)
Continue on the A86 a few miles along from Spean Bridge (heading east) and take a left turning at Roy Bridge onto an unclassified road into Glen Roy. After about 5 miles on this twisting road you will reach a car park and information board from where you will have a great view of the valley and spectacular parallel lines along the hillsides. In fact these aren't real roads. They were created as the ice melted at the end of the last Ice Age over 10,000 years ago. This geological phenomenon is unique in Britain and is apparently well worth the detour. Visit the Scottish Natural Heritage web site and Lochaber Geopark Association for more about this geology.
INVERGARRY (north-east of Fort William on the way to Fort Augustus)
The Glengarry Heritage Centre in the new village hall tells the story of the people who lived in the glen, and the landowners such as the MacDonells of Glengarry (open 11am - 3pm, Tuesday - Friday, Easter to October, tel: 01809 501424).
The Invergarry Hotel on the main road has a bar with good food.
In the grounds of Glengarry Castle Hotel are the ruins of Invergarry Castle clan seat of the MacDonells.
Glenfinnan © 2010 The Internet Guide to Scotland
There is a railway museum here at the picturesque train station which also offers accommodation in an old sleeping car (tel: 01397 722295).
Separately at the station, the dining car provides food and drinks (tel: 01397 722300).
Take a cruise on Loch Shiel onboard the M.V. Sileas departing from Glenfinnan or Acharacle from April to October. Special events include evening cruises and ceilidh cruises. Follow the signs from the road to the Glenfinnan House Hotel. To check sailing times, phone 01687 470322. Visit the Loch Shiel Cruises web site for further info.
Glenfinnan monument © 2010 The Internet Guide to Scotland
If you are travelling along the Road to the Isles to Glenfinnan and towards Mallaig then why not make the detour into Ardnamurchan, a ruggedly beautiful area which is the most westerly place on the mainland? The local tourist association information is given at ardnamurchan.com. The lighthouse and visitor centre are open at Ardnamurchan Point.
Castle Tioram photo © Cisek Ciesielski | Fotolia.com
Castle Tioram (pronounced 'Cheerum') lies in ruins on a rocky islet in Loch Moidart, Ardnamurchan. Located south of Mallaig and some 50 miles from Fort William its location is made all the more remote by the fact that access is only possible at low tide when you can walk across a spit of land. The ruins are closed to the public on safety grounds.
Tioram was destroyed in 1715 when Clan Chief Allan of Clanranald ordered it to be burnt, probably to prevent it falling into enemy hands when he left to fight for the Jacobite cause. It has lain in various states of ruin ever since. It is closely linked with the beginnings of the Clanranald branch of the MacDonalds.
The castle is now owned by a Scottish businessman, Lex Brown, who would like to conserve it despite recent setbacks.
Sandra Evans has an excellent article about the castle on the Moidart Local History Group web site
South of Fort William
BALLACHULISH (about 15 minutes drive from Fort William)
The village is surrounded by magnificent scenery. The Ballachulish Visitor Centre explains the history of the old slate quarry which you can now visit on a 500 metre safe path. The centre is open daily (except Christmas Day) and includes a coffee shop, gift shop, Internet access, fishing tackle, etc. Tel: 01855 811 866
Across the bridge, you can visit the local confectionery factory which has a visitor centre where you can sample 24 flavours of the Scottish delicacy called tablet, plus items such as Great Glen Chocolate Truffles and Coconut Ice. Open daily all year round (except Sundays in the winter). Tel: 01855 821277. Nearby is The Scottish Speciality Food Shop which has the largest range of Scottish foods in the world.
Just before you reach Ballachulish went travelling south from Fort William, you will pass the Corran ferry which takes passengers and vehicles to Ardgour and is a useful short cut to getting into Morvern and Ardnamurchan. The ferry runs frequently throughout the day across the Corran Narrows. Tel: 01855 841 243.
At the other side you reach The Inn at Ardgour which has a good restaurant and bar, plus 12 rooms for B&B.
Here you will find some of Scotland's best mountain scenery. Whatever the weather and time of year, it always appears spectacular. Glencoe is sometimes known as the Glen of Weeping or the Valley of the Shadow of Death.
Pass of Glencoe photo © Louise McGilviray | Fotolia.com
Glencoe is an excellent place for rock climbing and hill walking during the summer. Why not follow the trails to the Lost Valley and the Devil's Staircase? Make sure you are well-equipped for being in the mountains and know where you are going. The Glencoe Mountain Resort (tel: 01855 851 226) is located 12 miles south of Glencoe Village. In summer the centre offers mountain biking (Downhill and XC), archery, orienteering, hill-walking, climbing, chairlift rides, photography, trail building, guided walks and home cooked food in the log cabin cafe. In winter skiing, snowboarding, sledging and avalanche rescue training are available. 19 runs across 7 lifts catering for skiers and boarders of all levels, including the longest and steepest runs in Scotland.
The Discover Glencoe web site is a complete online guide to the area, with details on accommodation, where to eat and shop, as well as outdoor activities, events, maps, history, special offers, local blogs, etc.
The Visitor Centre run by the National Trust for Scotland includes a
gift shop and video explaining the historical background to the infamous
massacre of the MacDonalds by the Campbells and British Army on 13th February
In Glencoe village itself, a small group of people gather each year to commemorate the anniversary near the monument to MacIain of Glencoe.
The Glencoe & North Lorn Folk Museum is situated in two 18th century thatched croft houses in the main street (next to the village shop and post office). Open Easter - October from 10.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Saturday (tel: 01855 811664). Admission charge for adults.
Crafts & Things, just a few hundred yards outside the village, sells Scottish woollens, local crafts, and unusual gifts. Coffee shop also on the premises. Open daily. Tel: 01855 811325.
The Lochleven Seafood Cafe and Shop at Onich is a great place to buy some fresh fish and shellfish. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner. Open daily April - September (check winter opening hours). Tel: 01855 821048.
I drove through here once and it was as though we had entered the set of a science fiction film: a vast plateau strewn with rocks and boulders. Pools of water were dotted on either side of the road, some containing tiny islands bearing clumps of windswept trees and each worthy of preservation on a postcard. Weird, wild and unearthly, it seemed the sort of place where you could easily disappear and never be found. Overlooking the glacial moonscape were the mountains, dark and sinister, occasionally glistening as the evening sunlight caught the wet rock. Most wonderful and definitely well worth a trip!
This is a popular place for walkers on the West Highland Way. Located at the end of beautiful Loch Leven. There are various eating places and accommodation options. The village is home to the Atlas Brewery, and a Visitor Centre for the history of the aluminium smelter which was established here in 1904. There are many walks in the area, including a walk signposted from the village to Grey Mare's waterfall (one of the highest in Britain).
Visit the Kinlochleven Community Trust web site for more local info.
Ice Factor - a huge indoor climbing centre - includes the biggest indoor ice climbing facility in the world, plus rock climbing wall, Children's Activity Zone, sauna, steam room, plunge pool and hot tub, shop, cafe, etc.
The Tailrace Inn at Riverside Road, Kinlochleven offers food all day long and also B&B accommodation. Bus to/from Glencoe. Live entertainment in the bar on Friday nights during the summer season.
Famous for the murder dramatised by Robert Louis Stevenson in his novel "Kidnapped". The incident occurred in 1752 when Colin Campbell of Glenure ("The Red Fox") was shot and fatally wounded. His assailant escaped and an innocent man was tried, then hung some months later. If you want to see where James Stewart was hanged, then look for the white stone on a rock plinth just above the road at the Ballachulish Bridge.
It is said that the name of the true murderer, possibly the convicted man's son, has been passed down through the centuries by word of mouth and Campbell's ghost is reported to have been seen on more than one occasion.
Gardens and Nursery
Near the Appin Police Station you can visit Kinlochlaich House which has the largest Nursery Garden Centre in Scotland. It is open every day (except Sundays from mid-October to March). Also see the Glorious Gardens of Argyll web site.
Castle Stalker photo © giskard | Fotolia.com
CASTLE STALKER (25 miles north of Oban)
Built around 1540 by Duncan Stewart of Appin, this much-photographed castle was gifted by him to James IV for use as a hunting lodge. More recently it was used in a Monty Python film. It can be visited during the summer by appointment only. Tel: 01631 730 234. Check the official site for details of guided tours this year.
Overlooking the castle is The View & Co which has a great cafe and gift shop, plus live bird nest cameras and a mini IMAX theatre with local wildlife film. Open all year except January. Tel: 01631 730444. Stretch your legs by taking the path through the gate so you can take a photo of the castle. Located on the main A828 overlooking Loch Linnhe.
Places further south are described on my Oban Page
Fort William / Lochaber Accommodation
(Hotels, inns, B&Bs, guest houses, self catering cottages)
Hotels in and around Fort William
David Wilson & Charlotte Wright
The Old Manse
Fort William PH33 6RQ
Tel: +44(0)1397 701806
The Lime Tree An Ealdhain
Multi-award winning restaurant, hotel and art gallery
Michelin listed restaurant with AA 2 red rosettes
Unique art gallery showing local artists and national collections.
Choice of 10 ensuite double/twin/family bedrooms
B&B prices from £35 per person
The Moorings Hotel
Set alongside the Caledonian Canal at the famous Neptune’s Staircase.
27 individually decorated bedrooms all with ensuite bathroom,
Restaurant with AA Rosette.
B&B prices from £35 per person
Clan MacDuff Hotel
Clan MacDuff Hotel
Family-run, 3 star hotel overlooking Loch Linnhe.
Dining room with large picture windows
Choice of ensuite bedrooms
B&B prices from £33 per person.
Ben Nevis Hotel & Leisure Club
Ben Nevis Hotel & Leisure Club
Scottish Tourist Board 2 Stars.
Guests have free access to the leisure facilities:
Choice of 119 bedrooms.
B&B prices from £38.50 per person.
Best Western Imperial Hotel
Town centre hotel with views over Loch Linnhe.
Choice of 33 bedrooms
B&B prices £34.50 per night per person.
Scottish Tourist Board 2 Star Hotel
Newly refurbished lounge & reception
Choice of 97 bedrooms
B&B prices from £34.50 per person.
Situated on the shores of Loch Linnhe
Award-winning restaurant perfect for candlelit dinners. AA Red Rosette.
25 individually decorated bedrooms all with own bathroom,
B&B prices from £37.50 per person.
Hotels in the Fort William area
Loch Leven Hotel
Old Ferry Road
North Ballachulish PH33 6SA
Tel: +44 (0)1855 821236
Fax: +44 (0)1855 821550
Fully licenced to hold civil marriage ceremonies.
Loch Leven Hotel
17th century coaching inn on the shores of Loch Leven.
12 ensuite spacious bedrooms all individually decorated.
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