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Gairlochy Holiday Lodges
Gairlochy Holiday Lodges are situated near Spean Bridge at the south end of the Great Glen, on the B8004 between the Commando Memorial on the A82 and the Caledonian Canal. The canal is ten minutes walk and this is where you can join the Great Glen Mountain Bike Trail or the Great Glen Way. We are about 20 minutes from Fort William. Our pine lined chalets are well equipped with washing machine, fridge, full cooker, micro-wave, TV and shower. Each has two bedrooms upstairs, a double, and a twin, with linen provided. All are centrally heated with a focal point fire in the lounge area. Prices quoted are inclusive of all heating and hot water costs. Parking is available beside each chalet. Our caravan holiday homes are two bedroomed and have toilet/shower facilities, full cooker, microwave, gas fire, fridge and TV. All caravans are replaced on a regular basis with a maximum letting period of four seasons. Parking is provided beside the caravans and they have unhindered views of Ben Nevis and the Nevis Range ski development. Other park facilities include play area, payphone and launderette. Gas and Electricity are included in our prices. Discounts for couples. If you are also interested in a holiday caravan we have thirty pitches for touring caravans and campers, this area has a modern toilet block with showers, hot water, elsan disposal and a separate dish wash point. There are also eighteen electric hook up points. For lots more details please give us a call - we look forward to hearing from you soon. Use the enquiry form below to check availability.
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Croit Anna Hotel
The Croit Anna Hotel is situated 4Km south of Fort William on the A82 by the shores of Loch Linnhe and is ideally located for touring the Western Highlands, with such famous places as Ben Nevis, Glencoe and Glenfinnan only a short drive away. Croit Anna is part of the family owned Leisureplex Group which comprises 17 seaside hotels at locations stretching from here to St.Ives in Cornwall. Most of them boast spectacular locations and Croit Anna is no exception with breathtaking views of the loch. The name translated from Gaelic into English means Anna's Croft. Anna and her stonemason husband Dougald lived here in the 1800s in a traditional stone built cottage complete with heather thatched roof and attached "byre" for the cows. Stones from the now dismantled croft house can be seen incorporated into a stone wall at the Hotel's entrance. The accommodation consists of 92 comfortable en-suite bedrooms with TV, Radio and Hospitality Trays, situated on ground, first and second floors. Six of the ground floor rooms are partially adapted for clients using wheelchairs, the main entrance ways are ramped and all public areas, except the Glencoe Suite, are situated on the ground floor. Room types range from quality single rooms to large family rooms capable of taking up to four guests. The Linnhe Restaurant, Mermaid Lounge, Glencoe Suite and the Morvern Lounge with its welcoming open hearth fire all have spectacular views over Loch Linnhe. There is a regular programme of evening entertainment in either the Glencoe Suite or Mermaid Lounge featuring local artistes. Visit our website for more details and to check availability. For full details about availability please email, write, fax or telephone Tour Operators & Coach Enquiries welcome?
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The Lime Tree Hotel
The Lime Tree in Fort William is a Small Hotel, Restaurant and high quality Art Gallery offering you unique accommodation in a convenient location in the Highlands of Scotland. Whether you choose to relax at The Lime Tree, enjoy the spectacular mountains and landscape, bag a Munro, tackle world championship mountain bike track at Nevis Range, take the Jacobite steam train on the road to the Isles, or choose to immerse yourself in the Art culture or events at the Lime Tree, this family owned hotel in Fort William will provide the idea base to explore all Lochaber has to offer. Your Scottish Highland holiday in the Outdoor Capital of the UK will always be memorable . This stylish  hotel in Fort William offers fantastic views of Loch Linnhe and the hills beyond, 9 stylish double, twin and family bedrooms, a contemporary restaurant, a fantastic Art Galley hosting National shows, comfy lounges with open fires, map room, bike storage and Wireless broadband. OUR CHEF The Head Chef at the Lime Tree restaurant is Andrew Cook. Having previously worked at the Lime Tree, he then worked a stint at luxury country hotel Kilcamb Lodge in Strontian, before returning to the Lime Tree to take up the role of head chef. The menu focuses on fresh, locally sourced ingredients made into something special by the skilled team of chefs. Where possible, everything is made in house including breads, preserves, ice creams, and sausages and black pudding at breakfast.   The restaurant is multi award winning - Relish Good Food Guide 'Top Twenty Small Scottish Restaurants', Visit Scotland 'Taste of the Best' award, Michelin and Good Food Guide listed.  REVIEWS 'Rapidly earning a great reputation as destination eating in Fort William. great interiors with contemporary menu, this Restaurant successfully combines with its art gallery and accommodations' Wendy Barrie, The Scottish Good Food Guide 
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Self Catering on The Caledonian Canal
Ros Crana is a 44 metre, comfortable barge, located at the top of Neptune's staircase on the Caledonian Canal near Fort William. This is our home berth and we are pleased to offer the opportunity for guests to stay aboard during the periods when we are not cruising. With wonderful views of Ben Nevis and the surrounding hills this is an ideal base for discovering the area and if you wish, some gentle activity challenges - biking, walking, canoeing etc. In other words having some fun and enjoying the space to breathe. This is an ideal location for up to 12 guests to be based while staying in the Highlands. Accommodation is in 6 en-suite twin cabins with powerful hot showers. The lounge and dining area mean there is plenty of room to sit and relax during your stay. The kitchen has every cooking utensil required including a fridge freezer, large gas cooker and oven and a dish washer too! There is also an efficient drying room on board. All bed linen, towels and heating are included in the cost. We are also happy to participate and been accepted into the Visit Scotland "Good to Go"  and the Airbnb "Enhanced Clean" protocol campaigns. Prices for  1 - 6 guests: £240 per night (minimum stay 2 nights) Price for 7 or more up to a maximum of 12, there is an additional charge of £25.00pp/pn. Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact our friendly office team during Monday to Thursday 9:30am to 4:30pm. Alternatively email us with your enquiry [email protected]
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Bunroy Park
Sheltered by woodland close to the River Spean, Bunroy Park Holiday Lodges nestle in the lovely valley of Glen Spean against the majestic backdrop of Aonach Mor. They offer peace and tranquillity in an idyllic setting yet are within easy reach of the amenities of Fort William and the attractions of the Highlands. They are comfortable, well-insulated, with heating and double-glazing for year round occupation, fully equipped with TV, DVD, cooker, fridge and microwave. The lodges all have fully fitted shower rooms or bathrooms. They also have drying rooms. We welcome dogs in some lodges and there are lovely riverside and woodland paths easily accessible from Bunroy. The village of Roy Bridge with a shop, post office, railway station and bus stop and two hotels serving good food is only a 10 minute walk away. The station is a stop on the West Highland Line, one of the Word’s Great Train journeys. For hill-walkers there are several Munros within easy reach, including Creag Meagaidh, which is also a National Nature Reserve. The Loch Ossian hills are a half-hour train ride away. The gondola at Nevis Range, 7 miles away, takes you 2000 feet up Aonach Mor for some excellent ski-ing in winter and year-round activities and stunning views for all to enjoy. There is good fishing in the area as well as pony-trekking and watersports. The lodges sleep 2 – 4 people and are priced from £210 - £490 per week. Short breaks also available outwith peak season - minimum 3 night stay. Please use the enquiry form below to check availability or to make a booking. Bunroy Park Caravan and Camping site is open from the end of March until the end of October. Tent pitching areas are on level, regularly mown grass, well sheltered by  surrounding woodlands. You can camp by the river, in the spacious main area or nearer to the shower block - it’s your choice. The hard standings for caravans & motorhomes all have electric hookups so you can take the available pitch of your choice close to the shower block or in the more open lower park. The camping site is open from around the end of March to around the end of October and booking is recommended at peak times, particularly for pitches with an electrical hook up. We also have 4 camping pods at Bunroy Park, which are equipped with camping beds, a microwave and electric kettle, table and chairs. BOOK ONLINE
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Eating Out in the Fort William area

Loch Leven Hotel and Distillery
Loch Leven Hotel and Distillery, at the foot of mighty Glencoe, is a historic ferry Inn dating back to the time of Bonnie Prince Charlie. This award winning family-run establishment has been converted to a quirky and comfortable Highland Hotel, providing an intimate setting and personalised service to all their guests. Loch Leven hotel enjoyed an enviable location by the loch, surrounded by dramatic mountain views. The stylish Loch View Restaurant offers guests a slightly more formal option for dining whilst The Old Ferry Bar offers meals in a less formal dining area as well as on the outside terrace. The bar stocks over 60 Single Malts, more than 50 Gins and offers a creative cocktail list. Loch Leven Hotel's Old Ferry Bar has been titled as the 'Best Bar' in the Highlands for 3 years in a row at the Scottish Hotel Awards (2016, 2017 & 2018)! Their own distillery produces premium Highland spirits, their best known product being Devil's Staircase Highland Spiced Gin, named after the famous landmark on the West Highland Way. The distillery also offers 4 hour Gin School experiences where you can make your own unique bottle of gin! The restaurant and bar serves the best local seasonal produce, carefully prepared and executed with flair. Dishes on the menu might include local seafood such as scallops or langoustines and local meats & game. The 12 comfortable en-suite bedrooms offer a cosy place to relax and unwind and most of the rooms have loch views. Being located in "The Outdoor Capital of the UK", guests can also enjoy a wide variety of things to see and do from walking and climbing to golf, watersports and skiing. Dogs are also welcome in the bar and bar dining area!
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Outdoor Activity Providers

Snowgoose Mountain Centre
The centre's position offers exceptional facilities for watersports enthusiasts of all levels. The Lochaber & Fort William area bounded by an extensive coastal & marine environment. Snowgoose Mountain Centre is surrounded by safe water with easy access to the sheltered tidal waters of Loch Linnhe and access to the open sea down the length of Loch Linnhe beyond Corran Narrows. SEA KAYAKING In the Lochaber area there is a truly amazing variety of inland lochs and coastline offering wide selection of sea kayak trips - offering everything from sheltered paddling journeys on placid lochs with lots of islands to discover, to open tidal water with fast tidal currents. Our beginner sea kayak sessions on Loch Linnhe are a gentle introduction to the effects of paddling on tidal waters. The inland lochs of Loch Lochy and Loch Sheil are also excellent locations for sea kayaking. A little further away protected by hundreds of small tidal islands (known as skerries) is the coastline surrounding Arisaig bay. An ideal spot to begin an adventure. This area is home to a huge variety of marine wildlife with a fair weather option to paddle up the coastline towards Mallaig with fantastic views out the Inner Hebrides. RIVER KAYAKING Our novice kayaking sessions, courses & holidays are initially based on the sheltered open inland waters of Loch Linnhe, Loch Lochy, or Loch Shiel                                With a more experience we can easily progress to the moving water of the rivers Lochy, Oich, and later to the amazing white water of the Roy, Spean, etc. Our favourite spot for beginners on moving water is on Loch Lochy in a wide sheltered open bay with visiting ospreys in the summer – along with small rapids tumbling down from Loch Arkaig a few miles above. Based on the short steep side of the country we have good local access to excellent Grade 111 and above white water rivers which are largely spate in nature, some of which are quite technical in nature. This gives excellent training opportunities for intermediate and advanced white water paddling in a unique environment. OPEN CANOEING. These basic skills sessions are based inland on the more sheltered  Loch Lochy or the tidal waters of Loch Linnhe with also excellent locations to learn the skills of open canoe journeying, for day paddles or with an over night wild camping stop.There are excellent opportunities for overnight expeditions for those with a little more experience - we regularly venture further a field to the tidal waters of Loch Moidart – paddle the Rough Bounds into Arisaig; Loch Sheil; Loch Oich and Loch Arkaig. All of this as well as guided open canoe trips over the 70 mile long Caledonian Canal on the Great Glen Canoe Trail – this being one of the favourites. The idyllic River Oich and Loch Lochy are excellent for an introduction to river paddling in an open canoe  learning  to raft up effectively, lining & poling as well as the opportunity to canoe sail on more advanced courses DINGHY SAILING We have a small fleet of 16' Devon Yawls & 21’ keeled Flying 15 dinghies which can take 4 students plus an instructor. These are all weather dinghies which are fun to sail but also fast and responsive for single handed sailing or a family day out.   There are several options available for Dinghy Sailing with our experienced Instructors from ½ day taster sessions for all the family to 2-3 day sailing & boat handling courses.By the end of a 2 day Beginners course you will have experienced handling the dinghy, sail handling, rope work, be aware of safety on board and  be able to sail as a crew in light winds under supervision. There will be hands on experience of:| The dinghy and its main parts; Basic boat handling – how to sail in all wind directions; Launching & recovery;  weather & meteorology. CANOE AND KAYAK HIRE & THE GREAT GLEN CANOE TRAIL Snowgoose Mountain Centre is well placed at the extreme SW end of the Caledonian Canal for the recently opened Great Glen Canoe Trail. This offers a great opportunity to canoe or kayak along the spectacular Caledonian Canal which runs for nearly 70 miles from near Fort William to Inverness along the very varied stretches of canal as well as the wide open waters of Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and Loch Ness (which are classed as inland seas).We provideGuided canoe & sea kayak trips along the Great Glen Canoe Trail as well as 2 - 5 day expeditions in other fantastic remote and wild locations on the west coast of Scotland. We do not hire our boats to inexperienced paddlersFull open canoe, sea & river kayak hire / outfitting packages including paddles, buoyancy aids, barrels, BDH bottles, dry bags, trolley wheels, etc.  Full camping & expedition equipment hire - plus full information on the best campsites & local services.A full shuttle service for boats & gear to the end of the finish of the Canoe Trail and elsewhere - and free drop of to the top of Neptune's Staircase at Banavie to all our hire customers.  Locally based paddling information and advice when you arrive with us - based on over 30 years of local paddling experience.
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Abacus Mountain Guides
Abacus Mountain Guides provide world class mountain adventures on the west coast of Scotland. With the highest qualifications in Mountaineering and Mountain Biking, plus twenty years of experience, we deliver expert coaching and guiding in the mountains. Choose Your Adventure! Ben Nevis group walks and private guides. Summer and winter hillwalking. Bothy adventures to a number of nearby bothies. Mountain Bike skills coaching and guiding. Guided scrambles such as the CMD Arete and Aonach Eagach. Rock climbing on classic climbs such as Tower Ridge, Ben Nevis. Abacus Mountain Guides Activities May to September 2016 Every Wednesday - Ben Nevis Guided Walk - £70 Every Saturday - Ben Nevis Guided Walk - £70 This is your chance to join a group to reach the summit of the UK's highest hill. Individuals or groups are welcome to join us but advance booking is recommended. As well as leading the way your guide will look after you and show you the unique environment of the mountain, its geology and history. http://www.abacusmountainguides.com/ben-nevis.html Hill walking, scrambling, rock climbing and mountain biking are available for individuals or small groups on any day of the week by arrangement. Get in touch and let us know what you'd like to do. We specialise in providing exactly what you want. Creating the perfect trip for you based on the prevailing weather and conditions, your previous experience and aspirations, is our challenge and what gives us the most satisfaction. Instruction and guiding in hill walking, mountaineering, scrambling, rock climbing and Scottish winter climbing, and mountain biking. Be inspired by your private mountain guide in the best hills in Scotland, Ben Nevis, Glen Coe and Skye. Customer Testimonials "Booked with Abacus on a 3 day mountaineering course and from start to finish it was fantastic. Communication from Sally keeps you up to speed with the whole process of your booking and what's to come. Our guide Scott was excellent very easy going yet you felt completely in safe hands his knowledge and manner made learning simple and his explanations will remain with me.  The trip could not have been better and I cannot recommend Abacus enough. Top service from a top team." - Scott "Out with Mike Pescod for a few days winter climbing last week. What can i say i have been using Abacus for progressing my winter climbing skills for a few years now, and each and every outing is amazing. A true professional and a pleasure to climb with, local knowledge and enthusiasm from Mike is remarkable. Don't miss out!" - Mick "A great day out with fantastic weather, a really friendly, knowledgeable guide Rich. Cannot find fault, great service start to finish, will be back Thank you!" - Paul
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The Carter Company
Choosing a cycle tour is a unique (and we think the best!) way to discover Fort William, and the Highlands beyond. The Carter Company offers a stunning 8 night guided cycling holiday, with set departure dates, which starts and ends in Fort William. The Scottish Highlands are world renowned for their stunning scenery and the west coast, where this tour begins, features peaceful and idyllic lochs, majestic mountains in Ben Nevis, the dramatic Glencoe Pass, and a coastline dotted with a myriad of islands. The Outer Hebrides are some of the most remote, with astonishingly beautiful white sandy beaches and isolated dwellings. Linked by a string of ferry hops, the tour also featured the inner Hebridean island of Skye before returning to the mainland town of Fort William. You might think that, alas, this is not the place for gentle cycling. And you would be correct - but for the vehicle support we provide as part of this guided tour. We have created an itinerary where you can avoid cycling any big, or even medium, sized hills and any main roads. We are very pleased with the route we have designed and its close historical links with the infamous Bonnie Prince Charlie, its blend of castles, local crafts, fishing culture and seafood and its unsurpassed landscapes. We know that you will be pleased too - this is a unique experience not to be missed! On this tour, you will cycle with your Scottish host and guide who will share his local knowledge and make sure a fun time is had by all. Our driver will be sweeping your route and providing vehicle support along the way as well as fixing any bike problems and generally adding to the fun.
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Free Spirit Boat Hire
Free Spirit hire boats are neat clean silent-running electric powered motor boats that are easy to drive and a perfect opportunity to enjoy the peaceful, scenic Caledonian Canal for an hour or two. Couples, car-loads and coach-fulls of all ages are catered for with safety equipment supplied by us.  We are proud members of  Neptune's Staircase Activity Hub, established by Scottish Canals to open the Caledonian Canal up to many more users than ever before. Free Spirit electric boats are the first of their kind on the Scottish Canal network.   SOMETHING TO REFLECT UPON! The opportunities for a day out at Neptune's Staircase are extensive. -A self-drive boating adventure with Free Spirit.  -Refreshments at the Moorings Hotel, at the canal side next to the car park. -Kayak and bike hire from Rockhopper, half way up the lock flight. -Harry Potters Steam Train, from Fort William to Mallaig. A day out in itself. -Or, twenty minutes drive from Free Spirit Boat Hire you could be watching the steam train glide over the now well know Harry Potter flying car bridge atGlenfinnan. (A perfect spot to view from above can be reached via the short path up the hillside to the left and behind the visitor centre there. The monument on the beach across the road is also a must-see.  Before or after all that you might ride the Gondola up to the Golden Goose Cafe at Nevis Ski Range. To mention but a few! Boat Capacity 3 large adults, 4 medium sized adults, family of 5. One adult with 4 to 5 children depending on ages.   We encourage youngsters to steer the boats so they gain valuable experience while on the water. They will enjoy receiving their "I've Been a Free Spirit" badge to mark their achievement.   From wildlife spotting to counting the jumping trout (which you can fish for by the way), steering and navigating, there is an abundance of memorable moments to be enjoyed and taken home.   Couples can share a unique experience together. Families, often three generations in one boat can spend magical moments amid the mountains. Groups of friends always come back in our boats pleasantly surprised at how nippy they are. Were they racing!?   Group bookings attract discounted hourly rates. We offer children's birthday party and school trip packages.    Directions Heading north out of Fort William on the A82, turn left at the Ben Nevis Distillery, onto the A830 Mallaig road. One mile down, cross the Caledonian Canal and turn first right into Banavie to find ample parking. Free Spirit boats launch from the pontoon just beyond Top Lock, 2 minutes walk from the car park. Just follow our signs.    Opening Hours 10:00-17:00 7 days a week during school summer holidays. Otherwise weekends; and at any other time by arrangement. Telephone bookings are easy to make. If we can we will!  Read more about: Terms and conditions can be read here  Reviews  Up to date Facebook 
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Vertical Fever
Whether tackling Ben Nevis, traversing the mighty Skye Cuillin Ridge or scaling giant Himalayan summits. Vertical Fever delivers bespoke mountain instruction, guiding and expeditions providing you with a safe and rewarding adventure in the mountains. Mountain Instructor & Guide, Fort William, Scotland Vertical Fever is a friendly, professional mountain guiding company run by qualified Mountaineering Instructor, Steve Holmes. More than anything we pride ourselves on the high quality of the guiding and training we provide. In busy periods we occasionally use other qualified Instructors and Mountain Guides known personally to us to ensure we deliver that high quality and continue to help turn your dreams and ambitions into reality. Vertical Fever is based out of Fort William, where we enjoy excellent access to the UK’s highest mountain; Ben Nevis. Standing at a lofty 1345m above sea level, ‘The Ben’ dominates the skyline just a couple of miles South East of Fort William. It is here our mountain guides and instructors spend most of their time be that on the huge multi-pitch rock climbs or world renown snow and ice climbs. • Guided Walks to the Summit of Ben Nevis • Guided 'Open Group' Ascent of Tower Ridge, Ben Nevis • Rock Climbing, Mountaineering and Scrambling on Ben Nevis  • Scottish Winter Climbing and Mountaineering on Ben Nevis and Glencoe Vertical Fever also operates in the surrounding area of Glencoe where there are many classic routes to challenge the aspiring mountaineer. Glencoe is possibly most famous for housing the best mainland ridge in the UK; the Aonach Eagach. At nearly 10km long with exposed sections of scrambling and climbing, this iconic route should be on everyone’s ‘to do list’. • Guided 'Open Group 'Traverse of Aonach Eagach • Rock Climbing, Mountaineering and Scrambling in and around Glencoe A large portion of Vertical Fevers Spring / Summer season is spent on the atmospheric Isle of Skye where mountaineers take on the challenge of Scotland’s toughest summits and most iconic mountaineering challenge the Skye Cuillin Traverse. These technical mountains are not for the faint-hearted, why not allow one of our mountain guides or instructors to safeguard some of that risk and make your adventure all that more enjoyable. • Guided Traverse of the Skye Cuillin Ridge • Guided day ascents of Skye Cuillin Mountains Occasionally, we also offer amazing expeditions to faraway places such as Africa and the Nepalese Himalaya, please browse the Adventure section of the website to see if one of our local Fort William mountain guides or instructors can provide you with an amazing experience which you will savour for a lifetime. • Worldwide Expeditions
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