Search Fort William and Lochaber

Within 50 miles of

Fort William Where to Stay Guide

Rose Cottage
This little flat, which is part of the owners home, is perfect for a couple. The flat is self contained. All the accommodation is at ground level with access to a small private garden. Seats and table, herbs and cottage garden plants. Enjoy this sheltered spot with views of Ben Nevis. On a clear night sit out and take in the night sky. Main access to flat from the garden by the French doors. It provides one double bedroom, living room/kitchen with French doors. The shower-room, small and tall with power-shower and a pulley for drying clothes. The kitchen is well equipped. Has a gas hob, electric oven and grill. Fridge with ice box. Lots of lovely crockery and utensils. All linen, including towels, is included. Also all heating, underfloor, works like a big storage heater. Washing machine. Off road parking for 2 cars A welcome pack of fresh flowers, tea, coffee etc and home baking. Have a cuppa before you unpack. There are maps and guides, natural history books and novels. Games and puzzles. D.V.D's and C.D's Near town and trails.Easy walking or cycling from the front door. Ben Nevis and Nevis Range for climbing and skiing are both nearby. Cycle the World Cup Downhill course and the Witches Trail. Take the service or steam train to Mallaig, hire canoes on the Canal, drive off to Ardnamurchan or Glencoe; visit the West Highland Museum; go horse riding and fly fishing 5 minutes walk. Ben Nevis is waiting to be climbed - or just relax and read your book. We are happy to help you plan outings, find a nice cup of coffee or a secluded beach. The accommodation is smart and practical with exposed stone, wooden beams, blue kitchen, painted floors. Dogs are welcome but please discuss with owners when booking. No Smoking and No Fireworks or Chinese lanterns please. Please telephone or email to check availability
No data
No data
Read more
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
No data
No data
Read more
Innisfree Self Catering Apartment
Ideal for exploring the West Coast and Inner Isles this lovely apartment has wonderful views of Ben Nevis, Loch Linnhe and Fort William. Set in an elevated position our well furnished holiday apartment will sleep 4 guests in two bedrooms and is in an ideal base for your visit to this area. Close by is Fort William, the ’Outdoor Capital of the UK’, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Wildlife is in abundance and outdoor pursuits including climbing, skiing, mountain biking, sailing and fishing are available locally. Take a trip on the Harry Potter steam train or ride up the mountain in a gondola. Loch Ness, Skye, Oban and Glencoe are all easily reached. The Caledonian Canal and Neptunes Staircase are a short walk away.Although only 3 Miles from the bustling hub of Fort William itself, Innisfree has delights right on the doorstep.Badabrie is situated just off “The Road to The Isles” and heading west is a pleasant and picturesque walk along the Caledonian Canal towpath (1.5 Miles) to the lovely village of Corpach which has a supermarket and Corpach Basin where boats wait to enter or leave The Caledonian Canal. A few minutes walk east from Innisfree, lies “Neptune’s Staircase” one of the great sights of the British Canal system, being the longest staircase lock in Britain with 8 locks. A whole day could be spent here just watching the variety of small and large vessels as they manoeuvre their way down towards Loch Linnhe and onwards to the sea, or north towards The Great Glen and on to Inverness. There is a very popular restaurant and cafe at the lock system itself, and the towpath is part of The Great Glen Way, which provides a lovely cycle ride or a leisurely walk along it’s bank.The walking and cycle track that runs alongside the Caledonian Canal also runs towards Fort William passing close to the River Lochy and Old Inverlochy Castle. On this route it is possible to take the dedicated cycle track to Nevis Range where Britain's only mountain gondola transports you up the slopes of Aonach Mor. Taking the service train at nearby Banavie Station will take you to Glenfinnan, Arisaig, Morar and ultimately Mallaig. Of course the Jacobite Steam Train also runs on this line from Fort William.
No data
No data
Read more

Outdoor Activity Providers

Loch Shiel Cruises
For a unique cruise through one of Scotland’s most remote, beautiful and unspoilt landscapes, take a trip to Glenfinnan. Join local skipper Jim Michie on his lovingly restored 1940 ex-naval harbour launch, who will guide you along this magnificent loch while keeping a close eye out for Golden & Sea Eagles, Red Deer and a variety of Rare Wildlife.   A variety of cruises operate on the Loch. A morning 2 hour run takes you to majestic Glenaladale, former homeland of a notable branch of the Clan MacDonald who were prominent in there support of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s attempt to regain the throne of Britain for his father, the exiled King James. A superb view of the “Jacobite” steam train crossing MacAlpine’s famous 21 arch viaduct can be seen on this cruise.   A 1 hour cruise to the Prince’s Bay will give a you taste of the Loch and its stunning surrounding landscape.   An afternoon 2.5 hour cruise visits Gaskan, where the writer and naturalist Mike Tomkies found the perfect seclusion to study and record the wide variety of his beloved wildlife.   For a great day out go on the Wednesday Loch Cruise which takes you the full length of the Loch to the crofting community of Acharacle where you can have lunch before returning home. This cruise passes the “Green Isle”, ancient sanctuary of St Finan and burial ground for over 1500 years.   Sileas is available  for private charter, be it for weddings, birthdays, corporate or group outings.   Further details on the cruises & timetable can be found on our website.   Don’t miss the boat, this is not just a cruise but an unforgettable experience!   Timetabled Cruises operate on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday Only. Private Charter Available 7 Days/Week April to November. ADVANCE BOOKING ADVISABLE.
No data
No data
Read more
Atlas Mountaineering | Ben Nevis Mountain Guide
Come join us at Atlas Mountaineering for a special experience on the UK's highest mountain. Being based in Fort William, the Outdoor Capital of the UK, at the foot of Ben Nevis, we are available on short notice for private or group mountain guiding and have great knowledge of the mountain its self. Atlas Mountaineering is now accredited by Visit Scotland and the Scottish tourism board as a four star activity provider! 5 Stars on TripAdvisor! Climb Ben Nevis now for only £69.00  PRIVATE VIA FERRATA GUIDING. BRAND NEW TO SCOTLAND AND BY FAR THE UK’S BEST VIA FERRATA.  TRIPS STARTING JUNE 2014!  BOOK NOW TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT! THIS WINTER! Ben Nevis trips, Winter skills training, Ice climbing and Winter walking! No experience needed! Whilst making a mountain out of a molehill is acceptable behaviour if you’re a bit of a drama queen, we can’t help but think it was a waste of time to bring our walking boots.Go bigger with the UK’s biggest mountain, Ben Nevis, and enjoy a guided tour with Atlas Mountaineering for only £69.00 Vital information• Guided tours of Ben Nevis and the surrounding area  • Private and public tours available • Rated 5 stars on Trip Advisor • Rated  4 stars by Visit Scotland • UK’s highest mountain • Suitable for ages 8+ Expert guides Even before you arrive, Atlas Mountaineering’s guides will be providing handy information by letting you know exactly what clothing and kit you should be bringing on the day. Once you arrive, you and your group will get ready to tackle the mountain. The guides know every twist and turn of Ben Nevis and have scooped a 5 star Trip Advisor rating as well as being rated 4 stars by the Scottish Tourist Board. Ben Nevis The UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, stands at 1,344 metres above sea level at the western end of the Grampian mountains. As you climb, you’ll take in the stunning scenery of the peaks and greenery around you, along with bursts of Scottish heather. Suitable for kids from age 8, today’s deal is the perfect family adventure. Loved by Trip Advisor "Thank goodness we had a guide and Atlas Mountaineering to tell us to hire all the right equipment, otherwise we would have had to turn back and not reach the summit like so many other people had to do.” "Atlas and Connor provided an excellent organised trip with a top guide for the day in Rich …he was patient / informative / educational / humorous and allowed us all to enjoy a very challenging but rewarding day." "We had a brilliant time with Connor and Hannah, learning about how to be safe in the hills in winter. We learnt about winter navigation, route planning, basic Avalanche awareness, crampons and ice axes, along with getting some great hiking in! We will definitely be back and can't recommend Connor and Hannah enough as guides!" Walking the Wild Side  A very special way to see what Lochaber has to offer. One of our most popular experiences is our day and a half walk from Glen Nevis. We will set off at around 3pm and walk through the Steall Meadows and catch a glimpse of the famous Steall falls, from here we will walk up into the watershed of Ben Nevis and camp for the evening. As you watch the sun set around the surrounding mountains and wilderness you will begin to experience one of the UK’s true dark zones, this means that there is no light pollution! The stars are truly amazing here and it is not uncommon to see the odd shooting star, meteor shower or the aurora borealis. You don’t need to worry about dinner as it’s included in the price and we will fill you full of hot chocolate as you get ready to settle in for the most peaceful night’s sleep you will ever have. In the morning we will wake up, eat some breakfast and break camp. From there we will walk up on to the summit of Carn Mor Dearg our first Munro of the day and on to the Carn Mor Dearg arête. This arête is described by Walk Highlands as “the finest way to see Ben Nevis” and they are not wrong, the spectacular arête gives fine airy views of the 600m north face and it is not unusual to not see a soul until we reach the summit of Ben Nevis. It truly is the wild side! Once we have climbed Ben Nevis we will walk down to the Ben Nevis Inn and relax for the rest of the afternoon while you can look back on what we have managed over the past two days.  Rock Climbing this Summer Haven't tried it before, but always fancied it?  We run private rock climbing guiding for all abilities, only in small groups, perfect if you haven't tried before.  If you are looking at something more mountainous, how about the infamous Tower Ridge or some more classic rock climbing in Glen Coe? 
No data
No data
Read more
Lochaber Guides
At Lochaber Guides we pride ourselves in offering our clients a unique and unforgettable experience in the Scottish Mountains. From meeting you at the start of your trip to taking the final few steps, our highly experienced, professional and qualified guides will be there to look after you and give you a trip to remember! We specialise in guided ascents of Ben Nevis: For those wishing to take a walking route to the summit, we can guide you on the Mountain Track or the more challenging but spectacular Carn Mor Dearg Arete. We also offer guiding on some of the classic mountaineering/scrambling routes on Ben Nevis such as Ledge Route and the outstanding Tower Ridge ! For those wishing to do some rock climbing on the UK’s highest mountain, North East Buttress  and Observatory Ridge are fantastic routes to the summit. In nearby Glencoe, the spiritual home of Scottish Mountaineering, we can offer guiding on some of the areas classic scrambles such as Curved Ridge on Buachaille Etive Mor or the (in)famous Aonach Eagach Ridge! As well as these technical routes, we can guide you on walks in Glencoe to suit all levels of experience. We run courses in Hill skills, for those taking their first steps into the hills, as well as courses in scrambling, for the walkers who wish to become mountaineers! We also offer courses in Rock Climbing for all levels, ranging form beginners, to those wishing to lead multi-pitch climbs.   Further afield, we can guide you on the mighty Cuillin Ridge on Skye with days ranging from bagging the Munros, some classic scrambles or the full Cuillin Ridge Traverse. Winter We offer a full range of winter courses, from Winter Walking to Winter Mountaineering and Winter Climbing. -Guided Ice and Winter Climbing and well as instructed courses -The popular Ben Nevis in Winter trip -Guided Munro walking -Winter Skills Courses- 1 day or 2 day or tailor made -Ben Nevis Winter Weekend- a day of skills followed by a day climbing the UK's Highest Peak in Winter! Lochaber Guides is run by Dave Anderson. Dave holds the WMCI (Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor) Mountain Training UK's highest qualification. More importantly though, he is super friendly and has a true passion for the mountains and his enthusiasm shines through. Whether you are new to the mountains or experienced we are here to help you fulfil your goals in a safe, friendly and professional way. Adventure Awaits... www.lochaber-guides.co.uk     
No data
No data
Read more
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.
No data
No data
Read more
Photography Courses & Field Trips
Learn to take better digital photographs on one of our photography courses. Digital photography is a fantastic, well-developed medium for capturing great photographs and video. Its never been easier to take good photos - with a little help and advice. I offer personal One-2-One photography courses, tuition and excursions in and around the Fort William and Ben Nevis area to anyone who wishes to learn more about their digital camera, and who wants to take better photographs. If your interest is in landscape photography or video; portrait photography or outdoor sports photography, I can help you get the best out of your camera. Each field trip can be tailored to suit individual needs. I can arrange 2-3 hour photography field trips for up to 3 persons. If you have a DSLR camera and a tripod, one of my short photography courses could be just for you. If you don't have a DSLR just yet, I can provide advice about these and offer you the chance to take photos with a Canon 5D and a variety of lenses and equipment. Photography Field Trip for 1 person: £85.00 Photography Field Trip for 2 persons: £150.00 Photography Field Trip for 3 persons: £195.00 During the photography field trip I will show you how to control camera aperture and shutter speeds; help you understand how to work with depth of field; understand working with different focal length lenses; show you how to improve photo composition; demonstrate how to tweak your photographs afterwards. I can provide Gift Vouchers if you would like to gift a Photography Field Trip for a friend or relative. If you would like to book B&B or self catering in a superb photo location, and at the same time as your field trip, I can provide this at our well established Woodside B&B Fort William. I can offer two ensuite bedrooms, a personalised breakfast of your choice and private, secluded parking - plus a view of Ben Nevis to die for...
No data
No data
Read more

Eating Out in the Fort William area

The Lochy Bar & Restaurant Fort William
The Lochy Bar and Restaurant is extremely popular with locals and visitors. We are located on the edge of Caol village and near Banavie, by the Caledonian Canal - perfect for visiting yachts and visitors staying in the area. Our family restaurant offers good value, wholesome food with a tasty menu to suit most tastes. We have easy parking and an outside area with picnic tables when the weather is good. If you are looking for a nice evening with some good, traditional food, come on in and give us a try ! Our staff are great and guarantee a welcome smile and good customer service. We are now stocking cask ales during the summer months. VIEW OUR TASTY MENU  What some of our customers say: “We've been here before about 9yrs ago but didn't know if it had changed, it's a proper pub hurrah,the food was reasonably priced and very tasty, the Mongolian Curry was excellent, I mean really very good, and the bar is dog friendly, all in all a very good experience.” “Stopped here after walking on the Caledonian Canal with our dog. Staff very friendly and provided water and biscuit for the dog. Our lunch was lovely - food was nicely cooked and presented and service was efficient- a really pleasant stop on a nice summer day. Thanks to all!” “Despite being a busy Friday night service was very friendly and food arrived quickly. Very tasty and good portion sizes. Good atmosphere and friendly staff. Will certainly return when in the area again.” Click for MORE TRIP ADVISOR REVIEWS: VISIT US ON FACEBOOK
No data
No data
Read more
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!
No data
No data
Read more

Forth coming Fort William events

View the Ben Nevis webcam

Click to view the latest images from Ben Nevis

What people are saying about Fort William

Gavin Morrice
Gorgeous views walking around the hills here. Cannot believe the weather we had either. Will definitely be back
Elie, Fife