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Real Ale Pub Guide To Fort William & Lochaber

Fort William local pubs who sell cask ales are listed on this page.

We thought it appropriate, if you were going to walk up and down Ben Nevis - or any of our other superb mountains, you might like to know where to get a good pint of cask conditioned ale. Well, this is the right page to find the best pubs in Fort William who serve high quality, cask conditioned real ale.

Cobbs Bar and Restaurant in Fort William sell three cask ales all year round. The pub has a large open fire which is often welcoming after being out in the cold. The Ben Nevis Inn at Achintee where the Ben Nevis mountain footpath begins usually stocks two Highland cask ales. Also in Glen Nevis - the Glen Nevis Restaurant & Bar offers two or three cask ales during the summer months. On Fort William High Street The Grog and Gruel is a locally owned business which is very popular with walkers and climbers, and stocks between three to five cask ales, almost all Scottish beers. At the end of the West Highland Way in town, The Great Glen offers a good selection of both English and Scottish cask ales. Over in Caol, by the Caledonian Canal, The Lochy Bar stocks a cask ale during the summer

In Roybridge,  The Stronlossit Inn looks after their cask ales and usually have three beers on tap. At Inchree, near Onich is The Four Seasons Bar and Restaurant who have a nice countryside pub with good cask ales. In Glencoe The Clachaig Inn provides a large range of fine cask ales.

From Mallaig, a boat trip into Loch Nevis will take you to The Old Forge at Inverie where cask ales and good food are on offer - as well as an interesting visit to this remote area of the UK.

Lochaber has two small breweries - The River Leven Brewery at Kinlochleven, and Glenfinnan Brewery who supply local pubs.

When drinking cask conditioned ale - insist on only the best - if your pint is served with condensation dripping down the outside of the glass, then it's far too cold and is not being served properly, and will have lost all the natural flavours which the brewer painstakingly added when he made it. Beer is mostly expensive nowadays, so don't settle for anything other than a perfect pint at the perfect temperature.
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