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Highland Battles In Fort William And Lochaber

Lochaber is a place where several recorded ancient Highland battles took place between Highland Clans or against invaders from the south

Battles of Inverlochy   1431 & 1645
The original defensive site at Inverlochy was probably sacked by the Vikings but the construction of a substantial Inverlochy Castle about 1280 signified the strategic importance of the site which saw its fair share of bloodshed in medieval times.

The First Battle of Inverlochy in 1431 was during the desperate struggle between the Lords of the Isles and the Royalists. Donald Balloch, 18 year old cousin of the then imprisoned Lord of the Isles led 600 clansmen up Loch Linnhe to attack the Royalists in the Castle. Simultaneously his uncle from Torcastle attacked from the North. 1000 men lay dead and the battle was commemorated in a famous pipe tune, the Pibroch of Donald Dubh.
 
The Second Battle of Inverlochy was in 1645 during Covenanting times, James Graham, Earl of Montrose, was on the Royalist side in the Civil Wars. With only 1500 men, and after a long forced march through the winter hills of Lochaber, he attacked the Duke of Argyll’s much larger army in front of the Castle at dawn. Argyll had retreated across the loch to Camasnagaul bay and witnessed, from a distance, the defeat of his men and the slaughter of 1500.

The Battle was witnessed by the local bard Iain Lom who overlooked the battlefield from a hillock just south west of the Castle. He wrote of the battle, in his native gaelic, a long poem which in part translates as:
 
The Day of Inverlochy

'Twas the Sabbath that rose, 'twas the Feast of St. Bride,
When the rush of the clans shook Ben Nevis's side;
I, the bard of their battles, ascended the height
O'er dark Inverlochy that shadow'd the fight,
And I saw the Clan Donald resistless in might.

Those who fled were pursued by Montrose’s men and further skirmishes took place. The spot where the MacDonalds gave up the chase is marked to this day by a Cairn 6 miles off near Lundavra on the West Highland Way. This Cairn was commemorated locally with a tradition that every MacDonald passing by would add a stone to the Cairn, whilst every Campbell would remove one. The Cairn briefly disappeared altogether when a local Campbell took away more stones than the one allotted to him by tradition. With the advent of the West Highland Way there was either a great surfeit of MacDonald’s – as at one time the cairn was of such size as to threaten the pathway. It is now well signposted and a little more modest!   

The Siege of Fort William   20th March - 3rd April 1746
During the Jacobite uprising of 1745 Bonnie Prince Charlie at the start of his march South initially avoided the Fort of Fort William but in early March of 1746 a decision was made to take the Fort.

Fort Augustus had already fallen to the rebels, but meanwhile Campbell militia on behalf of the Government were burning and pillaging. The attack on the Fort may have been seen as retribution – the Fort was under the command of Major General Campbell.

Siege Cannon were obtained from Fort Augustus  and the Fort bombarded, initially from the “Sugar Loaf” on the Cow hill – now clearly visible with a large Saltire painted on it. The distance to the Fort was too far however (as evidenced by Cannon Balls found beside Belford Road when Inverlochy Place was built last century). They then moved their cannon to the Craigs Burial Ground, but the Fort was easily supplied by sea and the jacobites inflicted only limited damage – and an early morning sortie by the Government troops captured some of their cannon and effectively put an end to the siege after two weeks.  

 

Battle of Bun Garbheill c.1570
During an uncertain period in Clan Cameron history the Clan MacIntosh decided to take advantage of the Cameron’s apparent disarray, when the chief Allan Cameron was an infant and his tutors chose to claim the chieftain ship. The MacIntosh with 200 men came towards Achnacarry from the south, without apparent resistance, until on Loch Arkaig side they met with Donald “Taillear Dubh” Cameron – the “Black Tailor”, a near relative of young Allan, who had rallied the Clan to meet the challenge.

Though outnumbered, the Camerons fought ferociously and with their Lochaber Axes and put the remaining MacIntosh’s to flight. They retreated back over the hills to the head of Loch Eil where the chief of the MacIntosh Clan halted and standing atop a huge boulder (still there and known as  Clach Mhic an Toisich – the MacIntosh’s Stone); he rallied his men and once more the slaughter began. If took the courage of the “Black Tailor” to unseat him, and his men then retreated further carrying their injured chief.

They headed south again over the hills toward Ardgour, resting in Glen Scaddle at a small hollow where they thought they were safe. Not so as the Tailor remained in pursuit and killed every last man at this remote site which may still have signs of the graves of the vanquished MacIntosh’s.

Battles between the Camerons and the Garrison at Inverlochy 1654
The building of the Fort of Inverlochy (later to become Fort William) in 1654 to suppress local insurrection and warfare, inevitably led to much confrontation between the English Soldiers of Cromwell and Clan Cameron, led by their chief Ewen Cameron. Significant skirmishes took place at Achdalieu, Strone Nevis and Achintore, all in the year 1654.

It began when two thousand Cromwellian troops, under General Monk came equipped with one year's supplies, workmen, servants and ample materials to construct the garrison.  Ewen Cameron heard of their entry into Lochaber and rushed back home and was most probably shocked by what he would find.  Within a day the Cromwellians, using the plentiful woods of the area as a resource, had already firmly entrenched themselves in Lochaber behind a wooden stockade.

Ewen kept just thirty-two of his bravest men with him, retiring to the woods of Achdalieu where they would await the return of their forces and wait for a chance to strike against the enemy.  The commander of the fort, a Colonel Brayne, would soon order nearly three hundred of his men out of the fort, to cut "some fine old oak trees."  Two ships of soldiers sailed from the fort into Loch Eil, one anchoring on Ewen's side of the loch, the other ship on the opposite shore.  The young Chief of Clan Cameron counted one hundred and thirty-eight of the enemy on his lochside, in addition to officers and workmen.  Returning to his men Ewen asked their advice on what they might do "now that such a party of the enemy had offered their throats to be cut." 

Ewen Cameron of Lochiel decided to make the English pay with their lives each and every time they set foot outside their fort.  The Camerons would "take a bite" out of the Cromwellian soldiers during each such outing, beginning that very day at Achdalieu. Ewen's scouts brought word that the Cromwellian soldiers who had landed nearby were slowly made their way to the village of Achdalieu , pillaging houses and capturing poultry along the way.  Though given orders to march slowly through the woods to engage the enemy, the Camerons ran on ahead, eager to expel their unwanted guests.  The Cromwellians heard their charge, for though only 32 in number,  the Camerons must have sounded like an entire regiment, utilising the cover of the woods to confound the enemy just as Ewen had hoped.  Led by their courageous chief these "sons of the hound," armed with muskets, broadswords, dirks, targes and bow and arrow, rushed upon the soldiers. 

For every Cameron there were four soldiers from the Fort  armed with heavy muskets and bayonets. Immediately the Cromwellian soldiers fell into an extreme sense of panic, for they had fired much too soon.  Long before they had a chance to re-load the Highlanders were upon them.  Thirty of the enemy were dead instantly, with the "point blank" discharge of the Cameron firearms.  The subsequent cutting wounds inflicted upon the redcoats were said to be beyond belief.  Needless to say broadswords will inflict great damage upon an enemy, but they also were reported to have hewed through a good number of bayonets and into musket barrels.  After what has been described as a "stiff fight" the remaining 60 or so living Cromwellians were put to flight. 

Lochiel craftily sent two or three of his men ahead of the retreating enemy and had them call out from behind a bush, as to make the enemy imagine that they were heading into another body of Camerons.  While this strategy slowed the return to their boats, it also enraged the redcoats, who were still superior in numbers to the Camerons. In the midst of the battle Ewen was separated from his men, after following a few of the enemy into the woods where he killed two or three of them with his "own hand." 

As fate would have it the English officer who had commanded the party had also fled in this direction and had concealed himself behind a nearby bush.  Observing that the Chief of Clan Cameron was alone he emerged from his hiding place intent on avenging the deaths of his men.  Facing off to one another with swords these two gentlemen fought for both survival and honour.  Their swordsmanship being of a somewhat equal match, they fought on as the redcoats continued to be hounded by the Cameron men.  It is said that the English officer was a large, powerful foe, but that Ewen exceeded him in agility.  In due time the Englishman's sword was tripped out of his hand, leaving Ewen poised for the kill.  This was to be denied, for the redcoat pounced upon Ewen and wrestled him to the ground.  They struggled and fought one another, eventually tumbling down into the nearby channel of a brook or stream, which happened to be dry. 

The Englishman found himself atop of Ewen and proceeded to use his great size to drive the Cameron Chief deeply into the sharp stones.  After some time, during which the two men fought with their last remaining strength, the English officer regained the use of a free hand, with which he drew the dagger from upon his belt.  While keeping his full weight upon Ewen, to hold him to the ground, the Englishman attempted to stab his foe, but was unable to in such close quarters. In the end he finally managed to disengage himself, raising high above Ewen for the death blow.  In those moments of battle, when one is faced with impending death, desperation and fury combine with one another into a formidable defence.  Ewen at long last saw his opportunity, which he must have realised would be his last chance of survival.  He reached up and grabbed his opponent by the collar, jumping at the extended throat which presented itself at that moment.  The English officer, at full extension with his dagger above Ewen, was defenceless; his throat was bitten and torn from his body.  As Ewen reflected in his later years "it was the sweetest bite" that he had ever experienced.  The Camerons lost only five men on that day.

Many years later, when more civil relations had been restored Lochiel found himself in London at a barbers shop to get his beard and hair dressed. The barber sat him in his chair and producing his razor remarked: " You are from the north, sir, I believe ? "
" Yes," answered Lochiel, " I am. Do you know people from the north ? " 

" No," shouted the angry barber, " nor do I wish to. They are savages there - one of them tore the throat out of
my father with his teeth, and I only wish I had the fellow's throat as near me as I have yours just now."
On this occasion Lochiel did not challenge him and it is said he never again entered a barber's shop. 
Soon after the fight at Achdalieu , the Ewen requested those of his people who lived near the Cromwellian garrison of Inverlochy to "make their peace" with the Governor, that they should live peaceably towards himself and his garrison.  This was soon arranged and the Cameron people were secured from ruin during their leader's absence from the district. The Governor, however again sent  parties to bring in wood and other materials to strengthen his fortifications - materials belonging to the Camerons, if not Ewen himself. 

Being kept well informed of what was occurring at Inverlochy the young Chief of Clan Cameron returned to the district and immediately placed a body of his most resolute followers in a secure place, less than one-half mile westward of the fort.   That same morning a body of two hundred men came out from the garrison, marching in Ewen's direction.  Observing them, he detached twenty of his men to a secret place, to the rear of the enemy - between them and the garrison - with orders to rush out and intercept them in case they retreated, as they naturally would when attacked in front by the Camerons.  The Cromwellian party marched in "good order" until they arrived at the village of Achintore , where Ewen and his band lay concealed.  The Camerons furiously rushed forward, scattering their enemies in all directions.  

The memory of the battle of Achdalieu struck fear into their hearts, when they found themselves so suddenly and unexpectedly attacked by a force of strength of which they did not know and could not ascertain.  The men in ambush rushed forth to intercept them in their flight, giving the Cromwellians a full charge of their firelocks in front and then charged with their broadswords, killing more than half their number.  Those who escaped were pursued to the walls of the fort, but many of them were taken prisoner.

Once more, Ewen, XVII Captain and Chief of Clan Cameron left Lochaber and again heard that the Governor of Inverlochy was taking advantage of his absence, cutting down large quantities of his woods to supply the garrison with an ample supply of fuel during the upcoming winter.  Annoyed at this, he returned from his military commitments elsewhere and found that the English soldiers had been cutting down the woods on the shoulder of Ben Nevis , about one mile eastward from the garrison.  Ewen marched to this point, called Strone Nevis, early on the following morning after his arrival.  He carefully posted his men and gave then the necessary instructions. 
Ewen kept sixty, under his own immediate command, in a tuft of wood at a point opposite where the soldiers sent out from the garrison with the hewers of the wood always took up their position.  Two other bodies of thirty men each were told off to his right and left, respectively, where they were concealed.  They were instructed to rush forth as soon as the concerted signal was given, which was to be a great shout of "Advance, Advance!" as if the wood was full of men.  The remainder of his men he placed in a pass between the wood and the garrison, to lie in ambush and not to move out of that unless they found that the enemy was making a successful resistance when attacked by the Highlanders in front.  If these men laying in ambush noticed their enemies running away, in retreat, they were to rush forward in advance of them, place them between two fires by giving them a volley in front and then attack them with their broad-swords.  The object was to kill as many as they could.  They were, however, specially ordered to give quarter to any who offered to lay down his arms and surrender.

About four hundred Cromwellians marched out of the garrison, taking their usual position, quite innocent of the fate which immediately awaited them.  Everything turned out as Ewen anticipated; a general slaughter at once ensued.  The Highlanders, issuing forth from their places of concealment, made a great noise, loudly echoed by the surrounding mountains.  This, accompanied by the simultaneous sounds of several bagpipes, frightened the enemy, who in consequence made no resistance.  They truly believed themselves surrounded by large bodies of Highlanders pouring in upon them from all sides and immediately fled at their highest speed. More than one hundred of the Cromwellians were killed on the spot and the remainder, having been attacked unexpectedly by those in ambush between them and the garrison, were part of a second slaughter. 

Not more than a third of the four hundred escaped.  These were pursued to the walls of the garrison and the whole battle was over so quickly that it became a matter of history before the Governor actually knew that his men had even been attacked. 

Not one single Cromwellian officer escaped, they being the only men among the garrison troops who had the courage to offer any resistance to the Camerons.  Among them was a young gentleman, a great "favorite" of the Governor who, exasperated at the loss of his friend and that of his men, became furious and swore immediate revenge upon Ewen and the entire Clan Cameron. The next morning the Governor ordered out the entire garrison, some 1,500 men.  Ewen, as usual, obtained advance notice of this action and moved his men to higher ground, keeping in view of the enemy as he himself "marched round the mountains, with pipes playing and colors flying."  He made every effort to induce the Cromwellian commander to follow him, to get him entangled in the woods, narrow paths and other obstructions abounding in the area, where he could be successfully attacked. 
The Governor was too wary to fall into the trap prepared for him.  After traversing many difficult and rugged paths the Cromwellian forces turned right about and by the help of good guides found their way back to the garrison, heartily fatigued and disgusted with the fruitless expedition.  The Camerons, following closely on their heels, repeatedly insulted the Governor and his followers.  Whenever the nature of the ground favoured, and when they came to close quarters, they invited the Cromwellians to advance "for their Chief was there, ready to receive their Governor, if he wished to speak to him."  They were also said to have uttered several other "very tantalising and insulting remarks."  Needless to say, after this the garrison of Inverlochy was on better guard when they dared to venture from their fortification. 


  

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  • Invercoe Highland Holidays - Glencoe MacIain Cottages
    Invercoe, Glencoe, Argyll, PH49 4HP
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    Invercoe Highland Holidays where we offer you quiet, getaway from it all vacations, in what is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque of the Scottish Glens. Here in Glencoe, an area renowned worldwide for its rugged grandeur and also for the Massacre of the Clan MacDonald in 1692, you can have a...

  • Glencoe Highland Holidays - self catering chalets
    Beside lochside cottages, Ballachulish, Glencoe, PH494JP
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    Fabulous 5 Star luxury detached self catering properties nestled on the edge of loch leven with wonderful views over the lochs to the mamore hills beyond, you simply won't wish to go home on your departure day. All properties are furnished to the very highest of standards , all have free WiFi,...

  • Bunroy Park - Self Catering Accommodation & Touring & Camping Site
    Bunroy Road, RoyBridge, PH31 4AG
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    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...

  • Inn at Ardgour
    North Corran, Ardgour, Fort William, PH33 7AA
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    The Inn at Ardgour can be seen from the Corran Ferry as you wait for the Ferry to Ardnamurchan. We offer comfortable rooms, good food with Highland hospitality so you will be made to feel very welcome. We are ideally placed for cycling along quiet country roads or touring the Ardnamurchan...

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    Inverour Guest House
    Inverour Guest House , Roy Bridge Road, Spean Bridge, PH34 4EU
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    Inverour Guest House is a small guest house which is ideally located in Spean Bridge.It is managed by Eddie and Michael who offer all their guests a warm and friendly welcome.Inverour offers its guests a range of comfortable rooms ranging from king size to a single.Most of our rooms offer...

  • Cruachan Hotel, Fort William
    Achintore Road, Fort William, PH33
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    With superb lochside views and a short distance to Fort William town centre, the Cruachan Hotel is a good choice as an affordable hotel if you are planning a visit to our Highland town. We have lots of private parking, generous sized public rooms, lounges and dining room with a variety of...

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    Glen Nevis Holidays 4 and 5 star Luxury Lodges
    Glen Nevis, Fort William, PH33 6SX
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    Glen Nevis Holidays offers some of the best self catering holiday accommodation facilities in the United Kingdom. Located at the foot of the highest mountain in the British Isles, Ben Nevis dominates this beautiful Highland glen. The River Nevis, with 1000 hectares of fishing rights, flows past...

  • Arisaig Hotel
    Arisaig, Inverness-shire, PH39 4NH
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    Located in the village of Arisaig by the sea and on the way to the Skye Ferry, and within walking distance from the train station, our nice hotel in Arisaig offers affordable B&B and tasty bar meals. With views out to sea over the bay, our family run hotel is a great place to stay for a short...

  • Maybank Holiday Home
    Muirshearlich, Banavie, Fort William, PH33 7PB
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    Maybank holiday home is set on the Caledonian Canal with stunning views for Ben Nevis and the boats sailing the Canal. Sleeping 8, Maybank is excellent for large families or group of friends. Maybank is a high standard, well appointed, self catering holiday home set on the bank of the...

  • Great Glen Hostel
    South Laggan, by Fort Augustus, PH34 4EA
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    The Great Glen Hostel is an independent hostel in South Laggan, a little hamlet at the heart of Scotland's Great Glen, 20 miles north of Fort William and 10 miles south of Loch Ness. Previously known as Loch Lochy SYHA, the hostel is now owned and managed independently and has undergone...

  • Torbeag House - B & B near Ben Nevis
    Torbeag House, Muirshearlich, Fort William, PH337PB
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    Torbeag House is just 4 miles from the Highland town of Fort William, (the Outdoor Capital of the UK), yet set in the peace and tranquility of the Great Glen, facing Ben Nevis Britain's highest mountain. Torbeag is a substantial family home offering 1st class ensuite bed and breakfast...

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    Newfield, , Balblair, Dingwall, IV7 8LQ
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    Schoolhouse Cottage
    Tigh Sgoile, Onich, Fort William, PH33 6RY
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    The flexibility of a whole cottage, with gorgeous views and brilliantly located for exploring the highlands.The CottageThe cottage is light, bright and warm with views of Loch Linnhe, Glencoe and the mountains beyond. The spacious living room has a vaulted ceiling ...

  • Buccleuch Guest House
    Buccleuch Guest House, Achintore Road, Fort William, PH33 6RQ
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    With fine views over Loch Linnhe and the hills of Ardgour, Buccleuch B & B (pronounced 'Buckloo') provides a great place to stay while visiting Fort William and touring the West Coast of scotland. Our spacious, Victorian (circa 1878), stone-built home has seven ensuite bedrooms. Breakfast...

  • Hollybank Lochside Self Catering
    Hollybank , Achintore Road, Fort William, PH33 6RP
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    Luxury lochside holiday home just 30 metres from the shore of Loch Linnhe and set in its own ten acres of croft ground, the property has been completely refurbished and has three ensuite bedrooms all with window seats and loch views. The lounge has loch views and flat screen TV and DVD and cosy...

  • Guisachan Guest House
    Alma Road, FortWilliam, PH33 6HA
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    A warm welcome awaits you at Guisachan House, a family run guesthouse offering bed and breakfast in Fort William. We are situated in an elevated position away from the main road with views over Loch Linnhe and surrounding hills, and only 5 minutes walking distance from Fort William town...

  • Tigh an Beag
    14 Upper Inveroy, Roybridge, PH31 4AQ
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    This comfortable, well equipped self contained ground floor self catering apartment with private entrance is annexed to our home and has full central heating and is double glazed throughout. The living / dining room has spectacular panoramic views toward the Grey Corries, it is carpeted...

  • Corran Bunkhouse
    by the Corran Inn, Inchree, Fort William, PH33 6SE
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    A comfortable bunkhouse at Corran Narrows on Loch Linnhe, near Fort William, just off the A82. We provide quality bunkhouse accommodation within walking distance of the Corran Ferry and good pub/restaurants.We are located at the Corran Ferry for trips into Ardnamurchan.

  • Strontian Hotel - countryside bed and breakfast
    Strontian, by For William, PH36 4HZ
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    Visit our website for details Located in the quiet village of Strontian on the Ardnamurchan peninsula, The Strontian Hotel offers comfortable bed and breakfast for those looking for a quiet stay in this wonderful, totally unspoiled environment. Our family run hotel sits by the shore of...

  • Stronlossit Inn
    Roy Bridge, Fort William, PH31 4AG
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    The Stronlossit Inn is located in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Centrally located in the highlands and an easy drive to the main visitor attractions. Located amidst the grandeur and majesty of the surrounding scenery, with the awe-inspiring backdrop of the Ben Nevis range, Stronlossit is...

  • Loch Linnhe View holiday cottage
    3 Ben Nevis Terrace, Fort William, PH33 6RA
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    Loch Linnhe View is an excellent base to explore Lochaber and the Highlands. This quiet end terrace cottage style house overlooks Fort William, with views of Loch Linnhe and the Ardgour and Corpach hills.The accommodation has its own parking and is a few minutes walk from the town centre. It has...

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    Glen Nevis Holiday Caravans
    Glen Nevis Holidays Ltd, Glen Nevis, PH33 6SX
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    Our Holiday Caravans have a fantastic location in Glen Nevis, at the foot of Ben Nevis, with stunning views to the surrounding mountains. We have three types of fully furnished holiday caravans, with wifi, offering 2-3 bedrooms and accommodating up to six people. We also offer a wheelchair...

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    Nevis Bank Inn
    Belford Road, Fort William, PH33 6BY
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    Fort William's Nevis Bank Hotel opened its door for the 2010 season at the end of May after a total refurbishment with very contemporary styling and a comfortable environment. The new management team welcomes you to our exciting place to stay in Fort William with stylish restaurant. We are...

  • Ealasaid Studio Apartment
    Ealasaid, Victoria Road, Fort William, PH33 6BH
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    Ealasaid is a self-catering studio apartment, perfect for 2 people in a quiet residential area of Fort William, just a 3 minute walk to the town centre with its shops, restaurants and attractions. It has a 3 start Visit Scotland rating This ground floor studio apartment is bright and spacious...

  • Torlundy House
    Happy Valley, Torlundy, Fort William, PH33 6SN
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    Torlundy House is a family run Guest House located in the rural settlement of Torlundy some 3 miles (5 kilometers) from Fort William in the Highlands of Scotland. Your hosts, Michael and Maxean, have been providing B&B for 14 years in Torlundy.We have lived in Torlundy for nearly 18 years...

  • Snowgoose Apartments, The Smiddy Bunkhouse & Blacksmiths Hostel
    Snowgoose Apartments & The Smiddy Bunkhouse, Station Road, Corpach, Fort William, Highland, PH33 7JH
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     Snowgoose Apartments, The Smiddy Bunkhouse, Blacksmith’s Hostel at Snowgoose Mountain Centre offer an ideal base to independently explore the surrounding west coast of  Scotland in the heart of the Scottish Highlands.Take the opportunity to take part in our adventure activities, with our...

  • Laragain Cottage - self catering by Fort William
    2 Laragain Cottages, Upper Banavie , Fort William, PH33 7PB
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    This attractive holiday cottage is located one mile from Banavie and about 5 miles from Fort William town centre (10 minutes by car), The Moorings Hotel and restaurant is within walking distance. Laragain has two upstairs bedrooms - one twin and one double. Downstairs there's a...

  • Fort William Winter Let - Cedar Lodge
    Woodside, Tomacharich, Fort William, PH33 6SW
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    Fort William Spring Let / Serviced monthly let - AVAILABLE APRIL 2018 !This 2-bedroomed property would suit one or two professional persons working in the Fort William area, and willing to share the facilities. It would equally be a superb place for one professional person to enjoy. Cedar Lodge...

  • Invergarry Lodge
    Mandally Road, Invergarry, PH35 4HP
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    Invergarry Lodge is an independent, self-catering youth hostel located in the Great Glen, in the heart of the Scottish Highlands.Surrounded by mountains, glens, forests, lochs and rivers, the hostel is ideally situated for most outdoor pursuits and offers unparalleled opportunities for studies in...

  • Inchree Centre
    Inchree, Onich, near Fort William, PH33 6SE
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    A family-run establishment, offering good-quality, competitively-priced holiday Chalet & Ensuite Room accommodation, with on-site Pub-Restaurant.  Inchree is situated in a highly-convenient location just south of Fort William on the A82. Located midway between the Ben Nevis and the Glencoe...

  • Chenderoh Guesthouse
    Achintore Road, Fort William, PH33 6RQ
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    Located on Fort William's "Golden Mile" - a lovely loch-side approach to Fort William, Chenderoh Guesthouse welcomes couples and adults looking for comfortable accommodation within walking distance of the town centre.Our 1930s villa is quite unique in the area and has a superb outlook over Loch...

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    West End Hotel
    High Street, Fort William, PH33
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    The West End Hotel is a well appointed, family run hotel with a tastefully furnished restaurant, lounge bar and delightful patio which enjoys great views of Loch Linnhe and the Ardgour hills. We are a short walk across to the West End Car Park where the Scottish Six Day Trials have their base in...

  • Springburn Self Catering Chalets
    Stronaba, Spean Bridge, PH34 4DX
    Box 101 2071

    Located a short distance from the world-famous Commando Monument above the village of Spean Bridge, our modern and comfortable self-catering chalets are a great place to stay for a holiday. Our chalets have every modern convenience. They sleep up to 4 persons, have lots of private parking and...

  • Glen Nevis Cottage Self Catering Accommodation By Ben Nevis
    old nevis bridge, Glen Nevis, FortWilliam, PH33 6PF
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    Located at the entrance to Glen Nevis, this very appealing, traditional cottage provides comfortable holiday accommodation for 4 plus persons. Every amenity is included in the weekly rent - except towels. Glen Nevis Cottage is within walking distance of Fort William town center, and at the...

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    Alexandra Hotel
    The Parade, Fort William, PH33 6AZ
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    Part of the very fabric of Fort William, since 1876 The Alexandra Hotel provides traditional Scottish Hospitality at its best and located in the centre of Fort William is an ideal base from which to explore the Highlands and Islands.Relax by the warmth of the open fire in the lounge before...

  • The Ballachulish Hotel
    Ballachulich, Glencoe, PH49 4JY
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    The Ballachulish Hotel enjoys a wonderful location looking out to the west by the site of the old ferry crossing on Loch Leven... We are 10 miles south of Fort William town centre and Ben Nevis. Our Highland Hotel is a stone-built, baronial style building with lots of character, but completely...

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    Minard Cottage
    Minard Cottage, Self Catering Holidays, Glencoe, Argyll, Scotland, PH49 4HN
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    We have 2 holiday cottages in iconic Glencoe: ​ Minard Cottage. Sleeps 6-8 Adults and 1-3 Juniors.  The Bunkie Chalet. Sleeps 2 Adults and 1-2 Juniors.  ​ Based in stunning Glencoe, our holiday cottages are in Scotland's most iconic glen and the perfect base for exploring the...

  • Minaig Bed & Breakfast
    Achintore Road, Fort William, PH33 6RN
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    Minaig bed and breakfast offers a warm welcome and a comfortable room for your stay in Fort William. Our family home is a 15 minute stroll to the town centre with fine loch views all the way.We have two ensuite bedrooms with lots of home comforts. One has a great view of Loch Linnhe and the...

  • Great Glen Yurts - unique accommodation
    Torlundy Farm, Tomacharich, Fort William, PH33 6SP
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    Great Glen Yurts is an eco yurt camp in a woodland riverside setting at the foot of Ben Nevis. Our hand painted authentic Mongolian yurts are set on a beautiful organic farm in the highlands of Scotland. Each yurt has unbelievably sensational views of the North Face of Ben Nevis and are also just...

  • Invergarry Hotel
    Inverness-shire, Invergarry, PH35 4HJ
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    Invergarry Hotel in the Great Glen is located at the junction to the Isle of Skye and a perfect place for fly fishing on the River Garry.The hotel is a traditional stone-built building with open fires, cosy bar and very comfortable bedrooms. Invergarry is where you can turn off the Inverness...

  • Holly Tree Hotel, Swimming Pool and Restaurant
    Kentallen Pier, Kentallen, Argyll, PA38 4BY
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    The Hollytree Hotel with Swimming Pool and Sauna is located a few miles down the Oban road from Glencoe in a quiet bay on the shore of Loch Linnhe - our views across the sea are often stunning - all year round ! We also offer ten superb self catering properties at www.glencoeholidays.co.uk and...

  • Tigh na Drochaid Self Catering
    Glen Nevis, Fort William, PH33 6PF
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    We are now offering autumn and winter short self catering breaks. This modern, semi-detached apartment is located near the foot of Ben Nevis and at the entrance to Glen Nevis in the heart of Britain's outdoor capital. Attached to the owners' property it is within walking distance of Fort...

  • Craigag Lodge
    Glenfinnan, PH37 4LT
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    Craigag Lodge is nestled in the hills behind Glenfinnan. We offer a very comfortable, relaxing retreat that will set you up for your adventures in the Highlands and Islands.We have a drying room, free WiFi and welcome dogs by arrangement.Ensuite rooms are large with baths and showers to soak your...

  • Lochailort Inn
    The Lochailort Inn, on 'The Road to the Isles', Lochailort, By Fort William., PH38 4LZ
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    The Lochailort Inn is a small hotel & bar set amidst the stunning scenery of the West Coast of Scotland. Clean, comfortable accommodation, locally sourced, freshly made cuisine and friendly staff will ensure that you have a most relaxing stay. We like to pride ourselves on offering...

  • Garadh nan Ros Bed & Breakfast
    Sutherland Avenue, Fort William, PH33 6JT
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    A warm Highland welcome awaits you at "Garadh nan Ros" - Garden of the Roses. Our two bedrooms - one a twin bedded room, the other a double - are both ensuite with toilet and shower. TV and tea/coffee making facilities are provided. We have private parking for guests.We offer a tasty...

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    The Hayloft
    The Hayloft Self Catering, 96 Lochyside, Fort William, PH33 7NX
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    The Hayloft at Lochyside is positioned to one side of our lovely, quiet garden with views towards Ben Nevis and has everything you need to enjoy your visit to the Fort William area. The property is tastefully designed in the upper floor of a self-contained building with an open plan kitchen-diner...

  • Forest View B&B Kinlochleven
    24 Wades Road, Kinlochleven, PH50 4QX
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    A warm welcome awaits you at Forest View Bed & Breakfast, located in Kinlochleven right on the path of the West Highland Way in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, We offer reasonably priced, comfortable bed and breakfast accommodation, individually designed bedrooms, all equipped with...

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    Innisfree Self Catering Apartment
    Innisfree Self Catering Apartment, Badabrie, Fort William, PH33 7LX
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    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...

  • Stronchreggan View Guest House
    Achintore Road, Fort William, PH33 6RW
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    Stronchreggan View is a family-run Fort William guest house on the shores of Loch Linnhe over looking the Ardgour Hills. It's an ideal Fort William B&B base for touring the Highlands and the surrounding area of the West Highlands.This comfortable, guesthouse has family, double, twin and...

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    Ben Nevis Hotel
    North Road, Fort William, PH33 6TG
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    Nothing is overlooked - Except Ben Nevis Whether you are visiting on business or for some quality leisure time the hotel is an ideal base where you can be sure of a warm Scottish welcome. Situated at the foot of Ben Nevis in Fort WilliamThe Ben Nevis Hotel & Leisure Club is in a prime...

  • Gairlochy Bay
    Gairlochy, Spean Bridge, PH34 4EQ
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    For a unique self catering holiday on the banks of Loch Lochy and the Caledonian Canal consider one or our cosy and special self catering holiday homes.Both properties sleep up to 8 people. Gairlochy Bay is built of log with exposed wood on the inside. Wood burner and a 50" plasma screen are...

  • Invercoe Camping and Touring Park
    Invercoe, Glencoe, PH49 4HP
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    Touring in Scotland with your motorhome, caravan or tent can be lots of fun and you'll find Invercoe in Glencoe has something for you - lots of touring pitches, good touring park facilities and services, big mountains and an equally big welcome !
Our long established caravan and camping park...

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    Brae Mhor Cottage
    Coire Vullin, Blarmafoldach, Fort William, PH33 6SZ
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    With a unique view of Ben Nevis, the West Highland Way on your doorstep & a stunning panoramic of surrounding countryside, Brae Mhor Cottage is the ideal Highland holiday retreat. The newly built cottage is situated in its own private grounds in the small crofting township of...

  • Dalchreggan House, Fort William
    Achintore Road, Fort William, PH33 6RQ
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    Dalchreggan House is a grand Victorian villa with large, spacious bedrooms close to Fort William's town centre. This traditional bed and breakfast in Fort William offers Highland hospitality in quality ensuite rooms. Dalchreggan looks out onto Loch Linnhe and to the hills beyond, yet is only a...

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    Self Catering on The Caledonian Canal
    Top Lock, Neptune's Staircase, PH33 7LY
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    During the winter until the middle of March our comfortable holiday barges are parked near Fort William by the longest canal locking system in the UK, the Neptune's Staircase. This is an ideal location for up to 12 guests to be based while staying in the Highlands. With a waterside location there...

  • Fassfern Bed and Breakfast
    Achintore Road, Fort William, PH33 6RQ
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    We are just a 2/3 minute walk from Fort William town centre and also the end of the West Highland Way. Situated on the shore of Loch Linnhe, we have stunning views across the loch towards the Ardgour hills. Our all our rooms are en-suite with central heating. We have flat screen Tv's and...

  • Glen Marie B & B
    Glen Marie, Tomacharich, Fort William, PH33 6SW
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    With wonderful views of near by Ben Nevis, and a pastoral landscape of grazing horses outside the front door, Glen Marie B & B is a place worth considering for a visit. We're only 10 minutes from the town centre, yet enjoy a quiet setting in the country. We offer one twin-bedded room...

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    Invercoe Camping and Touring Park - Hobbit Houses
    Invercoe, Glencoe, PH49 4HP
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    Come to Glencoe and stay in one of our two micro lodge Hobbit Houses which are available for nightly hire, with a 2 night minimum at the weekend. They are a real fun alternative to a tent and especially good when the weather is less than you might wish for... Each Hobbit unit has a double...

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    Tigh na Drochaid Bed and Breakfast
    Glen Nevis, Fort William, PH33 6PF
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    Tigh na Drochaid (Bridge House) is a family run bed and breakfast in Fort William. Our  detached villa is located at the entrance to Glen Nevis and very close to restaurants, bars and shops. Ben Nevis is a mere 10 minute walk away as are many other long and short walks and cycle routes. We...

  • Glenlochy Nevis Bridge Apartments Fort William
    Lochy Bridge, Fort William, PH33 6LP
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    Situated in its own extensive grounds on the banks of the River Nevis. Glenlochy - Nevis Bridge Apartments (formerly Glenlochy Guest House) are ideally situated at the end of the old West Highland Way and Glen Nevis yet still only a 10 minute walk from the bustling town centre and the railway...

  • Burnlea Bed and Breakfast Fort William
    Burnlea, Achintore Road, Fort William, PH33 6RN
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    Burnlea bed and breakfast in Fort William has stunning, uninterrupted panoramic views over Loch Linnhe to the hills beyond and is just a mile's scenic walk from the shops, restaurants and pubs of Fort William. Free parking, free Wi-Fi, superb breakfasts; Highland hospitality at its best! Rooms...

  • Beinnard Bed and Breakfast
    Argyll Road, Fort William, PH33 6LF
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    Beinnard Bed and Breakfast in Fort William offers four bedrooms in our family home which enjoys an elevated location with great views looking over the town of Fort William and Loch Linnhe. Our deck is a great place to relax on a nice afternoon or evening with its west-facing view. We offer four...

  • The Wee Round House
    Donnelly's croft 104 , Lochy side Caol , Fort William , PH33 7BA
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    The Wee Round House is located on the croft adjacent to the village of Caol near Fort William. It has stunning views of Ben Nevis and Loch Linnie. The wee round house has a gas cooker, sink, four beds, wood burning stove and cooking implements. There is a chemical toilet outside and also a secure...

  • Number 81 Bed and Breakfast
    81 Alma Road, Fort William, PH33 6HF
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     Number 81:  Small, friendly bed and breakfast near Fort William Town Centre - quite near Bus and Railway Stations.Full Scottish Breakfast or Vegetarian available. Fort William is an ideal centre for walking and climbing being situated at the foot of Ben Nevis (the highest mountain in...

  • Culacrick Guest House
    Old Banavie Road, Banavie, Fort William, PH33 7PZ
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    Culacrick is in an elevated position with superb views towards Ben Nevis.              We have three spacious bedrooms: One king-size bedroom which could also accommodate a third person with our fold down bed, a double room and one family room. The family room has a double bed and bunk beds,...

  • Gantocks Bed & Breakfast
    Achintore Road, Fort William, PH33 6RN
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    The Gantocks, a Visit Scotland 5 star B&B, is spectacularly situated overlooking Loch Linnhe and the Ardgour hills. A Panorama bathed in ever changing light. We offer three gorgeous en-suite rooms with sumptuous super king beds on the ground floor, and each one individually...

  • Inverlochy Castle Hotel & Restaurant
    Torlundy, Fort William, PH33 6SN
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    Stay at one of the best Scottish Castle Hotels in the Highlands.  Nestling in the foothills of the mighty Ben Nevis, Inverlochy Castle sits amidst some of Scotland's finest scenery. Inverlochy was built in 1863 by the first Lord Abinger, 2 miles from the site of the original 13th century...

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