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About Highland Games

Highland games are where feats of strength and agility which were practised in the Highlands are demonstrated for visitors and locals.

The first Highland Games are thought to have taken place in Scotland and elsewhere in the world around 1820.  They were supported by George IV and encouraged in part by the romantic revival of tartan and all things Highland by Sir Walter Scott. 

One of the first documented games was held in Invergarry in the 1820's and included, amongst other things, dancing, piping, tossing the hammer and twisting the four legs from a cow for which the prize was a fat sheep.  Royal association with Highland Games began with Queen Victoria's attendance at the Braemar Gathering in 1848 from which there is no record of any poor cows being torn apart. 

You will find Highland Games in many towns and villages throughout Scotland during the months of July - September.

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Torlundy House
Torlundy House is a family run Guest House located in the rural settlement of Torlundy some 3 miles (5 kilometres) from Fort William in the Highlands of Scotland. Your hosts, Michael and Maxean, have been providing B&B for 19 years in Torlundy. At this time we want to assure our guests that we have implemented enhanced cleaning and sanitisation procedures and as a result been certified as "Good to Go" under the UK wide scheme to reassure guests we are doing all we can to mitigate risk and prevent COVOD-19 entering our business and home. You can find full details of the action we are taking on our own website, or if you want to discuss anything further please telephone or email us. We have lived in Torlundy for nearly 20 years now so are very conversant with the area. We welcome you to our home nestling among Britain's highest mountains (a short distance away from Ben Nevis) and most spectacular scenery. Be prepared to spend more than a day here as there is so much to do and see no matter what weather we are having, and you will not tire of the people, culture or scenery. Many of our guests say that they wished they had stayed more than a couple of nights at our Guest House because they missed so many sights. Others return year after year and still find something new each visit. We are proud to be distinctly different to hotels, many of our guests prefer the more personal and relaxed atmosphere and genuine hospitality in a "home from home" without the formality and impersonal atmosphere many hotels have and you can expect some touches rarely found in hotels that we hope make you feel there is little else we could do for you. Perhaps the only thing you might miss is room service, but then with all there is to do why would you be in your room except to get a good night's sleep? VisitScotland have awarded Torlundy House 4 Star Gold Guest House status under their Quality Assurance Scheme and our breakfast menu holds the "Taste Our Best" award for it's use of locally produced and Scottish foods. Torlundy House has 3 double (king beds) ensuite rooms and a twin bed ensuite room. We can accommodate young adults over the age of 16 years. You can expect a warm Highland welcome, a comfortable home from home and a full Scottish Breakfast, using as many locally produced items as we can, to set you up for the day, whatever you are doing. Please tell us if you have any special dietary requirement so we can get some extra things in for you. We have free complimentary WiFi internet access throughout all resident's areas. *Torlundy House is a non smoking and non vaping house* We can also offer secure cycle storage and hard standings for motorcycles, and of course ample parking for cars.
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The Willows Guest House, Fort William
The Willows is a 3 star family run Bed & Breakfast situated by the shores of Loch Linnhe with views of the Ardgour hills.  Located close to Fort William town centre it is approximately a 10 - 15 minute pleasant stroll along the gardens of Loch Linnhe to the restaurants, bars and shops.   We offer three rooms and can accommodate a maximum of nine guests, a quadruple family room, a triple family room and one double room.   Please note that our rooms do not have the capacity for extra beds and we cannot allow over occupancy, this includes children or infants even with their own cots.  Each room has an en-suite shower room with fluffy white towels and complementary toiletries, tea/coffee making facilities, flat-screen smart TV, DVD player with USB port, silent mini fridge, hairdryer and free Wi-Fi. We have a full fire alarm system and fire certificate and are a non-smoking property for the comfort of all our guests, however you can smoke outside on the balcony and cigarette bins are provided. We have a large, easily accessible car park at the front of the property, motorbikes can be parked at the side of the house if preferred and bicycles can be stored in the garage. We accept all major credit/debit cards, paypal or cash.  A valid credit/debit card is required to guarantee the booking, no deposit will be charged, however, full payment for your booking will be charged to your card up to 7 days prior to the day of arrival. For availability and prices Please check our website:  www.thewillowsfortwilliam.co.uk   or contact us at:  [email protected] or call us on:   01397 705122.
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