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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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Distant Hills Guest House, Spean Bridge
Situated just 9 miles outside of Fort William, our beautiful guest house offers 7 individually styled en-suite bedrooms, both double and twin. Each bedroom has quality linens and soft fluffy towels with complimentary luxury shower gels and shampoos as well as tea/coffee making facilities, a flat-screen tv and a hairdryer. There is free-wifi throughout the property and plenty of free off-road parking. Our delicious breakfasts are freshly made each morning by Cameron with locally sourced ingredients. You will have plenty of choice from cereals, fresh fruit, yogurt and porridge as well as three different choices of a hot cooked Scottish style breakfast.  A special feature at Distant Hills is our residents' bar stocked with a small selection of locally crafted beers, gins, whiskies, wines and soft drinks. You can truly relax and unwind in our bright and spacious lounge with large comfortable sofas or enjoy our beautiful secluded south-facing lawned garden with its own stream and small woodland. Spean Bridge, described as the 'Crossroads of the Highlands' is the perfect location for touring and sight-seeing. With so much to see and do in the area, Dani and Cameron can make some great recommendations for you. Below are just a few of the places that can be conveniently visited from Distant Hills: • Ben Nevis • The Commando Monument • Fort William • Monessie Gorge • Glenfinnan viaduct • Oban • Loch Ness • Skye • Mull • Aviemore Please note that we only accept children aged 12 and over. We do not accept pets. We apologise for any disappointment. Recent reviews published on Trip Advisor: 'Distant Hills gave me an amazing stay. Everything was of a high standard and the breakfast was something else. The owners couldn't do enough for us and helped us feel at home instantly. Definitely recommended.'  'We have just returned from 3 nights at Distant Hills Guest House and we can’t speak highly enough about our experience and we would recommend it to anybody. The location is stunning, surrounded by beautiful scenery and great walks to be done, and a gentle amble into the village. The rooms are really comfortable and decorated really nicely. Dani and Cam the hosts couldn’t be more welcoming and helpful, and they do a wonderful breakfast! Nothing is too much trouble for them and they are full of great suggestions and ideas of what to do in the area. We will definitely be visiting again!'
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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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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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Westcourt Bed and Breakfast
A Warm Welcome to Westcourt Bed & Breakfast. We hope that you enjoy our beautiful views overlooking Loch Linnhe, with the stunning shoreline, sea-birds, seals, otters, ducks and swans. Westcourt is a fabulous Bed and Breakfast in Fort William and an impressive property, which commands a prime location with stunning, un-interrupted views to the Ardgour hills and over Loch Linnhe with it’s colourful array of leisure, cruise and sailing boats.  Westcourt is only a five-minute leisurely walk along the waterfront, through the beautiful Achintore gardens to the centre of Fort William, which will take you to a variety of bars restaurants and shops. The Lochaber Yacht Club are also directly across from our comfortable B&B on the Fort waterfront, with their trees illuminated with alternating pastel coloured lighting, which adds to the ambience against the water.   Westcourt is regarded as Luxury accommodation and is furnished and presented to an Extremely High Standard in all regards, to make guests stay as pleasant as possible. At Westcourt we offer a mix of bedrooms, some with Loch side and mountain range views, generous sized rooms with King-Size beds, Double, Twin or Deluxe rooms both standard and superior. All rooms are en-suite, some with both Bath or SPA and all Power Showers of a high standard and most with twin sink units, Soft towels, Quality linen and Bespoke Quality toiletries are provided for Guests.   Each room has flat screen TV with Freeview television, Hospitality trays, Hair dryer, access to an iron on request, Free WI-FI throughout and onsite Guest Parking.           In the morning Breakfast is served in the tastefully decorated dining room that makes for a great spacious area to relax and enjoy your breakfast as you plan your day.  Breakfast is served by friendly staff with good local knowledge.                  Breakfast is available from 7.30 am – 9.00 am, or earlier on request if required.                           We offer you an individually presented breakfast in the morning – choose from light and healthy options, yogurts Fresh Fruit, Juices and Croissants, a range of Cereals, Continental Breakfast, a selection of Cold Meat and Cheese, Scrambled or Poached egg with Salmon or Kippers, or a Large cooked   ” Full Highland Breakfast”   that will set you up for the day. Coffee or Tea, with toast and a selection of Marmalad, Honey and Jams. Our breakfast are well complemented by our guest reviews that Westcourt receives.  Charles and Katarina look forward to welcoming you to Westcourt.    Bed & Breakfast from £45.00 - £75.00 per person per night - based on two people sharing one double room with king-sized bed and including breakfast.We are open all year.  Please use our online booking below to check availability, or if you have any special requirements, complete the enquiry form. We look forward to welcoming you to Fort William.
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Torlinnhe Guest House
Mark and Larisa would be delighted to welcome you to Torlinnhe, for an exceptional guest house experience in Fort William. Our guests’ comfort and enjoyment is our top priority! On arrival, relax a while after your journey, settle in our comfortable lounge and enjoy the spectacular views of Loch Linnhe and the mountains beyond for dinner and drinks.  In the morning you'll enjoy a delicious and substantial breakfast overlooking the loch.  You can choose a traditional Scottish cooked breakfast, or one of our other options. See our website for menus.  Your bedroom will have an en-suite shower room, tea/coffee making facilities, 26” digital television with Freeview, Netflix and a hairdryer. You will also have free wireless internet access, plenty of space to park your car, drying facilities if you need them and secure undercover storage for your cycle or motorbike. Whether you are visiting Fort William to climb Ben Nevis, enjoy a day on the Jacobite Steam Train or perhaps enjoy a day out touring, Torlinnhe is the perfect place for a relaxing stay during your visit to the Highlands. * Awarded 4 Star Guesthouse by VisitScotland * Just over a mile from the centre of Fort William * Six rooms - a triple, four double/twins and a single * Sorry, we cannot accept pets or children under 9. * We are a totally 'No Smoking' guest house * Organic Toiletries  * Open for dinner to residents * Picnic lunch offered to take away To check availability and make a booking, please enter your check in date and length of stay below then press the Search button.  We hope to see you soon!
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