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Fort William Guide

Fort William online guide - a guide to the Fort William area including where to stay, where to eat, whats on and of course Ben Nevis info

Fort William and Glen Nevis is a comparatively small rural community. We just happen to be located at the foot of the highest mountain in the UK. This section of the Fort William guide website offers an insight into our community and how you can easily get about and visit different villages.
 
 When the railway came to town in 1890 many Victorian travellers visited the Highlands for the first time - some even arrived by paddle-steamer and went on to cruise along The Caledonian Canal and then into Loch Ness at Fort Augustus. Ben Nevis has been the main source of attraction ever since. The surrounding area is very beautiful with mountains and glens, forests, sea lochs and of course - the Caledonian Canal. All these features provide a vast resource of outdoor recreational activity opportunities.

View our interactive map to see locations around Fort William

The Fort that later became known as Fort William was constructed in 1654 but, apart from fairly minor though bloody skirmishes, was not threatened until the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745. The aftermath of Bonnie Prince Charlies defeat at Culloden changed the Highlands for ever. Later, Telford's Caledonian Canal was opened to merchant shipping in 1822 which also developed tourism travel for the Victorians. In 1926 The Britsh Aluminium Company opened a smelter to produce aluminium using hydro-power for the process. This brought people to work in Fort William. Later, in the 1960s and 70s paper processing, forestry and fish-farming helped to develop Fort William's population and economy.
 
Fort William and Glen Nevis also lie on a geological fault line which makes the topography so interesting and stunning. Fort William is located at the southern end of The Great Glen, where the sea meets the Rivers Nevis and Lochy.
The links on the left hopefully will help provide a clear picture of life in and around Fort William and Glen Nevis. More history info can be found in the History & Culture section.

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Garmoran Square offers the best of both worlds - a rural getaway amid spectacular west coast scenery but with contemporary city-chic on the accommodation front. Designed to the highest standard of luxury and awarded 5 stars from Visit Scotland for Tioram and Somerled cottages and 4 star for MacRuairi and Shiel cottages. All have a traditional-looking croft exterior that is sympathetic to its surroundings and gives lie to the luxurious, contemporary interiors. The properties sleep 2, 4, 6, and 6 people or up to 18 if taken as a whole – and every bedroom has an en suite bathroom or shower room. Situated in Mingarry, Moidart, close to Ardnamurchan, Garmoran Square is just 1 hour from Fort William and within easy reach of Mull, and Skye. The elegant cottages have stunning views across Loch Shiel to Ben Resipole. Each is unique and has been tastefully, decorated, with quality fixtures and fittings throughout — solid oak and slate floors. Fantastic 11.5ft ceilings and floor to ceiling windows frame the stunning scenery and wildlife. Tioram and Somerled have large lounges with separate kitchen / dining rooms. MacRuairi and Shiel have open plan kitchen / living/ dinning. With cloak rooms that double up as drying rooms. Bedrooms are either king size double or twin rooms excellent mattress and high quality cotton linen. Chopped wood is readily available for you to stoke up the fire and lovely Arran Aromatics in the bathroom set you up for a lovely spa bath! Maps, walking books and binoculars, are in the cottages for your use during your stay as well as a selection of non fiction books, games, and DVD’s. Hairdryers and alarm clocks in every bedroom. There is also a BBQ. Each cottage has its own deck area with outside garden furniture. The cottages sit in a well maintained garden that is fenced and gated. There is a storage shed for bikes etc. A welcome hamper of home baking, tea, ground coffee, sugar, milk and jam awaits your arrival. Whether you are in the highlands for the scenery, wildlife, outdoors, history or just a get away Garmoran Square can offer it all — a truly great holiday awaits you. Mingarry is situated in Moidart on the west coast of the Scottish Highlands, to the west of Fort William and north of the Isle of Mull. Moidart is best known as Bonnie Prince Charlie country as he arrived in Kinlochmoidart in August 1745 landing at Castle Tioram on route from France and set sail up Loch Shiel from Dalilea. Mingarry is a small crofting township. There are a number of public dwellings such as a church, which was erected by Hope Scott in 1862, as well as a mixture of traditional crofts, some private houses and the Clanranald Hotel. There is also a hotel, pub and restaurant offering great quality food using local produce. Medical centre can also be found in Acharacle.
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Sheperd's Cottage
Sheperd's Cottage, Achintee Farm is situated amongst the mountain splendour of Glen Nevis, at the very foot of Ben Nevis yet only 2km. from Fort William. There is plenty of walking right from your front door, either on the hills or along the riverbanks of the Nevis. Perfect location for climbing Ben Nevis. Hiding in the trees within its own fenced garden, the 18th century stone self catering cottage has a particularly traditional atmosphere about it including a real open fire.... a special holiday for two. In the cottage there is one bedroom with a king-sized bed, a lounge/kitchen with open fire and a bathroom including a shower over the bath. Oil filled radiators are in each room keeping the cottage warm and cosy. We do not take pets. Electricity, linen and towels, and fuel for the fire are included in the price. There is free wifi access at the main farm house as well as good drying rooms. As the cottage has no washing machine we do any laundry you may have free of charge at the farm house. Across the drive from the cottage the old stone barn has been converted into a licensed restaurant and climbers' bar - Ben Nevis Inn. Achintee is also centrally located for days trips to for example: Loch Ness, the Isle of Skye, and the white sandy beaches at Morar. Take the steam train to Mallaig, a boat trip to Seal island or a cable car ride at Aonach Mor. We have lived in Glen Nevis for many years and are glad to share our local knowledge if you need any advice or guidance. We also have a Bed and Breakfast and a Hostel at Achintee Farm.
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Schoolhouse Cottage
The flexibility of a whole cottage, with gorgeous views and brilliantly located for exploring the highlands. The Cottage The cottage is light, bright and warm with views of Loch Linnhe, Glencoe and the mountains beyond. The spacious living room has a vaulted ceiling and leads on to an open plan kitchen and dining area. The bedroom has a king-size bed with a memory foam mattress and fitted wardrobes. There is also the option to add a fold-down single bed in the living room. The whole cottage is decorated in restful, neutral colours.Surrounding the cottage are beautiful gardens with an outdoor seating area. Across the road, a path leads on to a secluded beach where you can enjoy a picnic and watch the sea life.Free Wi-Fi is provided, along with a TV/DVD player, a fully equipped kitchen and an attached laundry room. Available for a three night minimum, the cottage offers flexible accommodation for up to three people. We can provide a cot and high chair for wee ones. Dogs  are welcome at no additional charge, by prior agreement. Guest Access The cottage is exclusively yours for the duration of your stay and has its own front and back doors, ensuring private access. Interaction with Guests Chris and Sarah are the owners of the cottage and live next door in "Tigh Sgoile", which is Gaelic for "School House" and was the former village school. Living next door means that we are on hand in case you have any queries. We would also be delighted to give you recommendations about places to visit and local pubs and walks. The Neighbourhood The Onich Hotel is in walking distance and has a nice bar with an open fire. Dogs are welcome there. The restaurant has beautiful views over the loch and there is regular live music. There are many other nice places to eat nearby including the Loch Leven hotel and the Laroch restaurant and bar in Ballachulish. For seafood, you could try the Loch Leven Seafood Café.As the Outdoor Capital of the UK, the region of Lochaber is fantastic for all kinds of outdoor activities including hiking, sailing, skiing, ice-climbing and cycling. The ski resorts of Glencoe and the Nevis ranges are about 25 minutes' drive away and are open all year round for skiers and hikers. Boat trips to visit the islands and spot wildlife depart from Loch Leven and Loch Linnhe. A thirty mile radius from the cottage takes in Ben Nevis, the mountains of Glencoe, the world's largest indoor ice-climbing wall, the Seal Sanctuary near Oban, Glenfinnan where Bonnie Prince Charlie gathered the clans in 1745 and the famous Harry Potter viaduct .... to name but a few. Getting Around School House cottage is on the bus routes from Fort William to Glasgow and Oban. It is also on the Oban to Fort William cycle path. Other Things to Note Access is very easy and there is ample car parking.Check-in is after 4PM One dog is welcome by prior arrangement. The cottage is non smoking.
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