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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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Cedar Lodge Cottage
Cedar Lodge is one of the closest self catering places to Fort William's downhill mountain biking tracks and winter skiing/snowboarding at Nevis Range. We are also within 10 minutes of the Ben Nevis North Face car park, and 15 minutes from the Glen Nevis Visitor Centre where most people begin their walk up the mountain footpath on Ben Nevis. Facilities Cedar Lodge offers two ensuite bedrooms, a fully fitted kitchen, washing machine/dryer, dining area and cosy TV room. You can let it for a short break - 2 or 3 days or a full week. We provide cleaning materials, kitchen rolls, toiletries and almost everything you might need during your stay. Other facilities We have lots of private parking and additional storage space for outdoor equipment. We provide WiFi internet access.  Our views of Ben Nevis and the Nevis Range of mountains is probably the best in the area - it's awesome. There is a cycle path nearby which you can ride or walk into the town centre. Our garden deck is a great place to relax and soak up the scenery. For full details of our current short-break offers, please visit our Cedar Lodge website link below.  This very cosy self catering holiday home is well maintained and comes with everything you will need during your stay. Our prices are all inclusive of electricity, heating, towels and bed linen, with nothing else to pay. Cedar Lodge is great place to base yourself for a week of exploring the west Highlands at any time throughout the year. For more details and photos please visit our website. Or, you can check availability using the form on this page or visit our website. We have a hot tub which can be made available to you during your stay. Visit our website for more details.
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