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Attractions and Museums around Fort William & Lochaber

Visitor attractions and leisure activities in Fort William include a whisky distillery, a museum, a geological gem centre, Inverlochy Castle Ruin and the Caledonian Canal

Fort William and Lochaber has a good number of museums, visitor centres and leisure and fitness centres.

The West Highland Museum is located in Fort William town centre and is an excellent resource of our local history and particularly about the Jacobites. Other museums worth visiting are The Clan Cameron Museum at Achnacarry, The Commando Museum, The Glencoe Folk Museum in Glencoe village; Land and Sea Centre at Arisaig, and the West Highland Line Museum at Glenfinnan Station.

Visitor centres in the area include Treasures of the Earth at Corpach, an amazing collection geological specimens, NTS Glencoe and NTS Glenfinnan; Inverlochy Castle Ruin; The Aluminium Story in Kinlochleven, the Jim Lesley Camera Collection at Torlundy Auction Mart, Ardnamurchan Natural History Centre and of course The Ben Nevis Distillery and Visitor Centre in Fort William.

For indoor leisure and exercise, The Lochaber Leisure Centre has a swimming pool, squash courts and fitness room, The Ben Nevis Hotel has its own swimming pool, sauna, steam-room and gymnasium which is open to guests and visitors. The Nevis Centre offers 10 Pin Bowling and regular activities and events. Lochaber High Schools sports facilities are also available to members of the public after school hours.

Our outdoor attractions are numerous and located all over Lochaber. Nevis Range is Fort William's premier outdoor visitor centre located 5 miles north of our Highland town, below Aonach Mor. Nevis Range began life as a winter ski centre and has developed into an all year round outdoor visitor attraction with mountain bike paths and trails, rope climbing activities, cafes and mountain shop not forgetting the superb mountain gondola ride which leads to scenic walks with fabulous views. We have mentioned a few of these in this section of our website, but there are many others to discover from the Area Guide section. The walk along Caol beach for example is a very scenic walk and introduces the Caledonian Canal as one of the main features in the landscape.

For other great walks around Fort William browse our Ben Nevis Guide section where you'll find information about the Glen Nevis Lower Falls, Steall Falls and Dundeardill, an Iron Age vitrified stone fort which has amazing views.



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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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Highwinds Self Catering Fort William
Highwinds is a lovely, substantial self catering detached house, as cosy for two as it is ideal for larger groups of up to ten with it's two lounges and large kitchen. It's ideal self catering in Fort William for one or two families and is set in a picturesque half acre garden where you can enjoy outstanding views to the North Face of Ben Nevis and the Nevis Range, the facilities are designed to ensure you have a relaxing break. Highwinds is set in Torlundy just 3 miles from Fort William, the outdoor capital of the U.K. Fort William has a good variety of shops, pubs and restaurants. This is a fabulous area for Walking, Climbing, Salmon fishing on the River Lochy from April-October with Ben Nevis as the backdrop is there a more idilic highland scene, Trout fishing nearby, pony trekking, mountain biking on the world championship course. Fort William 18 Hole Golf Course is under a mile away, a great day can be had at The Ice Factor which has the largest indoor ice wall in the world, sailing, canoeing and skiing at the Nevis Range in winter. It is also a great base for touring this beautiful area, walk and climb in dramatic Glencoe,explore nearby Glen Nevis with its Waterfalls, ride the gondola up Aonach Mor and have a coffee with out of this world views, or take the challenge and climb Ben Nevis ,drive to Loch Ness for a spot of Nessie hunting and visit Urquhart Castle, travel to Mallaig on the Jacobite steam train as featured in the Harry Potter films, take a boat to Skye, stroll on the white sands of Morar, have a cruise on Loch Linnhe or go to lovely Oban and visit the seal sanctuary on the way. There's so much to see and do for all the family ,there is amazing wildlife such as deer and a great variety of birds right on the doorstep, or just simply relax and take in the scenic beauty of this area with its majestic Lochs and Glens. Whatever you decide to do you can't fail to enjoy the Scottish hospitality, ideal in summer and in winter, Highwinds is the perfect place for your Highland self catering holiday. To check availability, please use the form below, or visit our website for more information. All bedding is provided, but not towels.
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