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Autumn & Winter Activities in and around Fort William

The Fort William area is alive and kicking during the Autumn and Winter months. We have lots to offer for a relaxing short break, or activity break.

Autumn and winter in the Fort William area is often a magical time of year. Our forested glens are changing colour in all their splendour, then when the temperature drops and the mountains are covered in snow, the scenery changes again. Look out for high-pressure over the West Highlands when the weather here can be superb, with bright frosty mornings and awesome winter sunsets.

If winter climbing or ice climbing is something you would like to try, our outdoor mountain guides are here to offer a variety of climbing experiences.

Nevis Range is open in time for Christmas and a gondola ride to their mountain restaurant is a really good activity - take your camera or video cos the views can be stunning - especially in the middle of the afternoon as the sun is setting...

After a busy summer lots of B&Bs, guesthouses and some hotels usually take a long break but there always good place to stay like self catering and of course our restaurants and pubs are here to welcome you and to help you make the most of your visit to Fort William and Lochaber, the outdoor capital of the UK.

During 2020 it is uncertain how quickly everyone will get back to what we know as normal. However, it is likely that most businesses in and around Fort William will be open for business should circumstance allow. Having an Autumn or Winter break in the Highlands could just be what you are waiting for.

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Rose Cottage
This little flat, which is part of the owners home, is perfect for a couple. The flat is self contained. All the accommodation is at ground level with access to a small private garden. Seats and table, herbs and cottage garden plants. Enjoy this sheltered spot with views of Ben Nevis. On a clear night sit out and take in the night sky. Main access to flat from the garden by the French doors. It provides one double bedroom, living room/kitchen with French doors. The shower-room, small and tall with power-shower and a pulley for drying clothes. The kitchen is well equipped. Has a gas hob, electric oven and grill. Fridge with ice box. Lots of lovely crockery and utensils. All linen, including towels, is included. Also all heating, underfloor, works like a big storage heater. Washing machine. Off road parking for 2 cars A welcome pack of fresh flowers, tea, coffee etc and home baking. Have a cuppa before you unpack. There are maps and guides, natural history books and novels. Games and puzzles. D.V.D's and C.D's Near town and trails.Easy walking or cycling from the front door. Ben Nevis and Nevis Range for climbing and skiing are both nearby. Cycle the World Cup Downhill course and the Witches Trail. Take the service or steam train to Mallaig, hire canoes on the Canal, drive off to Ardnamurchan or Glencoe; visit the West Highland Museum; go horse riding and fly fishing 5 minutes walk. Ben Nevis is waiting to be climbed - or just relax and read your book. We are happy to help you plan outings, find a nice cup of coffee or a secluded beach. The accommodation is smart and practical with exposed stone, wooden beams, blue kitchen, painted floors. Dogs are welcome but please discuss with owners when booking. No Smoking and No Fireworks or Chinese lanterns please. Please telephone or email to check availability
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Garmoran Square Self Catering Cottages
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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Nevis Croft Self Catering Cottages
Self catering accommodation situated at Nevis Bridge, Glen Nevis, Fort William.  Nevis Croft Cottages are situated near Nevis Bridge - just half a mile from Fort William town centre and at the entrance to the stunning Glen Nevis and at the original end of the West Highland Way. Our cottages are finished to a high standard and are fully equipped for a comfortable stay. We have two cottages which each sleep four (1 double and 1 twin in each), and one cottage which sleeps up to seven (2 double, 1 twin and a single). Nevis Croft is perfectly situated for your winter break - skiing, climbing and walking all within easy reach. Nevis Croft is also ideally located for exploring the Highlands and West Coast. Day trips to Oban, Glencoe, Inverness, Aviemore, Loch Ness, Mull  and even Skye are possible. The cottages have full oil central heating and both the heating and electricity are included in the weekly rental as are all linen and towels. The cottages also have free wifi. Bookings are generally Saturday-Saturday, but other short breaks (minimum stay 2 nights) are often available, especially in winter. Please enquire. The best of furnishings and fittings - including large TV, Freeview and DVD players, modern kitchen appliances, tasteful shower rooms all add to the very comfortable ambiance of these cottages. There is ample off-road parking available at the cottages. Travel cots and high chairs available on request. The cottages are non-smoking and we regret that pets are not permitted. On parle francais - wir sprechen Deutsch Tariff 2 Bedroom Cottages from £350 - £750 4 Bedroom Cottage from £495 - £995 Bars and restaurants are within walking distance as is beautiful Glen Nevis, where you could easily spend two whole days exploring this wonderful Glen. The whole area of Lochaber provides a playground for walking, climbing, skiing, kayaking and cycling with dozens of other sports to try in what is now known as The Outdoor Capital of the UK.
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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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