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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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Minard Cottage
We have 2 holiday cottages in iconic Glencoe: ​ Minard Cottage. Sleeps 6-8 Adults and 1-3 Juniors.  The Bunkie Chalet. Sleeps 2 Adults and 1-2 Juniors.  ​ Based in stunning Glencoe, our holiday cottages are in Scotland's most iconic glen and the perfect base for exploring the West Highlands of Scotland.    Minard cottage is the perfect holiday home in the Highlands of Scotland. Located in Tigh Phuirt, Glencoe the cottage is an ideal base for a self catering break in Scotland. Few locations rival the West Highlands of Scotland for scenery, history and culture and Glencoe is perhaps the most beautiful and iconic glen of them all.  ​ The original cottage dates back to the 18th century and sits above the old ferry crossing point for the MacDonald burial islands in Loch Leven. The cottage gets its name from the village of Minard on the shores of Loch Fyne in Argyll.  ​ Glencoe is the perfect base to explore the Highlands of Scotland. Oban (the seafood capital of Scotland is about 45 mins to the south). From Oban, day trips can be made to the Isle of Mull, Iona, Lismore and beyond. Fort William (the outdoor capital of the UK is about 30 mins to the north) and a continued drive to Mallaig, on the world famous Road to the Isles, takes in some of the most breathtaking scenery anywhere in the world.  ​ Glencoe Ski Centre is about 15mins drive away and it is easy to be first on the slopes. The world famous mountains of Glencoe are all within walking distance of the front door. Cycle paths surround the area giving challenging downhill mountain biking through to tarmac cycle lanes on the Atlantic Coast Trail.  ​ The immediate area is well served with convenience stores, banking facilities, garage, hardware, gift shops, bars and restaurants.  ​
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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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Craig Moray Cottage Glencoe
Glencoe Luxurious and elegant properties, in the beautiful valley of Glencoe. If it's water sports, mountain biking, hill climbing, skiing, or touring you want, this beautiful rugged glen has it all. Exclusively designed for couples seeking that special break away from the toils of daily living. Equally as elegant as our larger properties, but much more intimate. Quality furnishings and beautiful finishing touches give this property an air of luxury. Described as a property with personality CraigMoray is furnished to a superior standard and is lovingly maintained by the owners throughout. Glencoe is an ideal base for exploring the West Highlands, situated in a prime location for Munro bagging, climbing, skiing or just sampling the very best of what Scotland has to offer. If you are looking for quality, self catering accommodation in Glencoe, then make Craig Moray Cottage your first choice. Craig Moray Cottage is specially designed for the smaller party of 2 adults and one child/3rd adult Craig Moray Cottage: Exclusively designed for couples seeking that special break away from the toils of daily living. Equally as elegant as our larger properties, but much more intimate. Quality furnishings and beautiful finishing touches give this property an air of luxury. Described as a property with personality, Craig Moray is furnished to a superior standard and is lovingly maintained by the owners throughout. Glencoe is a great base for exploring the West Highlands, situated in a prime location for Munro bagging, climbing, skiing or just sampling the very best of what Scotland has to offer. If you are looking for quality, self catering accommodation in Glencoe, then make Craig Moray Cottage your first choice
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