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Christmas holidays in Fort William and Glen Nevis

Christmas in the Highlands is a good time of year - there are many places to choose from in Glencoe and Fort William.

Christmas is a good time of year to visit the Fort William and Lochaber area. The roads are not busy and if the weather is reasonable, there are lots of low-level walks to do, cycling is perfectly possible - especially in the forests, and of course you can just relax and enjoy a good film in your self catering accommodation or hotel. The mountain tops are likely to be snow-clad and so our scenery will be very picturesque if the weather is settled.

The businesses below may be open for Christmas and may still have availability, so give them a ring or drop them an email. Visit their website for more details. Also, please check all accommodation options as not everyone updates their listings.

Snow is not guaranteed at Christmas in Fort William but if the weather has been cold for a week or so prior to Christmas, then the mountains could have lots of snow on them, and Nevis Range will be open for winter visitors subject to weather. You can watch the daily images on our Ben Nevis WebCam which looks over to Ben Nevis and Aonach Mor.

If the weather is mild you'll still be able to enjoy a trip on the mountain Gondola and enjoy a coffee in the mountain restaurant. There are pleasant walks in and around Glen Nevis, along the banks of Caledonian Canal and miles of quiet forest roads. There are some cosy pubs in town and for the adventurous, getting wet and cold is the same at any time of the year, so come and have fun in the Outdoor Capital - but be sensible and take care too.

Travelling by road to the Highlands in the winter months is mostly straight forward. However, when it is cold, hard frosts can make the roads slippy and therefore care should be taken. When it does snow, strong side winds can cause the snow to drift onto the roads. You can phone Police Scotland for road conditions in Glencoe or call the RAC and AA before you begin your journey. The businesses below are open for business over Christmas and those providing accommodation may still have vacancies for you to consider...

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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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