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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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