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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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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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The Hayloft
The Hayloft at Lochyside is positioned to one side of our lovely, quiet garden with views towards Ben Nevis and has everything you need to enjoy your visit to the Fort William area. The property is tastefully designed in the upper floor of a self-contained building with an open plan kitchen-diner and lounge, a double bedroom and bathroom that has a bath with shower. Fort William is a 10 minute drive away and a cycle track passes nearby. Lochyside is adjacent to the River Lochy and close to the village of Caol which has a range of shops and a supermarket within walking distance. Re-opened with new owners in May 2017 so we currently have good availability - contact us soon! Guests at The Hayloft have exclusive use of the rear garden that is viewed from the covered decked area at the apartment entrance. The well tended, sheltered garden has mature shrubs and plants and benefits from the sun most of the day. Private parking is provided. Also close by and a short drive or easy walk, is historical Old Inverlochy Castle, Neptune's Staircase on the Caledonian Canal and Ben Nevis Distillery. The cycle route that passes by heads towards the Caledonian Canal and onward to Corpach or North, following the canal to Gairlochy and beyond. In the other direction from The Hayloft the route crosses the River Lochy and heads towards Fort William or Nevis Range We have Wifi, free parking and all heating, electricity, towels and bedding are included. Central heating is provided by an oil fired boiler and a feature-fire with a boost function is in the lounge area.   A UHD Television with Netflix is installed and free Wifi is provided.   The kitchen has a cooker with double oven, microwave, kettle, toaster and all cutlery, crockery and glassware. A fridge with freezer compartment and washing machine is installed.
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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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