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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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Cedar Lodge Cottage
Cedar Lodge is one of the closest self catering places to Fort William's downhill mountain biking tracks and winter skiing/snowboarding at Nevis Range. We are also within 10 minutes of the Ben Nevis North Face car park, and 15 minutes from the Glen Nevis Visitor Centre where most people begin their walk up the mountain footpath on Ben Nevis. Facilities Cedar Lodge offers two ensuite bedrooms, a fully fitted kitchen, washing machine/dryer, dining area and cosy TV room. You can let it for a short break - 2 or 3 days or a full week. We provide cleaning materials, kitchen rolls, toiletries and almost everything you might need during your stay. Other facilities We have lots of private parking and additional storage space for outdoor equipment. We provide WiFi internet access.  Our views of Ben Nevis and the Nevis Range of mountains is probably the best in the area - it's awesome. There is a cycle path nearby which you can ride or walk into the town centre. Our garden deck is a great place to relax and soak up the scenery. For full details of our current short-break offers, please visit our Cedar Lodge website link below.  This very cosy self catering holiday home is well maintained and comes with everything you will need during your stay. Our prices are all inclusive of electricity, heating, towels and bed linen, with nothing else to pay. Cedar Lodge is great place to base yourself for a week of exploring the west Highlands at any time throughout the year. For more details and photos please visit our website. Or, you can check availability using the form on this page or visit our website. We have a hot tub which can be made available to you during your stay. Visit our website for more details.
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