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Cycle and bike hire in Fort William

Did you know you can hire mountain bikes and bicyles in and around Fort William? This page has lots of information about cycling in the area and of course, where you can hire bikes

Fort William and Lochaber is a great place to bring your bikes or hire some when you arrive. Apart from being a healthy sport and a good way to get around, cycling in the forests amongst the mountains and lochs is quite superb.

The Great Glen Cycle Route goes from Fort William to Inverness and is becoming more popular each year. The southern end of the route begins at Fort William and follows the Caledonian Canal route north. The local Forestry have provided hundreds of miles of safe and well maintained forest tracks to enjoy. These are well away from busy and noisy roads and you are guaranteed to see lots of wildlife - not to mention the great view.

Around Fort William there are lots of routes for safe family cycling, and at Ballachulish, there's a most excellent tarred cycle route all the way to Oban!

Several local companies provide a cycle hire service to visitors and these include all the safety gear and maps needed. We recommend our local cycle shop Nevis Cycles for bike hire and cycling assessories.

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Great Glen Holidays
Great Glen Holidays is a wonderful place to stay in one of our  comfortable self catering lodges on our working highland farm at Torlundy.  We enjoy a very quiet and relaxing location just outside Fort William as well as being the nearest self catering for Nevis Range skiing and great mountain biking. Including the famous downhill world champion track. Self Catering Lodges There are 6 Scandinavian lodges situated in natural woodland. These 2 bedroomed timber lodges sleeping 4 in one double and one twin bedroom are excellent self catering in Fort William. The spacious living/dining room has colour TV, DVD and is furnished along Scandinavian lines and all have new fully equipped kitchens.  The bedrooms are equipped with continental quilts and linen is provided. Relax on your balcony and watch a variety of birds feeding from the rail. Car parking is beside each chalet and there is a communal launderette for your convenience. Our self catering lodges are on a working farm running along the River Lochy.  We have Highland cows, Hebridean and Cheviot sheep as well as Highland ponies.  We can accommodate other peoples' horses and there are wonderful rides about the farm.  It is also possible to hire one of our very safe ponies. Fly fishing is also available near the lodges and equipment can be hired.  We can provide 2 bikes if required.  All in all a great place for a highland experience. On the farm there are walks beside the River Lochy (3 miles of river bank) or up onto Tomacharich hill with views down Loch Linnhe. If you are a canoeist you are welcome to launch from our bank to do a section of the river. For fly fishermen we have three small lakes that are stocked with rainbow trout. The lakes are a short walk from the lodges, rod hire and fly fishing instruction are available.  There are fantastic mountain biking trails in Leanachan Forrest and all around the farm. Easy access to Fort William on the cycle path.
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Garmoran Square Self Catering Cottages
Garmoran Square offers the best of both worlds - a rural getaway amid spectacular west coast scenery but with contemporary city-chic on the accommodation front. Designed to the highest standard of luxury and awarded 5 stars from Visit Scotland for Tioram and Somerled cottages and 4 star for MacRuairi and Shiel cottages. All have a traditional-looking croft exterior that is sympathetic to its surroundings and gives lie to the luxurious, contemporary interiors. The properties sleep 2, 4, 6, and 6 people or up to 18 if taken as a whole – and every bedroom has an en suite bathroom or shower room. Situated in Mingarry, Moidart, close to Ardnamurchan, Garmoran Square is just 1 hour from Fort William and within easy reach of Mull, and Skye. The elegant cottages have stunning views across Loch Shiel to Ben Resipole. Each is unique and has been tastefully, decorated, with quality fixtures and fittings throughout — solid oak and slate floors. Fantastic 11.5ft ceilings and floor to ceiling windows frame the stunning scenery and wildlife. Tioram and Somerled have large lounges with separate kitchen / dining rooms. MacRuairi and Shiel have open plan kitchen / living/ dinning. With cloak rooms that double up as drying rooms. Bedrooms are either king size double or twin rooms excellent mattress and high quality cotton linen. Chopped wood is readily available for you to stoke up the fire and lovely Arran Aromatics in the bathroom set you up for a lovely spa bath! Maps, walking books and binoculars, are in the cottages for your use during your stay as well as a selection of non fiction books, games, and DVD’s. Hairdryers and alarm clocks in every bedroom. There is also a BBQ. Each cottage has its own deck area with outside garden furniture. The cottages sit in a well maintained garden that is fenced and gated. There is a storage shed for bikes etc. A welcome hamper of home baking, tea, ground coffee, sugar, milk and jam awaits your arrival. Whether you are in the highlands for the scenery, wildlife, outdoors, history or just a get away Garmoran Square can offer it all — a truly great holiday awaits you. Mingarry is situated in Moidart on the west coast of the Scottish Highlands, to the west of Fort William and north of the Isle of Mull. Moidart is best known as Bonnie Prince Charlie country as he arrived in Kinlochmoidart in August 1745 landing at Castle Tioram on route from France and set sail up Loch Shiel from Dalilea. Mingarry is a small crofting township. There are a number of public dwellings such as a church, which was erected by Hope Scott in 1862, as well as a mixture of traditional crofts, some private houses and the Clanranald Hotel. There is also a hotel, pub and restaurant offering great quality food using local produce. Medical centre can also be found in Acharacle.
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Chase The Wild Goose Hostel Fort William
A very warm welcome to Chase The Wild Goose Hostel. Located just a short distance from Fort William town centre, the hostel is an ideal base for climbing Ben Nevis, visiting the Nevis Range and riding the Jacobite Steam Train (aka Hogwarts Express). This is a fantastic hostel in Fort William, with friendly environment and beautiful surroundings. The hostel is located at Banavie, close to the Caledonian Canal with the Lochy Bar and Moorings Hotel just a stones throw away for meals and refrreshments after a long day on the hill or touring the Scottish Highlands. THE HOSTEL has 46 beds in a mix of double, twin, family and dormitory accommodation, providing for the needs of individuals, families, backpackers and small groups. Theres a small self-catering kitchen should you want to cook your own meals, but you can buy a fantastic 'All-you-can-eat-anytime' continental breakfast for just a few pounds. You can eat it any time, even before you go to bed. Being a little out of town we hope to offer a better nights sleep before your energetic day on the hills than perhaps you might receive in a town centre establishment. OUR GUESTS - The hostel is also a popular stop-over for enthusiasts on the 3-peaks challenge, walkers of the Great Glen Way and West Highland Way and caters for visitors to the Mountain Bike challenges nearby, water sports enthusiasts and can even organise a mountain guide to take you up Ben Nevis. BEN NEVIS - To top all this, the area is renowned for having the best views of Ben Nevis. 'HOGWARTS EXPRESS' - If you are less energetic, visit Neptunes Staircase or ride the famous Jacobite steam train featured in the Harry Potter films, as the 'Hogwarts Express'. Come and experience this amazing place...! Our testimonials show us to be one of the best hostels near Ben Nevis. Please visit our website for more comprehensive information or to book.
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Onich Hotel and Gardens near Glencoe
The Onich Hotel is family run and provides quality bed & breakfast accommodation near Glencoe, with lunch and evening meals served in either lounge bars. You can also try our new Seafood restaurant 'Meas Na Mara' with beautiful views across Loch Linnhe ideal place to enjoy locally fresh sourced seafood in the West Highlands. Superbly located on the shores of Loch Linnhe on the west coast of the Scottish Highlands. Near Glencoe, south of Fort William and North of Oban there is lots to see and do and it's a perfect base for exploring all the scenic lochs and hidden glens nearby. Whether it’s relaxation, adventure, functions or conferences you’re looking for, The Onich Hotel and Lochside Gardens is not only the Hotel for all Seasons, it is also the Hotel for all Occasions, and that perfect setting for a Highland wedding. We also provide a mooring facility in our bay for the visiting yachts and cruisers. We offer a variety of traditional bar fare Menu supplemented with daily specials, and we also offer our new seafood restaurant 'Meas Na Mara'. This may be served in our cosy bar by the fireside, the sun-lounge or even outdoors on the terrace. Additionally, we can offer larger parties a mouth-watering dinner in our restaurant whilst enjoying the views over the loch and gardens. Complement your meal with our local ales or choose from our comprehensive wine selection. The personal touch of our friendly staff serves to enhance our high standards resulting in our guests returning on a regular basis.
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