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Hill Walking in the Fort William and Lochaber area

The Fort William area has some of the most amazing hills and mountain in the UK. From low-level to high-level there's are hundreds of walking routes

Hill walking and low-level walks are extremely popular in the Lochaber area - hardly surprising when you realise how good our local mountains are. Low and medium level hill walkers have lots of choice of routes with some walks only a few hours long and others are all-day walks. We recommend visiting Nevisport's bookshop in Fort William or The Highland Bookshop and picking up one or two walking books for references.

Fort William has a local walking group who go out most weeks and welcome new members.

Some of our advertisers offer guided walking and these are a good way to get more confidence and experience of some higher, but still mostly walking routes. If you are looking for a couple of suggestions, then we recommend the walk in Glen Nevis through to Steall Falls, and a hike up to the CIC hut on Ben Nevis from the North Face carpark in Leannachan Forest, Torlundy - there's a really good path through the forest which although starts out quite steep, soon levels off and opens up to great views of Fort William and of course The Ben.

There is so much information about walking in this area, we are reviewing how to present this to you. Essentially, local outdoor shops sell a variety of walking and guide books about the Lochaber area, and this is a good source of information.

In Fort William there are walks around the villages, along the shore of Loch Linnhe and the Caledonain Canal banks. Cow Hill is a small hill at the back of Fort William which has some well-developed tracks suitable for walkers and mountain bikes, and these provide great views of the Fort William and Glen Nevis area.

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Self catering accommodation situated at Nevis Bridge, Glen Nevis, Fort William.  Nevis Croft Cottages are situated near Nevis Bridge - just half a mile from Fort William town centre and at the entrance to the stunning Glen Nevis and at the original end of the West Highland Way. Our cottages are finished to a high standard and are fully equipped for a comfortable stay. We have two cottages which each sleep four (1 double and 1 twin in each), and one cottage which sleeps up to seven (2 double, 1 twin and a single). Nevis Croft is perfectly situated for your winter break - skiing, climbing and walking all within easy reach. Nevis Croft is also ideally located for exploring the Highlands and West Coast. Day trips to Oban, Glencoe, Inverness, Aviemore, Loch Ness, Mull  and even Skye are possible. The cottages have full oil central heating and both the heating and electricity are included in the weekly rental as are all linen and towels. The cottages also have free wifi. Bookings are generally Saturday-Saturday, but other short breaks (minimum stay 2 nights) are often available, especially in winter. Please enquire. The best of furnishings and fittings - including large TV, Freeview and DVD players, modern kitchen appliances, tasteful shower rooms all add to the very comfortable ambiance of these cottages. There is ample off-road parking available at the cottages. Travel cots and high chairs available on request. The cottages are non-smoking and we regret that pets are not permitted. On parle francais - wir sprechen Deutsch Tariff 2 Bedroom Cottages from £350 - £750 4 Bedroom Cottage from £495 - £995 Bars and restaurants are within walking distance as is beautiful Glen Nevis, where you could easily spend two whole days exploring this wonderful Glen. The whole area of Lochaber provides a playground for walking, climbing, skiing, kayaking and cycling with dozens of other sports to try in what is now known as The Outdoor Capital of the UK.
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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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