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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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Schoolhouse Cottage
The flexibility of a whole cottage, with gorgeous views and brilliantly located for exploring the highlands. The Cottage The cottage is light, bright and warm with views of Loch Linnhe, Glencoe and the mountains beyond. The spacious living room has a vaulted ceiling and leads on to an open plan kitchen and dining area. The bedroom has a king-size bed with a memory foam mattress and fitted wardrobes. There is also the option to add a fold-down single bed in the living room. The whole cottage is decorated in restful, neutral colours.Surrounding the cottage are beautiful gardens with an outdoor seating area. Across the road, a path leads on to a secluded beach where you can enjoy a picnic and watch the sea life.Free Wi-Fi is provided, along with a TV/DVD player, a fully equipped kitchen and an attached laundry room. Available for a three night minimum, the cottage offers flexible accommodation for up to three people. We can provide a cot and high chair for wee ones. Dogs  are welcome at no additional charge, by prior agreement. Guest Access The cottage is exclusively yours for the duration of your stay and has its own front and back doors, ensuring private access. Interaction with Guests Chris and Sarah are the owners of the cottage and live next door in "Tigh Sgoile", which is Gaelic for "School House" and was the former village school. Living next door means that we are on hand in case you have any queries. We would also be delighted to give you recommendations about places to visit and local pubs and walks. The Neighbourhood The Onich Hotel is in walking distance and has a nice bar with an open fire. Dogs are welcome there. The restaurant has beautiful views over the loch and there is regular live music. There are many other nice places to eat nearby including the Loch Leven hotel and the Laroch restaurant and bar in Ballachulish. For seafood, you could try the Loch Leven Seafood Café.As the Outdoor Capital of the UK, the region of Lochaber is fantastic for all kinds of outdoor activities including hiking, sailing, skiing, ice-climbing and cycling. The ski resorts of Glencoe and the Nevis ranges are about 25 minutes' drive away and are open all year round for skiers and hikers. Boat trips to visit the islands and spot wildlife depart from Loch Leven and Loch Linnhe. A thirty mile radius from the cottage takes in Ben Nevis, the mountains of Glencoe, the world's largest indoor ice-climbing wall, the Seal Sanctuary near Oban, Glenfinnan where Bonnie Prince Charlie gathered the clans in 1745 and the famous Harry Potter viaduct .... to name but a few. Getting Around School House cottage is on the bus routes from Fort William to Glasgow and Oban. It is also on the Oban to Fort William cycle path. Other Things to Note Access is very easy and there is ample car parking.Check-in is after 4PM One dog is welcome by prior arrangement. The cottage is non smoking.
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Bunroy Park
Sheltered by woodland close to the River Spean, Bunroy Park Holiday Lodges nestle in the lovely valley of Glen Spean against the majestic backdrop of Aonach Mor. They offer peace and tranquillity in an idyllic setting yet are within easy reach of the amenities of Fort William and the attractions of the Highlands. They are comfortable, well-insulated, with heating and double-glazing for year round occupation, fully equipped with TV, DVD, cooker, fridge and microwave. The lodges all have fully fitted shower rooms or bathrooms. They also have drying rooms. We welcome dogs in some lodges and there are lovely riverside and woodland paths easily accessible from Bunroy. The village of Roy Bridge with a shop, post office, railway station and bus stop and two hotels serving good food is only a 10 minute walk away. The station is a stop on the West Highland Line, one of the Word’s Great Train journeys. For hill-walkers there are several Munros within easy reach, including Creag Meagaidh, which is also a National Nature Reserve. The Loch Ossian hills are a half-hour train ride away. The gondola at Nevis Range, 7 miles away, takes you 2000 feet up Aonach Mor for some excellent ski-ing in winter and year-round activities and stunning views for all to enjoy. There is good fishing in the area as well as pony-trekking and watersports. The lodges sleep 2 – 4 people and are priced from £210 - £490 per week. Short breaks also available outwith peak season - minimum 3 night stay. Please use the enquiry form below to check availability or to make a booking. Bunroy Park Caravan and Camping site is open from the end of March until the end of October. Tent pitching areas are on level, regularly mown grass, well sheltered by  surrounding woodlands. You can camp by the river, in the spacious main area or nearer to the shower block - it’s your choice. The hard standings for caravans & motorhomes all have electric hookups so you can take the available pitch of your choice close to the shower block or in the more open lower park. The camping site is open from around the end of March to around the end of October and booking is recommended at peak times, particularly for pitches with an electrical hook up. We also have 4 camping pods at Bunroy Park, which are equipped with camping beds, a microwave and electric kettle, table and chairs. BOOK ONLINE
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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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Ambrose Gillham
This is a large and comfortable apartment with great views in a very convenient quiet  location close to the town centre. It is ideal for a family group or group of friends for a relaxed break or to explore the Highlands of Scotland.The beautiful Cow Hill Circuit which gives access directly to Glen Nevis is a ten minute walk away. Fort William is a popular centre for climbing, walking, scrambling, canoeing, mountain-biking, skiing, orienteering and other outdoor activities. There is also easy access to beautiful walking and cycling opportunities.This beautiful and historic apartment is ideally located within five minutes’ walk of the high street and is less than fifteen minutes’ walk from the railway station. The apartment offers a lovely view over Loch Linnhe, enjoying a peaceful, elevated position.The apartment is split over levels 2 and 3 of a three story C 19 terraced building. It has its own private entrance with a flight of  stairs.The accommodation comprises two or three double bedrooms one of which can also function as a second sitting room/ study. The kitchen is spacious and well equipped.Visitors will love the original oak panelling of this railway engineer’s house built in the 1890s. The large, comfortable main sitting room is equipped with a television. The apartment can accommodate up to 6 person. The minimum let is six days in the high season and four days at other times.   We all had a wonderful time in Fort William, in no small part as a result of the really good accommodation we found ourselves in. If we return to Fort William in the near future, we shall certainly try and book Seaview Terrace again.— SM, 05 Sep 2016  Excellent location. Lovely apartment for our family to have a great week in Scotland with everything you could need.— Amanda M, 12 Aug 2016
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