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Where to stay and what to do in Fort William and Lochaber

The definitive guide to Fort William and about Lochaber, the Outdoor Capital of the UK, in the west Highlands of Scotland for accommodation and what to do

Lochaber is a huge scenic area of the Scottish west Highlands with the popular town of Fort William, on the shore of Loch Linnhe and Ben Nevis towering behind. Glen Nevis is the jewel in the crown for scenery, walking and holidays and of course Ben Nevis, the most popular mountain in the UK.

The Lochaber area can thought of as a major tourism/visitor destination with a substantial number of outdoor sports and activities available on demand, and supported by a large number of businesses providing holiday Scottish accommodation in the form of hotels, bed and breakfast places, guesthouses, self catering country cottages, chalets, lodges and homes, bunkhouses and hostels.

The Lochaber area has many, great annual events including the Ben Nevis Race in September; The Glen Nevis River Race; five separate Highland Games; two UCI mountain biking competitions; the Scottish Six Day Trials; the World motorcycle trials championships and many others which you can find on the What's On section.

The Lochaber area has five marketing regions and these can be found from the links on the left. From the south, the Lochaber area begins in Rannoch Moor and Glencoe including Kinlochleven on the West Highland Way, and goes all the way north into the Great Glen, it goes from Fort William all the way to the Atlantic west coast along the Road to the Isles to Mallaig and includes the Small Isles of Eigg, Rhum and Muck; it extends all the way out to the most westerly part of the UK mainland at Ardnamurchan Point. Lochaber also includes the Glenspean area and Loch Laggan - Monarch of the Glen country, and part of Argyll in the south west. Did you know Loch Ness - at Fort Augustus is only 38 miles from Fort William, and so easy it visit in an afternoon ?

We invite you to visit our Lochaber-based websites where we hope you will find lots of information about this fantastic area of Scotland, and that you decide to visit us, staying at one or more of the many good accommodation places in the Where to Stay Guide and of course the Eating Out Guide.

The Visit Fort William Team

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Westcourt Bed and Breakfast
A Warm Welcome to Westcourt Bed & Breakfast. We hope that you enjoy our beautiful views overlooking Loch Linnhe, with the stunning shoreline, sea-birds, seals, otters, ducks and swans. Westcourt is a fabulous Bed and Breakfast in Fort William and an impressive property, which commands a prime location with stunning, un-interrupted views to the Ardgour hills and over Loch Linnhe with it’s colourful array of leisure, cruise and sailing boats.  Westcourt is only a five-minute leisurely walk along the waterfront, through the beautiful Achintore gardens to the centre of Fort William, which will take you to a variety of bars restaurants and shops. The Lochaber Yacht Club are also directly across from our comfortable B&B on the Fort waterfront, with their trees illuminated with alternating pastel coloured lighting, which adds to the ambience against the water.   Westcourt is regarded as Luxury accommodation and is furnished and presented to an Extremely High Standard in all regards, to make guests stay as pleasant as possible. At Westcourt we offer a mix of bedrooms, some with Loch side and mountain range views, generous sized rooms with King-Size beds, Double, Twin or Deluxe rooms both standard and superior. All rooms are en-suite, some with both Bath or SPA and all Power Showers of a high standard and most with twin sink units, Soft towels, Quality linen and Bespoke Quality toiletries are provided for Guests.   Each room has flat screen TV with Freeview television, Hospitality trays, Hair dryer, access to an iron on request, Free WI-FI throughout and onsite Guest Parking.           In the morning Breakfast is served in the tastefully decorated dining room that makes for a great spacious area to relax and enjoy your breakfast as you plan your day.  Breakfast is served by friendly staff with good local knowledge.                  Breakfast is available from 7.30 am – 9.00 am, or earlier on request if required.                           We offer you an individually presented breakfast in the morning – choose from light and healthy options, yogurts Fresh Fruit, Juices and Croissants, a range of Cereals, Continental Breakfast, a selection of Cold Meat and Cheese, Scrambled or Poached egg with Salmon or Kippers, or a Large cooked   ” Full Highland Breakfast”   that will set you up for the day. Coffee or Tea, with toast and a selection of Marmalad, Honey and Jams. Our breakfast are well complemented by our guest reviews that Westcourt receives.  Charles and Katarina look forward to welcoming you to Westcourt.    Bed & Breakfast from £45.00 - £75.00 per person per night - based on two people sharing one double room with king-sized bed and including breakfast.We are open all year.  Please use our online booking below to check availability, or if you have any special requirements, complete the enquiry form. We look forward to welcoming you to Fort William.
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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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Inverour Guest House
Inverour Guest House is a small guest house which is ideally located in Spean Bridge. It is managed by Eddie and Michael who offer all their guests a warm and friendly welcome. Inverour offers its guests a range of comfortable rooms ranging from king size to a single. Most of our rooms offer en-suite facilities.  We also provide a full scottish breakfast. For those guests that like an early start we are happy to provide a continental breakfast. All our rooms offer free wifi, Tv's, hair dryers and tea and coffee making facilities.There are lots of local walks and we are only a few minutes drive from the Nevis range. We are able to offer a drop off and pick up service for walkers and can provide a packed lunch for guests on request. We also have a drying room for wet clothes when the weather has not been too good.There are plenty of places to eat in the village all within a few minutes walk. We are able to offer details of these to our guests.Fort William is only a 20 minute drive away and spean bridge has a railway station providing links to Glasgow and London. The station is a 5 minute walk from Inverour. Inverour is the ideal base from which to explore the local area which offers breathtaking scenery and activities galore.Spean bridge is well known for its commando memorial and Inverour Guest House is situated one mile from the memorial. The village offers an ideal touring base as it stands at the junction of roads north to Inverness and the Isle of Skye, south to Fort William and east through Glen Spean towards Loch Laggan and Strathspey.Inverour Guest House is one of the oldest properties in Spean Bridge situated within the Great Glen.For more information or to book a stay with us please visit our website by tapping on the contact us tab at the top of our page.  We will be fully open for business on 1st March 2018. We look forward to welcoming you all in the New year. Kind Regards Eddie and Michael
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Huntingtower Lodge
Huntingtower Lodge is closed for 2020 but we are taking bookings for 2021.  We have carried out a full COVID-19 Risk Assessment and have the Visit Scotland COVID-19 "Good to Go" accreditation. The Lodge, a Visit Scotland 4 Star Gold B&B enjoys a stunning position on 6 acres of hillside, overlooking Loch Linnhe, Huntingtower Lodge is the perfect place to chill out or to use as a base to tour the West Highlands, to climb Ben Nevis, take a walk along our woodland path or take The Jacobite to Mallaig. Our 4 double rooms have en-suite showers, king-size beds and all the usual comforts you would expect from quality accommodation. We also have a twin room with private shower room. Our suite of rooms, The Waterfall Suite, is perfect for travellers looking for privacy or a special get-away. Each room has Wi-Fi and Freeview television/DVD. The house is no smoking throughout. Complimentary transfers to and from the local bus and train station are available by arrangement as is transport into town in the evening - we do however ask for a voluntary donation to our chosen charity, http://www.kirstyskids.org/. So, whatever the weather or time of year, come, relax, watch the wildlife from your room and enjoy the West Highlands in comfort. You are guaranteed the warmest of welcomes and all our extensive facilities are at your disposal to make your stay a memorable one. Clothes drying and secure equipment storage is available. A secure garage is available for cyclists and bikers. Please check our availability calendar for 2021 here
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Moorings Hotel
Celebrated as one of the most popular hotels in Fort William, the Moorings Hotel is a hidden gem, located just five minutes drive from Fort William town centre but a million miles away from every day hustle and bustle.Situated on the banks of the Caledonian Canal at the famous Neptune’s staircase locks the location is perfect for a short stroll along the canal-side or enjoying a more strenuous walk along the Great Glen Way.For those on business, pleasure, an adventure or a special occasion the Moorings Hotel is the perfect stay for all!The hotel offers the best and most spectacular views of Britain’s highest Mountain, Ben Nevis, with stunning views from the superior and executive rooms over the Caledonian Canal and Neptune Staircase to the Nevis mountain range. Naturally, your guest bedroom will be everything you would expect and more from an AA and Scottish Tourist Board Four Star Hotel. Our 32 Bedroom Hotel has a collection of Standard, Superior and newly built Executive Bedrooms, with three of the Executive Bedrooms benefiting from private balconies which overlook the Caledonian Canal. Each of our 32 rooms are tastefully furnished and individually designed to capture the sense of the Scottish Highlands. All our rooms have private en-suite bathrooms, hospitality trays, hairdryers, free wi-fi, satellite TV and a selection of quality toiletries.Breakfast in the Moorings Hotel is included in the room rate and is not to be missed. Breakfast includes a European style continental Buffet including fresh fruit, yogurt, cereals, pastries, cheeses and cold meats followed by a full Scottish Breakfast cooked fresh from our kitchen
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