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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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Torlundy House
Torlundy House is a family run Guest House located in the rural settlement of Torlundy some 3 miles (5 kilometres) from Fort William in the Highlands of Scotland. Your hosts, Michael and Maxean, have been providing B&B for 19 years in Torlundy. At this time we want to assure our guests that we have implemented enhanced cleaning and sanitisation procedures and as a result been certified as "Good to Go" under the UK wide scheme to reassure guests we are doing all we can to mitigate risk and prevent COVOD-19 entering our business and home. You can find full details of the action we are taking on our own website, or if you want to discuss anything further please telephone or email us. We have lived in Torlundy for nearly 20 years now so are very conversant with the area. We welcome you to our home nestling among Britain's highest mountains (a short distance away from Ben Nevis) and most spectacular scenery. Be prepared to spend more than a day here as there is so much to do and see no matter what weather we are having, and you will not tire of the people, culture or scenery. Many of our guests say that they wished they had stayed more than a couple of nights at our Guest House because they missed so many sights. Others return year after year and still find something new each visit. We are proud to be distinctly different to hotels, many of our guests prefer the more personal and relaxed atmosphere and genuine hospitality in a "home from home" without the formality and impersonal atmosphere many hotels have and you can expect some touches rarely found in hotels that we hope make you feel there is little else we could do for you. Perhaps the only thing you might miss is room service, but then with all there is to do why would you be in your room except to get a good night's sleep? VisitScotland have awarded Torlundy House 4 Star Gold Guest House status under their Quality Assurance Scheme and our breakfast menu holds the "Taste Our Best" award for it's use of locally produced and Scottish foods. Torlundy House has 3 double (king beds) ensuite rooms and a twin bed ensuite room. We can accommodate young adults over the age of 16 years. You can expect a warm Highland welcome, a comfortable home from home and a full Scottish Breakfast, using as many locally produced items as we can, to set you up for the day, whatever you are doing. Please tell us if you have any special dietary requirement so we can get some extra things in for you. We have free complimentary WiFi internet access throughout all resident's areas. *Torlundy House is a non smoking and non vaping house* We can also offer secure cycle storage and hard standings for motorcycles, and of course ample parking for cars.
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Huntingtower Lodge
The Lodge, an environment and wildlife friendly 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. We have carried out a full COVID-19 Risk Assessment and have the Visit Scotland COVID-19 "Good to Go" accreditation. Please check our availability calendar for 2021 here
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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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