Exceptional bed and breakfast accommodation in Fort William
“Fort William & the Highlands really can be the Scotland of your imagination. Mountains, lochs, culture, history, architecture and amazing scenery. Big skies, mind-blowing landscapes, superb food and hospitable people”
Let Britain's only mountain gondola transport you to 650m on the slopes of Aonach Mor. Meander along the mountain trails to the panoramic viewpoints, then relax in the restaurant & bar with breathtaking views. Nevis Range offer access to so much more: ZoomTrax, High Wire Adventure, Summer Ceilidh Nights, Scenic chair ride, Mountain Biking, Family Cycling, Walks to Mountain Viewpoints, Forest Walks, Mountain Discovery Centre, Paragliding, Ski and Snowboard and Winter Climbing..
The track to the summit of Ben Nevis is an objective of many who visit Fort William. The difficulty of the climb should not be underestimated and there are several web sites that give advice about this endeavour and weather conditions should be carefully checked. The image above links to Walk Highlands web site. Ben Nevis is 1344m (4,406ft) high; the Mountain Track is around 16km (start to finish) and you should plan to take about 8 hours for an ascent of the Ben, depending on how fit you are.
Described as the greatest railway journey in the world, this 84 mile round trip takes you past a list of impressive extremes. Starting near the highest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis, it visits Britain’s most westerly mainland railway station, Arisaig; passes close by the deepest freshwater loch in Britain, Loch Morar and the shortest river in Britain, River Morar, finally arriving next to the deepest seawater loch in Europe, Loch Nevis!.
Cross Corran Ferry or head along the Road to the Isles to Ardnamurchan, Moidart, Morvern, Sunart and Ardgour. Jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean and with views from every shore of islands, castles, lochs and wilderness. With sweeping white sands and crystal clear seas, ancient woodlands and mountains, not to mention the wildlife, jaw dropping scenery and Celtic legends, a visit to the most picturesque land in Scotland will be unforgettable. Once visited - it will be forever in your heart!
Glenfinnan has the famous viaduct and of course Glenfinnan Monument, erected in 1815 in tribute to the Jacobite clansmen who fought and died in the cause of Prince Charles Edward Stuart. From Glenfinnan there are several walks. The Glen road that passes under the viaduct, is a popular place for a gentle stroll perhaps as far as the Bothie. There are also the Boardwalk and Viewpoint walks from the Visitor Centre or there are much more energetic routes.
Situated in the High Street in the heart of the historic town of Fort William in the Scottish Highlands, The West Highland Museum’s collections tell the story of the region and its history. Our most renowned and unusual collection relates to Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite cause. But we also hold a wealth of curious and fascinating collections relating to less well-known aspects of the lives of the people of the West Highlands
Rockhopper offers half, full or multi-day sea kayak trips through some of the most spectacular coastal, mountain and island scenery in Scotland! Sea Kayaking is a fantastic way to explore the Scottish Coastline and a truly exhilarating form of travel. The area around Fort William are rich in wildlife and you may be lucky enough to encounter seals, otters, basking sharks and a huge variety of coastal birds. Whether you are new to water sports or experienced in sea kayaking, we will provide an unforgettable experience. Families, groups and individuals are all welcome. Many of our trips take place around The Sound of Arisaig and Glenuig area, these are well known as some of the finest destinations to paddle in the country
Mountain Guiding, Climbing, Instruction and Coaching Hunter Mountaineering offers Private Guiding and specific Summer and Winter Courses ranging from walking up Ben Nevis, to climbing classic rock or ice climbs, to mountain navigation and safety. We deliver quality professional courses, and bespoke Private Guiding. Hunter Mountaineering is based in Fort William, at the foot of Ben Nevis in the Highlands. Within easy reach are other venues such as Glencoe, Creag Meagaidh and the Cairngorms. Hunter Mountaineering is run by Max Hunter, holding Mountaineering Instructor Certificate (MIC), a member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors (AMI) and the Mountain Training Association (MTA).
Quad Bike Tours offer outdoor activities in two locations in Scotland and the Scottish Highlands. Both of our locations are easily accessible from Fort William, Aviemore and Inverness. Our off road quad biking and 4x4 experiences provide outdoor activities for all the family all set in the most spectacular setting. Quad Bike Tours have two locations both in the Cairngorm National Park near Aviemore and extending as far west as Lochaber, Fort William and the Outdoor Capital of the UK. With one, two and three & half hour trips you will be guided through Ancient Caledonian forests, head in to the hills or follow the rivers with their raging rapids and waterfalls, we can even throw in Scottish Baronial castles.
Approx 2 hours from Fort William
Getting There: Sheerwater boat trips ( costs approx £18 per person) leave from Arisaig which is around an hour from Fort William the crossing takes an hour with the chance of seeing Whales, seals and dolphins. It's gives you 4.5 to 5 hours on Eigg. There are lots of walks on Eigg from ferry landing or you can take a taxi to the north of the island to visit Laig beach and singing sands. You can return by taxi or if you leave about 1 and half hours you can walk back to catch the boat back to Arisaig. There is a tea room and shop near the ferry landing at Galmisdale.
Approx 1 hour 30 mins from Fort William.
GETTING THERE: Just a 5 minute ferry ride from Gallanach. Gallanach is about 2.5 miles south of Oban. Ferry runs approx every 30 mins. Last ferry about 6pm and is less than £5 return. Gylen Castle circuit walk to the south of the island (starting and finishing at the ferry landing) is around 7 miles long and gives fabulous views of the mainland and island's. There is a lovely tea room about a 3rd of the way round near the castle serving gorgeous home made soup, scones and cake.
A young, independent whisky distillery, Ncn’ean started distilling here on Drimnin Estate an organic single malt whisky in March 2017. The distillery offers tours (pre-booking required) which include speciality cupcakes, cocktails and a taste of the new make spirit, and if a tour is not for you, sit and enjoy a coffee, tea, soft drinks or a beer in the distillery bar (open Mon- Fri 11am – 5 pm). Lunch (from 12-2pm), and if you feel like a cocktail there is a distillery happy hour between 4 – 5pm daily (pre-booking for lunch & cocktails required) A little about the distillery We’re aiming to create a spirit that’s fruity, smooth and easy to drink and mix. We’re trying longer mashing times and slower fermentation, and experimenting with yeasts not commonly used in distilling.”
Our Spean Bridge restaurant has been awarded 2 AA rosettes for 10 consecutive years. Highland lamb and beef reared and grazed naturally, as well as Scottish venison feature on our menu as does locally sourced fish from our local waters. The west coast of Scotland has an abundance of seafood which we try to reflect in our menus: Scallops from the Island of Mull, Arisiag Prawns and Salmon from Wester Ross. Seasonal salad leaves and herbs are sourced from the Isle of Skye. Scottish cheeses and hand-made tablet are also used alongside the freshly baked bread made every day in the kitchen. A choice of vegetarian dishes are offered. www.smiddyhouse.com
Fishing was how we began. At Crannog Restaurant, we still believe in bringing you the freshest local seafood and the finest produce from Scotland’s natural larder; such as Aberdeen Angus beef and venison, when in season. Our unique location on the shore of Loch Linnhe gives you spectacular views to enjoy while you savour the delicious dishes prepared for you by our experienced chefs. Situated in the heart of Fort William, Crannog is a seafood restaurant like no other – in a quiet loch-side location on the Town Pier, the distinctive red roofs have been synonymous with fantastic West Highland seafood and relaxed fine dining for 26 years. Using the freshest fish and seafood from the local area, a meal at Crannog is a must on any visit to the area. www.crannog.net
Good Food Guide’s Scottish Local Restaurant of the Year 2016.
We source our food from as close to home as possible and we are great believers in keeping food miles down and cooking with produce that is locally grown by small scale passionate producers. Our menu changes daily as we are dependent on what is available locally: our giant prawns are creel caught in Loch Aline, the Sound of Mull is the home of our hand dived scallops (harvests are weather and tide dependent) and the mussels come from Loch Spelve on Mull. We serve wild venison, beef and lamb from Ardtornish Estate. Lee makes all our own bread each morning using Dove’s farm organic flours. We also forage for wild foods such as garlic, chanterelles and wild fruits. We have a wide range of locally brewed beers including Loch Fyne Ales. www.thewhitehouserestaurant.co.uk
Welcome to Lochleven Seafood Café, a Restaurant, Seafood Deli, Coffee Shop & Gift Shop serving fresh, quality Scottish Shellfish.
Lochleven Seafood Café, Deli and Shop is situated on the shores of beautiful Loch Leven on the west coast in the Highlands of Scotland. The restaurant is surrounded by an unspoilt and unique landscape with the Mamores mountain range towering above and views across Camus Mhor (the big bay) to the Pap of Glencoe.Our dishes are prepared simply but expertly and our Shellfish Platter has already become a favourite of food lovers from all over the world.
Located in the village of Ballachulish (Gaelic name meaning ‘the village of the narrows’) on the shores of Loch Leven just off the A82 and close to historical Glencoe. An area of outstanding beauty.
The restaurant kitchen is run by Michelin Star Chef Allan Donald ably assisted by Sous Chef Eileen Donald and their staff. They aim to provide excellent food and service using locally sourced ingredients wherever possible.
The Laroch bar is at the heart of the local community serving a selection of beers, wines and spirits including a fine selection of malt whisky.
Dining at ‘Albert and Michel Roux Jr at Inverlochy Castle’ is a culinary experience to savour, with the legendary father and son taking the helm of the kitchen and offering the finest dishes using local produce. Dining is in any of our three dining rooms, each decorated with period and elaborate furniture presented as gifts to Inverlochy Castle from the King of Norway, creating a unique experience in unrivalled surroundings. The menu features modern British cuisine with French influences which is internationally recognised by all major guides. We have been awarded AA 3 Red Rosettes. . We serve Light Lunch and Afternoon Tea in our Lounge and Dinner in our Restaurant. www.inverlochycastlehotel.com
The Lime Tree An Ealdain Restaurant is a multi award winning fresh food restaurant – Relish Good Food Guide ‘Top Twenty Small Scottish Restaurants’, Visit Scotland ‘Taste of the Best’ award, Michelin and Good Food Guide listed.
Our food guarantee at the Lime Tree is that all dishes are prepared from raw, seasonal, locally sourced ingredients made into something special by our skilled Chef Team led by Head Chef Andrew Cook. www.limetreefortwilliam.co.uk
Our unique location just outside Fort William at the very foot of Ben Nevis is THE place for great food, real ale and live music.Popular with walkers, mountaineers and locals alike, the Ben Nevis Inn is found at the start of the Ben Nevis mountain path and close to the end of the famous West Highland Way in Fort William, with fabulous views over Glen Nevis.
Menu can change on a day to day basis through out Winter months. Our Lunch time menu is offered from 12 noon until 5pm and our Evening Menu from 5pm until 9pm.
A children’s Menu is offered all day. www.ben-nevis-inn.co.uk
To grow up in such a remarkable place as Fort William, travel the world, experience, learn and embrace. Return home and start a new journey…..well, its a beautiful thing. Join us and enjoy a little taste of highland charm with a touch of international flair. www.geographerrestaurant.co.uk
If you are looking for things to do in Fort William and the Highlands, why not try one of Vertical Descents' activity days or activity packages – shortbread is great but the memories you will take home from one of our outdoor activities will last a lifetime.Vertical Descents brought Canyoning to Scotland in 1998. Since then we have been at the forefront of Canyoning in the UK developing and tailoring trips to suit a wide range of abilities. Also offering White Water Rafting, Coasteering, Target Sports and much more.
Pick from a remarkable range of superb things to do and to enjoy. Make the most of your holiday as we take care of the details and you focus on the sport: whether its golf on a stunning parkland course, rib tours out to open sea, Segway tours over a wonderful estate or the thrill of high-adrenalin canyoning plus access to Scotland’s only via ferrata. In fact, there are over 20 outdoor activities and Scottish tours to pursue and whatever your passion for adventure in Scotland, we share it, too! Professional guides, personal attention, friendly people and superb equipment. This is the home of Highland activities!
Our Target Centres are set amongst some of the most beautiful scenery in the Highlands. Brackletter, near Fort William, Ardtornish Estate and Ardnamurchan Estate each boast there own unique scenery and setting. We offer, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Air Rifles, Archery, Crossbows, Tomahawk throwing and SlingShots all available for complete beginners to enthusiasts, from age 8 years and upwards. All our instructors have a minimum of 10 years experience in the outdoor industry and a minimum of 10 years in shooting.
Sandwiched between Glencoe to the south, and Ben Nevis to the North, Ice Factor sits in the highland village of Kinlochleven, in the heartland of British Mountaineering, the Outdoor Capital of the UK. Ice Factor constantly ranks in the world’s top ten climbing centres and remains the only company to ever win consecutive Thistles Awards from Visit Scotland for Outstanding Customer Service. Our Indoor Rock Walls are amongst the highest and best in the UK and our Indoor Ice Wall is the biggest indoor Ice Climbing Wall in the world! In recognition of our world class facilities, outstanding equipment and expert highly qualified instructors we are the Mountaineering Council for Scotland’s National Centre for Ice Climbing and the Regional Centre of Excellence for Rock Climbing and Mountain Sports.
They say there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad equipment. Well, sometimes, the only equipment that’s good enough is Three Wise Monkeys Climbing. Well, we did it. An awesome new Indoor Climbing Centre in Fort William. No more nothing to do on a rainy day, no more nothing to do on the dark winter evenings. It’s ok though, as we’re not stopping there. 3 Wise Monkeys happened because we believe the UK climbing community deserves better – and we’re pushing ourselves all the time to make that happen – want to sign up for the ride? Well, why are you reading this? You should be here climbing!
Share the experience of spotting Golden Eagles, White-Tailed Eagles, Red-throated Divers, Hen Harriers, Red Deer, plus a wide variety of other wildlife, while learning the History and Geology of this special, remote and unspoiled part of the Highlands of Scotland.
Accessible only by boat, Loch Shiel is one of Scotland’s most historically significant and unspoiled natural treasures.
Carved out by retreating glaciers over successive ice ages, this 18 mile long freshwater loch has changed relatively little since then and can truly be called a Last Wilderness. Now you can cruise the magnificent and historic scenery of Loch Shiel in company with a friendly and knowledgeable crew, with live commentary on the History and Wildlife of this beautiful area at Glenfinnan.
Wild West offer a selection of safaris and tours to look for the wildlife of the West Highlands. Scotland's Big Five of red deer, red squirrel, harbour seal, otter and golden eagle can all be found in the area. The Ardnamurchan peninsula has recently been declared a sanctuary for the critically endangered wildcat. The nationally scarce pine marten is fairly widespread here though you will need to join a searchlight safari to look for this nocturnal mammal. You'll also learn about the flora, history and geology of the area and your guide Ian MacLeod is an experienced photographer who can help you get the best from your camera.
The ferry is operated by Highland Ferries on behalf of Highland Council and departs from the pier in Fort William close to The Crannog Restaurant. The ferry crosses in about 10 minutes to the crofting community visible across Loch Linnhe from Fort William. There are lovely views back to Ben Nevis and down the Loch while crossing. There is a forest walk, with a fair climb, or stay on the single track road or the shoreline in either direction. Cycles can be taken across the ferry to explore the area and a trip to Ardgour and back is enjoyable for those that are a little more adventurous.
We hire out almost every type of bike: from long distance tourers to day trips to full suspension bikes. Our Specialized comfort touring bikes are specifically designed for road trips and smooth forest roads or canal towpaths. Adult hire prices start from £30. Customers have used these bikes to tour the Western Isles and most of the west coast of Scotland. Our Cytech mechanics get 100s of bikes rolling again every year. Whether a carbon race bike or a rusty old friend, drop it by at any time for a free initial assessment.
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