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Fort William & Lochaber:  Accommodation

The main town in the area is the bustling Fort William from where the magical 'Road to the Isles' heads west to the fishing port of Mallaig. On the way, you'll be treated to spectacular views of the Small Isles: Muck, Eigg and Rhum. Also found here are crystal clear bays near Arisaig and the golden sands of Morar.

Glen Coe means many things to different people. Historically, the 1692 massacre of the MacDonalds by the Campbells is commemorated by a monument and visitor centre near the Clachaig Inn. For walkers and climbers, Glen Coe offers its own special challenges.

Skiers can choose between the White Corries ski area near Glen Coe and Aonach Mor, just north of Fort William, while cyclists can explore the recently developed Great Glen Cycle Route. For a more leisurely day, why not take a trip out to Ardnamurchan Point, the most westerly point on the British mainland?
 

Buchaille Etive Mor, Glencoe

Historic Buildings and Castles:

Glenfinnan Monument

Glenfinnan Monument

A superb setting at the head of Loch Shiel for the monument commemorating those who fought and died in the Jacobite rising.

Commando Memorial

Set on a hillside just to the west of Spean Bridge and in memory of those who trained at nearby Achnacary and died in World War II.

Well of Seven Heads

Near Invergarry. Two sons of the 12th Chief of Keppoch were brutally slain in 1663. The monument here tells the story.

Balcardine Castle

Benderloch, near Oban. Dungeon, secret passage, links with the massacrre at Glen Coe.

       

Museums and Galleries:

Glenfinnan Station Museum

Glenfinnan Station Museum

Exhibition telling the story of the West Highland Railway. Tearoom and shop.

West Highland Museum

West Highland Museum

Fort William. Regional history, Jacobite relics.

Ionad Nibheis

Glen Nevis visitor centre. Multimedia presentation, natural history and environment, Ben Nevis and Glen Nevis.

Mallaig Heritage Centre

Mallaig Harbour

Depicting local history and telling the stories of the railway and fishing industry.

Clan Cameron Museum

Clan Cameron Museum

Included in the museum are artifacts, photographs and information about the Commandos who trained at Achnacarry during the 1939/45 War and who frequently return here to visit their old training grounds.

     
       

Visitor Attractions:

Treasures of the Earth

Corpach, near Fort William. Collection of priceless gemstones, crystals and fossils.

Glenfinnan Visitor Centre

Displays and audio-visual presentation depicting the 1745 uprising.

Jacobite Steam Train

West Highland Railway

The train runs from Fort William to Mallaig through some of the most stunning scenery in the country.

Mallaig Marina World

The Harbour, Mallaig. Original marine aquarium has displays and presentations of the local sea life and fishing heritage.

Ben Nevis Distillery

Ben Nevis Distillery

Fort William. One of the oldest licensed distilleries in Scotland, the distillery is nestled at the foot of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis.

Ardnamurchan Natural History Centre

At the Centre we provide an introduction to the natural environment of Ardnamurchan, the most westerly part of the British mainland. Our focal point is an interactive exhibition housed in the 'Living Building' where you can discover many innovative elements as well as enjoy an audio-visual presentation. A 16-page booklet, to be read at your leisure, complements the exhibition.

Ardnamurchan Lighthouse Visitor Centre

The former keepers' cottages and outbuildings have been managed by the Ardnamurchan Lighthouse Trust since 1996. They are now operated as a visitor centre, offering the chance to learn more about Scottish lighthouses and the flora and fauna of the Ardnamurchan peninsula.

Local Churches

Set amid stunning scenery, and home to a number of close-knit communities, the three parishes of Ardgour & Kingairloch, Strontian and Morvern were recently brought together as a three-way linkage. This site is intended for use by our congregations and visitors alike. Take a look around, and if you like what you see, or have any questions or comments, please get in touch.

       

Parks and Gardens:

Kinlochlaich Garden Plant Centre

Kinlochlaich Garden Plant Centre

Like many gardens in the Highlands, the mild climate of the Gulf Stream allows many different plants to thrive and it has become one of the leading plant nurseries in Scotland.

     
       

Sports and Activities:

Lochaber Watersports

Lochaber Watersports

Near Ballachulish, Loch Leven. Offering organised activity courses and also hire of dinghies, canoes and rowing boats.

Traigh Golf Course

Traigh Golf Course is set in one of the most beautiful parts of the West Highlands of Scotland, just north of Arisaig, Inverness-shire. The word Traigh (pronounced 'try') means 'beach' in Gaelic, and a series of sandy beaches run alongside the course, with stunning views to the Hebridean islands of Eigg and Rum, and the Cuillins of Skye.

   
       

Car Hire:

Easydrive Car & Van Rental

Fort William
tel: 01397 701616

Fort William Car Rental

Fort William Car Hire and Rental is based in Camaghael, Fort William, just off the A820 to Mallaig. We're located alongside the famous Caledonian Canal, with breathtaking views of Ben Nevis.
tel: 01397 701515

Nevis Garage

Fort William
tel: 01397 702432

Practical Car Rental

Fort William
tel: 01397 772404

       

Selected Accommodation in Fort William and Lochaber
 

Hotels

Guest Houses

Bed & Breakfast

The Lodge on the Loch Hotel, Onich
The Isles of Glencoe Hotel, Ballachulish
The Inn at Ardgour, Ardgour, Corran
Clachaig Inn, Glencoe
Roy Bridge Hotel, Roy Bridge
Glenspean Lodge, Roy Bridge
Old Pines Hotel, Spean Bridge
Salen Hotel, Acharacle
Loch Leven Hotel, Onich
Stronlossit Inn, Roy Bridge
Alexandra Hotel, Fort William
Ballachulish Hotel, Ballachulish

Craiglinnhe House, Ballachulish
Smiddy House, Spean Bridge
Distant Hills, Spean Bridge
Dorrington Guest House, Glencoe
Heatherbank, Strontian
Pineapple House, Duror
Kilmalyn Guest House, Corpach
Stronchreggan View, Fort William
Strathassynt Guest House, Ballachulish
Corriechoille Lodge, Spean Bridge
Tighard GH, Isle of Canna
Inverour Guest House, Spean Bridge
Glenancross Guesthouse, Morar
Guisachan House, Fort William

Torlundy House, Fort William
Tigh na Cheo, Kinlochleven
Faegour House, Spean Bridge
Blythedale, Fort William
Spean Lodge, Spean Bridge
Craig na Shee, Strontian
Ardno House, Ballachulish
Strath Lodge, Glencoe
Craigag Lodge, Glenfinnan
Forest Lodge, South Laggan
Strathaven Cottage B&B, Fort William
Salen House, Acharacle
Beechwood Cottage B&B, Glencoe
Meall Mo Chridhe, Kilchoan
An Ceitan, Acharacle
Otterburn House B&B, Strontian

Self Catering

Caravans

Hostels/Bunkhouses

Kinchellie Croft Cottages, Roy Bridge
Ardochy House Cottages, Invergarry
Tangusdale Cottage, Invergarry
Tom Fraoich Chalet, Strontian
Clachaig Chalets and Lodges, Glencoe
Fern Villa Cottages, Ballachulish
Leven Apartments, Kinlochleven
Sandaig Cottage, Knoydart
Mountain View, Banavie
Roe Deer Cottage, Ballachulish
Glen Nevis Log Cabins, Fort William
Stone Cottage, Glencoe
Eigg Cottage, Morar
Loch Leven Chalets, North Ballachulish
Birchbrae Lodges, Onich
Lock Keeper's Cottage, Banavie
Tirindrish Steading, Spean Bridge
Fois a Chridhe, Morar
Ardachy Cottage, Ballachulish
Duachy Apartments, Fort William
Knoydart House, Inverie, Knoydart
Seangan House & Lodges, Banavie
Allt Ruadh, Glenuig
Lochaber Lodges, Spean Bridge
Sealladh Na Beinne, North Ballachulish
Nevis Rest Apartment, Spean Bridge
The Kennels, Kilchoan
The Old Byre, Duror
Glenancross Farmhouse, Morar
Springwell Cottage, Fort William
Bramble Cottage, Strontian
Hoki Mai, Glenborrodale
Glen Nevis Cottage, Fort William
Invergloy Lodges, Spean Bridge
Bracj=ken Brae Cottage, Acharacle
Glen Dessary Chalet, Corpach, Fort William
Steading Apartment, Kinlochleven

Ardochy House Caravans, Roy Bridge
Duneira Caravans, Acharacle

Glen Uig Hotel Bunkhouse, Glen Uig, by Lochailort
Great Glen Hostel, South Laggan
Invergarry Lodge, Invergarry
Glencoe Independent Hostel
Ardnamurchan Bunkhouse, Glenborrodale

 

 
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