Ardnamurchan is a beautiful place, wild and unspoilt (as beautiful as the Isle of Skye in my opinion), and a great idea for a day trip from Fort William is to drive to Ardnamurchan Point, the most westerly point on the UK mainland. The drive there (50 or so miles from the Corran ferry to Ardnamurchan Point) provides you with some breathtaking scenery and arriving at the lighthouse you have fantastic views out to sea and the islands. You [...]
If you want a pleasant afternoon walk without the relentless uphill slog that Ben Nevis offers, then Glen Nevis is the place to go. You can walk the entire length of the glen if you feel the need, or if you only have a couple of hours or so you can drive to the car park at the very end of the C1162 and from there it is about a 40 minute walk through the Nevis Gorge to Steall [...]
Inchree, about 12 miles south of Fort William on the A82 is a great spot to find native British red squirrels which are an endangered species in the UK due to the arrival 150 years or so ago of the grey squirrel. Grey squirrels are invasive and as a result tend to push red squirrels out of their natural habitat. Thankfully the grey squirrel has managed to gain a foothold in Scotland (and one or two other places in [...]
Having lived in Fort William for all of three months, and having had a lot of very fit people already stay with us who had walked the West Highland Way and were then doing Ben Nevis followed by the Great Glen Way, I decided that it was about time that I had a go at "the Ben". Having cooked 26 breakfasts that morning, I set off to walk up Ben Nevis (about 11am). My intention was to get to [...]
Buachaille Etive Mor is an iconic landmark of the Highlands, standing guard over the eastern end of Glen Coe. The munro viewed from the east looks like a pyramid and dominates the surrounding landscape. I have been here a few times now already and no doubt will visit it a few times more.
What to do in and around Fort William
Isle of Mull – 2 hours
Children will enjoy a visit to Tobermory (Balamory) with its multi-coloured buildings. Other attractions are whale and dolphin watching, a visit to the distillery at Tobermory bay, golf course, museum or climb up Ben More. The southern peninsula of Mull is known as the “Ross of Mull”. It extends from Pennyghael to Fionnphort. Fionnphort is the village where you can catch the ferry to Iona, as well as trips to Staffa and the Treshnish isles. The “Ross” is well known for its granite and spectacular beaches.
The Jacobite steam train
A 5 minute walk to the railway station in Fort William to hop on “The Jacobite” steam train to Mallaig. The service runs between May and October twice daily and is a great way to enjoy he stunning scenery of the West Highlands. The train ride received a great deal of publicity after featuring in the Harry Potter series of movies.
Inchree waterfall and Vertical Descents – 30 minutes
Inchree waterfall is just a short drive south from Fort William and with ample parking, is a great place to go for a walk. The waterfall is viewed from a number of vantage points and is quite impressive. At the edge of the car park is an area used to encourage the local Red Squirrel population to provide a show, and you will almost always find a few racing around! Vertical Descents is for those who are more adventurous. Here’s what one of our own guests, Stuart thought of it:
“We went canyoning at Inchree Falls to celebrate Ben, my son, turning 16. The experience matched up with the great video on the website. Our guide was Reuben and he was excellent. We were a small group of 4 and he was very patient. With his encouragement Ben and I managed the 10m jump into a pool under a stunning waterfall. The whole service from Vertical Descents was excellent from start to finish and it was great to have Michelle there to take pictures and provide us with them afterwards. Highly recommended.”
Oban – 1 hour
Enjoy a visit to the Scottish sea life sanctuary, horse riding in Lettershuna or the visitors centre at Castle Stalker before exploring “the Gateway to the Isles”. Consider visiting the rare breed’s farm park, Feochan Mhor trout smokehouse, Inveraray jail or just relax on a Loch Etive cruise, exploring Scotland’s most beautiful sea-loch that extends to the mountains of Glencoe. A visit to McTavish kitchen for an enjoyable dinner and Scottish show could just be the finishing touch to a great day out.
Ardnamurchan – 2 hours
A wild, remote yet strangely beautiful place, one of the least populated areas of Great Britain. There is abundant wildlife, including red deer, otters, seals, eagles and pine martens. The area also contains hundreds or rare wild plants, some of which are only found in Ardnamurchan. The north coastline affords spectacular views out to the islands of Rum, Eigg and Muck and on a clear day, the Outer Hebrides are clearly visible.