Fort William – The Outdoor Capital of the Highlands is an excellent holiday destination choice, catering for a wide range of interests.
From those who want a full-on actioned filled holiday to those who just want to get away from it all and relax, Fort William and the surrounding area of Lochaber has lots to offer.
Situated in the centre of the Highlands of Scotland, in the shadow of Ben Nevis, (the UK’s highest mountain at 4406 feet) the very impressive local scenery is the first thing that a new visitor would notice. Keen photographers will not be disappointed!
The area of Lochaber is world famous for it’s outdoors and hills in particular. You could spend years and years revisiting the area, climbing different hills each time, all within a short distance from Fort William.
Most visitors to the area will drive through the impressively mountainous Glencoe to get to Fort William and this area is only about 20 miles south of Fort William. The entrance to Glen Nevis, (the home of Ben Nevis) and a further 5 Munros, (Scottish mountains over 3000 ft) is only 1 mile away from Whinburn.
Nevis Range, www.nevisrange.co.uk is only 4 miles away from Fort William and besides being the main ski area locally, (in the winter) it is also a mecca for mountain biking with trails designed for easy family use all the way to the, ‘World Championship’ course, for those feeling fit!
Nevis range is also the home of 2 impressive down hill mountain-biking trails for those who find normal mountain biking just a bit too tame!
Bikes can be hired in this area and for those not into biking, the gondola cable car can whisk you up the hill to the restaurant at over 2000 ft where the views on a clear day are hard to beat.
For those not wanting to, ‘take to the hills’ as such, there are numerous excellent options for low level walks that are suitable for all of the family. Most come with world class scenery as standard!
Being on the edge of an unspoilt wilderness, the area is excellent for the wildlife enthusiast. Otters have been seen swimming in the sea a few
hundred metres from the house and even an elusive Pine Martin has been spotted in Whinburn’s garden!
With binoculars or a small telescope, Red Deer are occasionally seen on the hill across the loch from Whinburn.
Lochaber is also the home to many impressive birds of prey. From Golden Eagles, Sea Eagles, (White Tailed Eagles) and even Ospreys, (from Spring to Autumn) so the keen birdwatcher will have plenty to see in the area.
The famous Jacobite Steam train, (also known as the Harry Potter Train) http://www.westcoastrailways.co.uk/ leaves from Fort William train station, (seasonal) on it’s scenic jorney to the West Coast fishing village of Mallaig. Described as, ‘One of the 10 best short rail journeys in the world’ this can offer steam train fans, scenery fans and Harry Potter fans alike, a great day out. For those who are not too fussed about steam, the standard service train has exactly the same views!
Besides the local mainland being an excellent touring area, Fort William is also not too far away from a host of Scottish Islands, ie, Skye, Rhum, Eigg, Muick, and Mull & Iona. All easily reachable for a day visit. http://www.calmac.co.uk/
As it’s really important to us that our guests have the best time possible when on holiday, we personally welcome our guests in and give them a tour of how the house works and then pass on as many tips as our guests require about the area, to help them get as much as possible out of their holiday.
We have extensive knowledge, (Stephen has stayed in Fort William his whole life) to draw on and have particular experience of most local outdoor pursuits.
From great hidden gems of walks to restaurant tips, to the best place to park your car when climbing Ben Nevis!
Want to know where to see quiet beautiful beaches, or have a picnic besides an idyllic ruined Highland castle, go white water rafting, catch a wild trout or a mackerel, where the best walks are, find one of the highest waterfalls in the UK, visit an Island or even where the best views of Ben Nevis are, the best places to hike or mountain-bike or pretty much anything else?
Just ask, we are happy to help!