One of the main towns in the West Highlands of Scotland is Fort William within the Lochaber management area. Sitting at the "Gateway to The Glens", a Fort William & Lochaber holiday has a lot to offer in terms of outdoor activities. A Fort William & Lochaber holiday rental cottage is an ideal base from which to explore this beautiful area of the country of Scotland. With breathtaking scenery, numerous walking and hiking trails and an abundance of cultural experiences, a Fort William & Lochaber holiday will leave you feeling exhausted but fulfilled.
Things to Do on Holiday in Fort William & Lochaber, Scottish Highlands & Islands
A Fort William & Lochaber holiday is the perfect choice if you love outdoor pursuits. With a plethora of Glens and mountain ranges on your doorstep, this destination is a favourite with keen walkers, mountaineers and mountain bikers. Other activities available in the area include swimming, fishing, sailing, water skiing, diving, surfing, cycling, horse riding, white-water rafting and paragliding. The abundance of wildlife and breathtaking scenery is also perfect for those who are enthusiastic bird watchers, photographers or artists. During the winter months when there is plenty of snow, visitors can indulge in activities such as snowboarding, sledding and skiing. Among the other activities to be found in the town of Fort William is the West Highland Museum which has many artefacts from the area dating back to the whiskey glory days of the 19th century.
Places to Visit on Holiday in Fort William & Lochaber, Scottish Highlands & Islands
If you can tear yourself away from your cosy Fort William & Lochaber holiday rental cottage for a day out, then it is worth taking the hour's journey to Mallaig. The port has been used as a filming location due to its stunning scenery (such as some of the Harry Potter films). The port also has its own museum detailing its history and the Mallaig Marine world where you can see an abundance of interesting sea creatures.
Visitors who are considering booking a Fort William & Lochaber holiday rental cottage will find that they can expect a varied climate. The weather in the area is generally mild with warm summers and cold winters. The daytime temperature during the summer months can reach as high as 16°C. During the winter months of December and January the temperature is generally around 5°C, although it can drop as low as -2°C. The area is known for heavy rainfall with an average annual rainfall amount of 77 inches, although most of this falls on the higher ground.
To start enjoying a Fort William & Lochaber holiday, travellers can arrive at either Inverness airport (INV), which is 74 miles away or Glasgow Airport (GLA), which is 90 miles away from the area. Among the operators offering affordable travel to the area are BMI, British Airways and easyJet. Passengers can depart from various other UK airports such as London Gatwick (LGW), Birmingham (BHX), East Midlands (EMA) and Newquay (NQY).