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Make a holiday cottage in Fort William your home away from home

Fort William is the largest town in the Scottish Highlands. It sits near Loch Linnhe and along the mouth of the River Nevis. Surrounding the town is a series of idyllic villages and hamlets that are very popular with visitors both from the UK and abroad. HomeAway has a nice selection of holiday cottages in Fort William that offer comfortable accommodation for all types of travellers. Fort William attracts visitors who are keen to explore the varied landscapes of the Scottish Highlands. It’s often called the outdoor capital of Scotland and is a truly stunning place to explore. The town of Fort William offers plenty of amenities for holidaymakers, including a lovely pedestrianised high street filled with excellent restaurants and shops. Just outside of town are mountains, lochs, rivers, and a whole lot more for outdoor enthusiasts to explore. Fort William holiday cottages range in size from cosy nooks that are perfect for couples, to spacious multi-bedroom homes ideal for families or groups of friends.

Things to do

-Museums: The West Highland Museum is situated in central Fort William, right in the heart of town. It’s a fascinating destination that has numerous exhibits covering the Jacobite Cause, how life in the Scottish Highlands has evolved over the centuries, Scottish military history, and much more. The museum is just a short drive away from holiday homes in Fort William and is open daily from Monday through Saturday.

-Natural attractions: The Nevis Range can be found just outside of Fort William and is the region’s main attraction. The town sits right at the base, but keen hikers will want to visit the top. At 4,406 feet, Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the British Isles. The Nevis Range is home to a wealth of hiking and sightseeing opportunities. Guided tours and other excursions are widely available and cater to many different fitness levels.

-Historical attractions: Inverlochy Castle is a short drive away from holiday cottages in Fort William. Originally built in the 13th century, the castle played an integral role in the first and second battles of Inverlochy. As a result it is considered one of Scotland’s most important castles. It remained intact until the 17th century when it was abandoned in favour of a fort further down the river. This fort eventually developed into modern-day Fort William. Though Inverlochy Castle is in ruins today, it is unique in that it has remained relatively unchanged since it was first constructed nearly 800 years ago.

-Family attractions: The Jacobite Steam Train is a vintage steam engine that takes passengers on an 84-mile round-trip journey from Fort William to the fishing village of Mallaig and back. The route begins under the shadow of Ben Nevis and winds its way through 19th-century villages and remarkable geographic features. The train runs twice daily from mid-May until late-October and is one of the most relaxing ways to take in the scenery of the Highlands.

-Outdoor pursuits: The Great Glen Way is a popular walking and cycle path between Fort William and Inverness. The path is 65 miles long and passes Loch Lochy, Fort Augustus, and Loch Ness en route to Inverness. As one of Scotland’s most famous hiking trails, detailed information is available regarding each leg of the trail. Generally speaking, the first half of The Great Glen Way is fairly flat and suitable for novice hikers and cyclists. The terrain gets progressively more challenging past Fort Augustus and into Inverness.

Weather in Fort William

Rain is the predominant characteristic of Fort William's weather. The annual rainfall average is roughly 1900mm; more than triple the amount London receives! May and June are the driest and two of the warmest months to visit, but bring a raincoat and any time of the year will do. Temperatures peek at 18°C from June through August and cool considerably from there. Winters are very wet and cold: sub-zero temperatures and snowfall are not uncommon.

Travel to Fort William

They might be remote, but getting to holiday cottages in Fort William is a fairly straightforward affair. Many visitors choose to fly to either Glasgow (a three hour-drive away) or Inverness airport (a 90-minute drive away) and hire a car. It’s also possible to reach the town by train. Direct overnight sleeper trains are available from London. Trains also depart Glasgow for Fort William several times daily.

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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Fantastic stay here

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We was looking forward to staying here right from booking & we wasn't disappointed. Lcch view, Hunters lodge has everything you need for a relaxing stay. Well fitted galley kitchen with microwave cooker, hob & dishwasher. The washing machine is located downstairs hidden away. The views here are amazing, changing every minute through the huge Windows. A side window where you can here the rolling water from the hills that flows to the loch. Comfortable sofas & soft lighting to watch the weather change over the hills & loch. Great shower in a spacious bathroom so plenty of room for toiletries with lots of soft fluffy towels. The bedroom also has a velux window with views to the patio & back garden. The bed was really comfortable & so warm & cosy. A wardrobe with plenty of hangers & bedside cabinets with lamps for evening. Plenty of electric points too which is a good thing. The drive to Loch View is accessed through a large gate for added security. There's plenty of places to eat out if you want a break from cooking, like the Holly Tree where the foods really good & decking out the back. Turn right & Cross the road to find the path, walk or cycle left along the Loch, it's quiet breath taking, approx 20 mins walk or so. You,l love it at Loch View you won't be disappointed.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 13-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                      Lovely cottage warm and welcoming, great location easy walk into village. Millie our dog loved it to

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Fab property great facilities great stay .
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 11-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                      Fantastic house in a great peaceful location

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      House is in a great location and sit's right on the shore of Loch Linnhe, we took 2 sit on top kayak's with us and we had load's of fun kayaking on the loch. It has large spacious room's with great views. The view from the kitchen window of Ben Nevis is amazing (if you get sunny weather) to enjoy it. The house has lot's of book's and games which we used when the weather was not so good. The house is equipped with everything you need to make your holiday an enjoyable one. There is a car ferry only a short drive away to get you across the loch or you can choose to leave the car and get a little foot ferry to visit Fort William if you wish. We saw lot's of wildlife whilst we were there, my daughter and husband saw a seal in the loch and we were all extremely lucky to see some stag's and deer in the garden . There was no binoculars there when we arrived which I feel there should be, but a quick text to the owner and within a couple of day's she had ordered a pair and they arrived, this made watching the stag's a real treat. The property was not as clean as it should have been upon arrival and with time the house could be amazing. The owner sent us lot's of information before we arrived telling us about the local area and followed this up with a phone call a few day's before our holiday to ask if we had any further questions, which I thought was nice. The customer service from the owner was outstanding. The house was warm and cozy and we cannot wait to visit again next year but for 2 weeks this time and not 1.We would recommend this property to friends and family Thank you for letting us enjoy your home.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 06-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2016