Fort William Fort William, situated on Loch Linnhe, stretches along High Street, where there are restaurants, cafes, supermarkets, shops with any outdoor gear, and kids might see a high school band with bagpipes and drums marching along. Fort William easily accessible by train or car, and is centrally located for exploring the magnificent Highlands scenery in all directions. Here's our favorite things to do with kids in and around Fort William. From Fort William, the train passes over the Glenfinnan viaduct, along the lochs, to Mallaig on the coast.
Along with the thousands and boarders and skiers hitting the slopes have been an increasing number of pioneer snowshoers, with the sport proving particularly attractive to those new to the thrill and excitement of snow sports.
Constructed along the north face of Aonach Dor is the Nevis Range mountain gondola system, the only one of its kind in the UK Sit back, as you are effortlessly transported from to 2, feet, and you can enjoy the breathtaking views of the Scottish Highlands, including the Great Glen, Ben Nevis, and surrounding areas.
On a clear day the spectacular vistas extend as far as the Inner Hebrides. Indeed, the location is so special that each visit to Nevis Range, even if only a few weeks apart, can seem very different because of changing seasonal colours and weather conditions.
And once you arrive at the top, just to rub it and make your friends really jealous,you can send your postcards from the highest post box in Scotland; one that also boasts its own special stamp.
Jeff Starkey recommends first heading off underneath the Great Glen chair in the direction of Rob Roy. Then traverse around into Coire Dubh to the Braveheart chair return, which will take around an hour. However, although Jeff is keen to advocate snowshoeing as a sport for all, he is equally quick to remind everyone to make sure they are always properly equipped and stay within their physical and navigational capabilities.
There are plans to increase the amount of snowshoeing equipment available for hire, if interest in the sport continues to grow.
Having some knowledge of the mountains around Nevis Range through summer hiking, I was immediately impressed with the territory I could access, simply because of my snowshoes. Although reduced from its record midwinter depths, there was still considerable snow coverage and, despite a fairly heavy mist, the visible scenery was still breathtaking.
Nevis Range certainly caters for its visitors, with a host of attractions and amenities, including the Pinemarten Cafe Bar and Snowgoose Restaurant. Both have amazing views, are perfect for coffee, lunch or afternoon tea and use local produce, particularly the superb meat and fish from the surrounding locality, wherever possible.
The timber facing is Lochaber larch from the sawmill seven miles away.
At the same time, a woodchip boiler was installed to provide heat and hot water for the base station. Skiers, boarders and snowshoers will often find themselves sharing the gondola with experienced climbers on their way to the many challenging winter routes in the surrounding area, as well as handgliders and paragliders.
Nevis Range is also a major mountain bike centre, home of the world-famous world cup down hill. And just as you may be surprised by the snow cover enjoyed in the Scottish Highlands, predictably negative preconceptions about capricious Scottish weather are also not wholly accurate.
From luxurious hotels to small bed and breakfasts, modern hostels, comfortable guesthouses and traditional inns, all tastes and budgets are catered for.
And for hardy types who think nothing of pitching their tent, whatever the weather, remember Scotland allows and encourages responsible wild camping — and the Fort William area also boasts several dedicated campsites that are open throughout the year.
Smoked salmon, speciality cheeses and venison are among some of the perennial favourites and can be sampled in a number of award-winning restaurants in Fort William and surrounding villages.
Alternatively, if you want to experience local traditions, including a range of live music with your food, try one of the many historic inns and pubs in the area, some of whom brew their own beer.
Have a look at http: A newcomer to the restaurant scene, rapidly gaining a reputation for good food in an interesting environment, is the Michelin-listed Lime Treewhich also contains a gallery showcasing local artistic talent, national touring collections and contemporary art exhibitions.
As well as snowsports, winter climbing and mountain biking, Nevis Range also offers high wire adventures for adults and children, while along the nearby coasts you can try your hand at sea kayaking, white water rafting and canyoning.
Find out about more at: But the West Highlands is not just about adrenaline rushes. Lochaber was once the heartland of the clan system before the Highland Clearances forced much of the population to move south, or across the seas.
Glencoe, scene of the infamous massacre, is only a few miles away, and maps and books charting the history of family names and tartans are widely available.
The West Highland Museum in the centre of Fort William showcases some interesting aspects of life in the West Highlands, including a section on the 17th century Jacobite Rebellions and a visual history of the Commando HQ in nearby Spean Bridge, which trained members of special forces from around the world during World War Two.
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