Nestled on the shores of Loch Linnhe with a backdrop of snowy mountains, Fort William's setting has to be one of Scotland's most spectacular. Known as the 'Outdoor Capital of the UK', it is the gateway to Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, and attracts climbers from far and wide. It's a four-hour hike to the 1,345m summit, where the views across the Highlands are breathtaking. The rugged, mountainous scenery surrounding Fort William is a paradise for walking and wildlife-watching, with countless loch-side footpaths, where deer and eagles are often spotted. Exploring the area's dramatic landscapes, it's easy to see why they have appeared in so many films, including Braveheart and the Harry Potter series. Fort William is also at the end of two renowned walking routes - the West Highland Way and the Great Glen Way.
As part of a holding of chalets, Glen Dessary is a compact and cheerful Fort William holiday home in Argyll. For a truly remote rural getaway with your partner or family, this coastal holiday lodge offers all you need in a homely base for exploring the Highlands and the Western Isles.
Keeper Cottage West stands at the most westerly point of mainland Britain, nestled below the majestic Ardnamurchan Lighthouse on the shores of Loch Linnhe, the gateway to Ben Nevis. This cosy granite, pet-friendly seaside cottage with WiFi sleeps 4 in a lovely remote rural location.
Comraich (Gaelic for sanctuary and protection) is a well-furnished and homely wooden holiday let sleeping 6, with every self-catering amenity a family can enjoy. Situated on a remote rural hillside behind the village of Kilchoan, it has wonderful sea views over to the Isle of Mull. Pets welcome.
From your holiday cottage in Fort William, the bustling town centre will be a stroll away, with plenty of outdoor shops, activity centres and a scattering of atmospheric pubs where you can enjoy a dram of the finest Scottish whisky. On the pedestrianised High Street, you will find a variety of cafes and restaurants, many of which serve delicious food, prepared with the finest locally sourced ingredients. Award-winning Crannog Seafood Restaurant is a good bet if you're not sure where to start. For rainy day leisure activities, try The Highland Club in the grounds of an old Benedictine Abbey on the shores of Loch Ness, where you will find a heated indoor pool, tennis courts and other facilities for a healthy holiday. Fort William has a number of interesting landmarks to look out for, including the Old Fort, St Mary's Catholic Church and the Ben Nevis Distillery. The West Highland Museum is well worth a visit.
Self-catering holidays in Fort William are ideal for visitors who want to make the most of the Highlands. Glencoe is a scenic 15-mile drive southward, with a steep valley, known for its waterfalls and beautiful mountain trails. Head west and you will soon reach the coast, with ferries to the Isle of Skye and the Hebrides.