Lawriestone Guest House
Fort William

Our 4 Star B&B is an ideal base for exploring Fort William, Lochaber & the Scottish Highlands

Jacobite steam train Glencoe Castle Tioram Loch Linnhe View from Ben Nevis

In and around Fort William, you get spectacular views of Ben Nevis. The gondola at the Nevis Range is open all year (except for mid November - mid December) and from the top there are wonderful views of the town, Loch Linnhe and Loch Eil. The area is used for skiing and snowboarding in the winter. Nearby Glen Nevis (where the film Braveheart was made) is a popular walking and climbing area.

Jacobite Steam Train
Jacobite Steam Train

For a pleasant outing take the scenic Road to the Isles to Mallaig (45 miles) where the ferry departs for Skye. Along the way you can enjoy beaches such as the Silver Sands at Morar or take a cruise to the Small Isles. Day trips on a steam train are available from Fort William to Mallaig during the summer months.

Ben Nevis seen from Corpach
Ben Nevis seen from Corpach

4 miles from Fort William, at Corpach is Neptune's Staircase - a series of lock gates on the Caledonian Canal. It enables boats passing through the canal to be raised or lowered the 30 metre difference between Loch Linnhe and Loch Lochy. The canal cuts across the Highlands to the east coast. Also at Corpach is the Treasures of the Earth, Europe's finest private collection of crystals, gemstones and fossils.

Neptune's Staircase on the Caledonian Canal at Corpach
Neptune's Staircase

Overlooking Spean Bridge is the famous Commando Memorial, a tribute to those who trained here and served in WW2.

Glencoe, another area of scenic beauty, popular with walkers, climbers and skiiers is a short drive from Fort William.

Glenfinnan and Loch Shiel
Glenfinnan & Loch Shiel

Only 25 minutes along the Road to the Isles is the Glenfinnan Monument. Surrounded by hills at the head of Loch Shiel, it overlooks a wonderful sea inlet with local boat trips. The National Trust Visitor Centre here features the story of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite Rebellion. The picturesque station has a railway museum.

Glencoe
Glencoe

Slightly further afield, but still within a day's drive, are places such as:
Oban (50 miles)
Inverness (65 miles)
Skye Bridge (75 miles)

Eilean Donan Castle is less than 70 miles away on the road to Skye.

Eilean Donan Castle
Eilean Donan Castle

There are also plenty of events throughout the year including the Fort William Mountain Festival (February), Lochaber Marathon (April), Scottish Six Day Motorcycle Trials (May), Wild Lochaber Festival (May), UCI Mountain Bike World Cup (June), Road to the Isles Agricultural Show (June), Glengarry Highland Games (July), Arisaig Highland Games (July), Mallaig & Morar Highland Games (August), Glenfinnan Highland Gathering (August), Lochaber Agricultural Show (August), Ben Nevis Race (September) and Glencoe Marathon (October).

Rannoch Moor

Jim & Susan Smith
Lawriestone Guest House
Achintore Road
Fort William PH33 6RQ