Fort William and Lochaber is, as you can see from the photography on this site, a place where you can enjoy superb scenery all year round. We have Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain, Munros for walking and climbing, routes for cycling, rivers and lochs for fishing or sailing, fresh clean air and many outdoor sports: The Outdoor Capital of the UK. Please see our guide to the area and activites web site: www.magicscotland.com
Not only can you take part in a huge variety of outdoor activities, on land, in the air and on the water, but you can do it in some of the most dramatic Scottish locations imaginable often used in major movies. After a full day there are great restaurants to enjoy: The Smiddy, Inverlochy Castle, The Lime Tree, The Crannog and The Seafood Cafe, to mention a few.
West Lodge is so well equipped and after a long soak in one of the luxurious baths, there cannot be anything nicer that relaxing in the lounge in front of the wood fire or on those better evenings, looking across Loch Linnhe from the patio.
Let Britain's only mountain gondola transport you to 650m on the slopes of Aonach Mor. Meander along the mountain trails to the panoramic viewpoints, then relax in the restaurant & bar with breathtaking views. Nevis Range offer access to so much more: ZoomTrax, High Wire Adventure, Summer Ceilidh Nights, Scenic chair ride, Mountain Biking, Family Cycling, Walks to Mountain Viewpoints, Forest Walks, Mountain Discovery Centre, Paragliding, Ski and Snowboard and Winter Climbing..
The track to the summit of Ben Nevis is an objective of many who visit Fort William. The difficulty of the climb should not be underestimated and there are several web sites that give advice about this endeavour and weather conditions should be carefully checked. The image above links to Walk Highlands web site. Ben Nevis is 1344m (4,406ft) high; the Mountain Track is around 16km (start to finish) and you should plan to take about 8 hours for an ascent of the Ben, depending on how fit you are.
Described as the greatest railway journey in the world, this 84 mile round trip takes you past a list of impressive extremes. Starting near the highest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis, it visits Britain’s most westerly mainland railway station, Arisaig; passes close by the deepest freshwater loch in Britain, Loch Morar and the shortest river in Britain, River Morar, finally arriving next to the deepest seawater loch in Europe, Loch Nevis!.
West Lodge has been carefully designed and renovated by the husband and wife team, John and Joan Campbell. John is well known for the quality of his work as a joiner and builder. Joan has the eye of a true designer and sets extremely high standards in all the decor, fittings and furnishings used in their properties.
They have also created The Old Byre self catering cottage and the award winning guest house at The Grange arguably one of the premier places to stay in the area.
Why The Highlands?
What a spectacular drive, all the way from Crianlarich deep into the heart of the Highlands, through stunning Glen Coe beneath atmospheric mountains, along the side of Loch Linnhe and almost to Fort William.
West Lodge is a short distance from Fort William and is walkable in about 20 minutes along the pavement beside the road.
There is plenty of parking right outside the cottage.