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Weekend Breaks to Fort William

Planning a short break to Fort William? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Fort William. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Fort William. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Old Inverlochy Castle

Built in the 13th Century and just 2 miles north of Fort William, this castle looms large in the pages of Scottish history. The castle still has round corner towers and a walled courtyard.

In 1645 a small army of Scots defeated government forces although 1 500 men were lost on that day.

Neptune’s Staircase

Northwest of Fort William a series of none locks were contructed at the same time as the Caledonian Canal, to raise it by 64ft. Considered one of Scotland’s most important engineering triumphs of the 19th century. The eastern coast of Inverness was connected to the western seacoast of Fort William via this canal, thus greatly shortening the distance for moving goods from the North Sea to the Atlantic Ocean.

Scottish Crafts and Whiskey Centre

135-139 High Street – This amazing shop has a good mix of the best of all things Scottish. Regionally produced jewellery, rugs, clothing and whiskey for the connoisseur. Here you will find limited edition and very rare bottles of whiskey including a 1958 Ben Nevis blend. Don’t go without money to spare, as you’re bound to find something you really can’t do without.

West Highland Museum

Cameron Square – Shedding light on all aspects of the local history, especially the 1745 Jacobite Rising, this Museum also has sections on tartans and folk life. Open everyday from 10am admission is $3.20 for adults and $.80 for children.

Visit them on their website at fort-william.net/museum

Inverlochy Castle Restaurant

Said to be one of the grandest restaurants in Britain, the cuisine here has been celebrated ever since Queen Victoria popped in for a bite to eat. Salmon from Spean, crayfish from Loch Linnhe and produce from the hotel’s own gardens are all found on the menu. Grouse and Partridge are offered during the season and the chef’s do their own baking. Dinner is served in elaborately decorated rooms, with furniture presented as gifts from the king of Norway. Both the food and the service is superb, but be warned, it comes at a high price. The restaurant is closed in January and February and should you wish to visit, bookings are required. Telephone 01397 702 177. The location is Torlundy, Fort William PH 33.

Off Beat Bikes

117 High Street – Since Fort William is relatively flat, consider renting a bike for a day to get you around. Produce your ID as a deposit, then explore around the town and countryside at your own pace. Open from Monday to Saturday between 9am and 5.30pm and on Sunday from 9.30am to 5pm.

'Ben Nevis (4,406ft)

situated in the Central Highlands, this is the tallest mountain in Britain and if you have eight hours to spare and are fairly fit, this might be a challenge for you. Before leaving discuss the climb with the staff at the tourist office in Fort William. Unfortunately the weather can be very unpredictable, but if you are lucky enough to reach the summit on a clear day you will be able to see the Irish foothills 120 miles away, the Hebridean Isle of Rhum, 92 miles away and the Glencoe peaks. If this is all too much for you, a cable car will take you to a height of 2,300 ft. still with a wonderful view.

Please go to www.nevis-range.co.uk for more info

Ben Nevis Bar

03 – 109 High Street – If you happen to be in Fort William on a Thursday or Friday, head down to this pub to listen to the free entertainment by rock, blues, jazz and folk bands, in great company and any beer your heart desires.

McTavish’s Kitchen, High Street

Every night from May through to September the Kitchen presents a Scottish show especially for the tourists. It’s fun and corny, with tartan-clad dancers, bagpipes and other traditional instruments being played for the audience. On from 8 to 10pm, the show will have you rolling about with laughter. Whilst there try their “Taste of Scotland” three course meal. This is a really enjoyable evening at reasonable prices.

Granite House, High Street

This amazing shop is like a mini-department store, with the owners of the establishment calling themselves ‘giftmongers’. Practically anything Scottish can be bought here, from silver pieces of jewellery, both modern and traditional, china, crystal, Wedgewood, CDs and an array of traditional musical instruments.

They also stock traditional toys for all ages.

See the website www.granitehouse.co.uk

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The Grog & Gruel

Atmospheric Traditional Alehouse & Restaurant situated on the High Street in Fort William. Specialises in Cask Conditioned Ales and has a large selection of malt whiskies. Bar food throughout the day and popular evening restaurant upstairs serving an eclectic mix of Tex-Mex, homemade pizzas and burgers and more traditional favourites. Warm welcome, great atmosphere and popular with visitors to the town.

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