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Highland Ski Area opens on earliest date for 13 years

By Craig Murphy

Following persistent early snowfall skiers and snowboarders will be able to take to the slopes of Nevis Range, Fort William, in the  Outdoor Capital of the UK, this weekend (Saturday 4 and Sunday 5  December), two weeks earlier than scheduled and the ski area’s  earliest season opening for thirteen years.

Snow has been falling on the slopes for almost a month, a good base has built up and the conditions are now looking fantastic.

The resort has been in the process of carrying out its annual  maintenance schedule, which includes working on its gondola system,  ski lifts and tows.  Howeve, by working round the clock the team of  engineers will have all the maintenance completed in time for the opening weekend.

The resort is in the process of expanding its Equipment Hire and building a new café bar restaurant.  Unfortunately the new Equipment  Hire will not be ready for this weekend and customers are advised to  hire equipment before they travel.

Marian Austin, Nevis Range MD commented, ‘We hadn’t planned to open  until Saturday 18 December, but with the recent snowfall the  conditions have been improving steadily, so decided to open early this  weekend.  Thanks must go to our engineering team who have been working  tirelessly so that we will can open early.  This will be the earliest  date we have opened since 1996 when we opened for one day in November.’

She continued, ‘So far our roads have been clear.  We’re lucky, our  car park is just above sea level and once people arrive, the gondola  takes them quickly up the mountain to the ski area.  However customers  are advised to keep watching the websites for the latest snow and  weather conditions.’


bed & breakfast

Featured Bed and Breakfast listings in and around Fort William

Bed and Breakfast - Muirshearlich

Bed and Breakfast - Muirshearlich

FeaturedTigh-a-Ghlinne bed and breakfast, close by the town of Fort William, with marvelous views of the Caledonian Canal and Ben Nevis, has all the comforts needed by the weary traveller.   Not only is this delightful bungalow set in a rural location,   but is also close by for a restaurant and pub.

email: – Tel: 01397 712578 – to visit this site, click the picture

Double, twin and en-suite facilities, breakfast in either the dining room, kitchen or, weather permitting, the breakfast-decked area.   Use of kitchen, a guest lounge with books, hifi, dvd player and wifi is included.

Fantastic hospitality! How all B&Bs should be! See you on our next trip to Scotland.


Address: North Road, Fort William, PH33 6TQ

Tel: 01397702977

Inverlochy villas Bed & Breakfast

Inverlochy villas Bed & Breakfast


FeaturedInverlochy Villas, being the Fort William B&B closest to Ben Nevis, offers spectacular view and remarkable amenities including breakfast in bed. Reasonable rates, and first class service.

We recommend spending some time with hosts John and Adrian, who have a good many stories to share about the local area, recommended sites to visit, and those to avoid. Make your stay complete with a complimentary nightcap, a lovely whisky from the nearby Ben Nevis Distillery.

loved the breakfast in bed, really felt spoilt this trip to Scotland, will be back!

Address:   Station Road, Corpach, Fort William, PH33 7JH

Kildonan Bed & Breakfast

Kildonan Bed & Breakfast

Tel:   01397772872


Featured – Gorgeous 3-Star B and B in Fort William! Kildonan is just 3 minutes from train station, bus stop, and major attractions, yet off the main roads for peace and quiet as well.

Be sure to check out the website for great offers, photos of the rooms and common areas, and contact information for Kildonan Fort William Bed and Breakfast.

fabulous attentive hosts, very clean and neat accommodation.

Bracarina Bed and Breakfast

Address:   Bracarina, Mallaig, PH40 4PE
Tel:   01687462164

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Fassfern Bed and Breakfast
Address:   Achintore Road-Gordon Square, Fort William, PH33 6RQ
Tel:   01397704298

Fassfern Bed and Breakfast is a lovely Victorian stone villa just a couple of minutes walk from the heart of Fort William. All rooms are en-suite and priced very competitively considering the splendid views of Loch Linnhe and the Ardgour Hills.

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Forest View B&B
Address: 24 Wades Road, Kinlochleven, PH50 4QX
Tel: 01855 831302

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Glen Albyn Lodge
Address:   Glen Albyn Lodge, Invergarry, PH35 4HL
Tel:   01809501348


An outstanding Bed and Breakfast Home – Located in Invergarry “The Heart of The Highlands” – The perfect tour base for seeing all that is best in The Highlands.

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Tailrace Inn
Address: Riverside Road, Kinlochleven, PH50 4QH
Tel: 01855 831777

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Searching for the perfect place to stay near Fort William? Our Lochaber Accommodation directory provides a listing of all the places to stay. These include Bed and Breakfasts, Camping, Caravans, Guest Houses, Hostels, Hotels, and Residential Care Homes.

INFO….. ADD ME – f your business isn’t listed, but does serve the Lochaber Region, or if you would like to get listed here, then please use the ADD ME link   and we will be glad to assist.

Places to stay in Lochaber range from a Spartan mom and pop guest house, to four star hotels, generally being priced accordingly. Fort William area accommodations are plentiful, though booking early is recommended, as tourist season is quite busy.

Things to do …. When coming to the Highlands of Scotland, there are a great many reasons to stay in Fort William. Being central to many of the popular sites is just one good reason. All within a short drive include the Isle of Skye, Loch Ness, Ben Nevis, Neptune’s Staircase, Mallaig, Morar, Harry Potter’s Hogarwarts Express, the Glenfinnan Viaduct, and much much more.

Where to stay .... Nearly all Fort William Bed Breakfast accommodation offers a taste of what the Highlands are all about. See the Bed and Breakfast, Hotels, Self-catering and Hostels pages. Hosts are frequently long time residents of the area, with delightful insights and stories about what is happening in the area, and reflect the personality of the region.

Fort William is strategically located in the Western Highlands of Scotland, approximately half-way between Glasgow and Inverness. It is small enough of a town to not suffer the big city traffic and issues, while large enough to have plenty of shopping and choices for dining and accommodation.

Bed and Breakfast choices located in Lochaber, either in or near Fort William, and are definitely worthy of consideration in making accommodation choices.