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The online guide to the Fort William area including Banavie, Caol, Claggan, Corpach, Glen Nevis, Inverlochy, Tomacharich & Torlundy

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The Caledonian Canal

The Caledonian Canal is a major feature in the landscape of the Fort William area and of course, the Great Glen. A natural geological fault line stretching from Fort William in the south west to Inverness in the north east, it was designed and constructed by Thomas Telford and opened to shipping in 1822. Today the Caledonian Canal is owned and operated by British Waterways.

Here at Fort William, the southern end of the Great Glen, the Caledonian Canal allows vessels to enter from Loch Linnhe and the Atlantic Ocean, and make passage through the Great Glen by canal lock systems and natural fresh water lochs, including Loch Ness, to Inverness and the North Sea.

Between Corpach, Banavie, Gairlochy, Loch Lochy and Loch Oich, the canal provides an opportunity to explore its lock gates and banks. The Canal towpath also forms part of the Great Glen Way a walking or cycle route. Watching commercial shipping and pleasure craft navigate the lock gates at Corpach Basin, Neptune's Staircase at Banavie and Gairlochy near Spean Bridge makes for an interesting day out in Lochaber.

All along the Canal route you can enjoy wonderful views of Ben Nevis and the Grey Corries, spot birds and wildlife and generally enjoy the peaceful nature of the Canal Way. If you would like to stay in a place near the canal, but still only a short drive to Fort William, this page lists accommodation businesses in our Lochaber Directory who are within walking distance of the canal.

There is a cycle route along one of the Canal banks and the Great Glen Way takes walkers along the Canalside for the first section of the journey through the Great Glen.

One local holiday operator - Caledonian Discovery, operate the vessel "Fingal" which will take you on a week's cruise either up to Inverness, or  down to Fort William. They also provide walking, cycling and watersports along the way.

Local businesses from the Lochaber Directory, and who are based or located near the Canal are shown below for your convenience and interest.

Glengarry Castle Hotel

Glengarry Castle Hotel
Glengarry Castle Hotel is a comfortable country house hotel with a jewel of a setting on the shores of Loch Oich, which lies between Loch Ness and Loch Lochy at the heart of the Great Glen in the Highlands of Scotland. Glengarry Castle Hotel is a...
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Invergarry,
Tel: 0044 (0)1809 501254

Torbeag House - B & B near Ben Nevis

Torbeag House - B & B near Ben Nevis
Torbeag House is just 4 miles from the Highland town of Fort William, (the Outdoor Capital of the UK), yet set in the peace and tranquility of the Great Glen, facing Ben Nevis Britain's highest mountain. Torbeag is a substantial family...
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Torbeag House, Muirshearlich, Banavie, Fort William, PH337PB
Tel: 01397 772 412

Glenloy Lodge - B&B near Fort William

Glenloy Lodge - B&B near Fort William
Glenloy Lodge is 7 miles from Fort William on the Banavie to Gairlochy road, along the Caledonian Canal with wonderful views over the Nevis Range mountains. The former hunting lodge has 8 comfortable ensuite rooms and is situated at the entrance...
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Glenloy Lodge, Near Banavie, PH33 7PD
Tel: 447817443370

Carinbrook Guesthouse

Carinbrook Guesthouse
Here at Carinbrook Bed and Breakfast in Fort William, you will receive a warm, Highland welcome to our home. Carinbrook offers one twin-bedded ensuite and three double ensuite B&B rooms, plus one single ensuite room. Each of our comfortable...
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Carinbrook, Banavie, Fort William, PH33 7LX
Tel: 01397 772318

The Lochy Bar & Restaurant Fort William

The Lochy Bar & Restaurant Fort William
The Lochy Bar and Restaurant is extremely popular with locals and visitors. We are located on the edge of Caol village and near Banavie, by the Caledonian Canal - perfect for visiting yachts and visitors staying in the area. Our family restaurant...
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Kilmallie Road, Caol, Fort William, PH33 7BA
Tel: +44 (0) 1397 703 587

Chase The Wild Goose Hostel Fort William

Chase The Wild Goose Hostel Fort William
A very warm welcome to Chase The Wild Goose Hostel. Located just a short distance from Fort William town centre, the hostel is an ideal base for climbing Ben Nevis, visiting the Nevis Range and riding the Jacobite Steam Train (aka Hogwarts...
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Chase The Wild Goose Hostel, Banavie, Fort William, PH33 7LY
Tel: 01397 772531

Gairlochy Bay

Gairlochy Bay
For a unique self catering holiday on the banks of Loch Lochy and the Caledonian Canal go to www.gairlochyhighlandholidays.com. Both properties sleep up to 8 people. Gairlochy Bay is built of log with exposed wood on the inside. Wood burner and...
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Gairlochy, None, Fort William, PH34 4EQ
Tel: 01397 712718

Snowgoose Mountain Centre & The Smiddy Bunkhouse

Snowgoose Mountain Centre & The Smiddy Bunkhouse
Snowgoose Mountain Centre offers mountain & water based skills training and guiding on the West Coast of Scotland. Our family run business provides from family days out on the water or crag to winter skills training and wilderness expeditions...
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Station Road, Corpach, Corpach, Fort William, PH33 7JH
Tel: 01397 772467

Letterfinlay Lodge Hotel

Letterfinlay Lodge Hotel
Letterfinley is perfectly positioned by the shore of Loch Lochy in the Great Glen. This long established Highland hotel, restaurant and lodge, offers fabulous views over to the west from our lochside deck. We are a pleasant 30 minutes north of...
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Letterfinlay, Loch Lochy, Spean Bridge, PH34 4DZ
Tel: 01397 712622

Great Glen Hostel

Great Glen Hostel
The Great Glen Hostel is an independent hostel in South Laggan, a little hamlet at the heart of Scotland's Great Glen, 20 miles north of Fort William and 10 miles south of Loch Ness. Previously known as Loch Lochy SYHA, the hostel is now...
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South Laggan, Spean Bridge, PH34 4EA
Tel: 0044 (0) 1809 501 430

Lochaber Lodges - self catering holiday Fort William

Lochaber Lodges - self catering holiday Fort William
Our high quality timber lodges are located in the Great Glen by The Caledonian Canal, about 20 minutes from Fort William town centre. The views of Ben Nevis and the Grey Corries are magnificent! We offer a choice of 12 very comfortable log-built...
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by Banavie, Caledonian Canal, Gairlochy,
Tel: 07599 288 248

JJ's Cafe

JJ's Cafe
JJ's cafe is a family run cafe on the A830 2 miles from Fort William. We are open all year round 7 days a week from 8.00 am to 3.30 pm. We serve breakfast all day , homemade soups , homemade meals and Jane's fantastic home baking. We...
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Sheraton Retail Park, Lochybridge, Fort William, PH33 7NU
Tel: 01397 700532

Moorings Hotel

Moorings Hotel
The Moorings Hotel is one of the most desirable hotels in the Scottish Highlands offering the best accommodation, wedding and conference facilities. But don’t take our word for it, come along and experience the tranquillity and quality for...
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Banavie , Fort William, Banavie, Fort William, PH33 7LY
Tel: 01397 772797

Lapwing Rise Self Catering Accommodation

Lapwing Rise Self Catering Accommodation
Situated on a working croft just over 3 miles from Fort William this bright and spacious self catering bungalow sleeps up to 7 persons and enjoys wonderful views over the Caledonian Canal to Ben Nevis and the Aonach Mor ski slopes. This holiday...
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Lapwing Rise, Banavie, Fort William, Ph33 7LX
Tel: 0141 633 1949

Braeburn Guesthouse

Braeburn Guesthouse
John and Julie Mackin look forward to welcoming you to their spacious and beautifully appointed home, where your comfort is always our top priority. Braeburn is a family run house set in its own grounds with beautiful views of Loch Linnhe and the...
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Braeburn, Badabrie, Banavie, Fort William, PH33 7LX
Tel: 01397 772047

Fhithich self catering apartment

Fhithich self catering apartment
Fhithich is a modern second floor apartment, fully equipped to a high specification, including iPod docking station, Sky TV and DVD player. This cosy and comfortable apartment is a haven of peace and tranquility, so relax and unwind, and enjoy...
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Fort Augustus, PH32 4BD
Tel: 0044 (0) 7766 753563

Active Highs - outdoor activities Fort William

Active Highs - outdoor activities Fort William
Active Highs are a modern outdoor adventure centre offering quality outdoor activities including white water rafting, canyoning & gorge walking, canoeing, kayaking, climbing & abseiling, archery and mountain biking. We are based at The...
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The Great Glen Water Park, South Laggan, PH344EA
Tel: 01809 501459

Inverskilavulin Lodges - self catering near Fort William

Inverskilavulin Lodges - self catering near Fort William
Our two Fort William holiday lodges, Beinn Loy and Beinn Bhan are the holiday accommodation for small families and couples. Our luxury two bedroom lodges nestling at the foot of one of Scotland's Corbett hills, are quite near the Caledonian...
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Gairlochy,
Tel: +44 (0) 1671 840 228

Laragain Cottage - self catering by Fort William

Laragain Cottage - self catering by Fort William
This attractive holiday cottage is located one mile from Banavie and about 5 miles from Fort William town centre (10 minutes by car), The Moorings Hotel and restaurant is within walking distance. Laragain has two upstairs bedrooms - one twin and...
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2, laragain Cottages, Upper Banavie , ph33 7pb
Tel: 01397772707

Dontra Log Chalets

Dontra Log Chalets
Dontra Log Chalets provide quality self-catering accommodation in a peaceful, Highland setting which makes a perfect for a base for an active or restful holiday. The chalets have an extremely scenic and beautifully landscaped location with...
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Banavie, Fort William, PH33
Tel: 0044 (0) 1397 772 349

The Highland Mountain Company

The Highland Mountain Company
Situated at the base of Ben Nevis in Fort William The Highland Mountain Company offers and delivers high quality mountain guiding and instruction in a range of outdoor activities to families, friends and small groups. Our Aim - Is to deliver...
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31 Lochy Road, Inverlochy, Fort William, PH33 6NW
Tel: 07815 688608

Corriegour Lodge Hotel

Corriegour Lodge Hotel
Located just twenty minutes from Fort William, on an elevated position above beautiful Loch Lochy, overloooking the mountains of the Great Glen, we invite you to stay at Corriegour Lodge Hotel for a few days and to enjoy the very special ambience...
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Loch Lochy, Spean Bridge, PH34 4EA
Tel: 01397 712685

Rustic View Bed and Breakfast

Rustic View Bed and Breakfast
A superb, secluded Fort William bed and breakfast with it's own extensive gardens and views of Ben Nevis. We offer exceptional comfort in one of our ensuite rooms with every facility you might imagine from an established 4 Star property....
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Rustic View, Lochyside, Lochyside, Fort William, PH33 7NX
Tel: 01397 704709

Achnacarry Steading Apartments - self catering holidays

Achnacarry Steading Apartments - self catering holidays
* Late Availability* Osprey ( 2 bed self catering) 26th April. Stays of 3 nights + Tel. to book 01397712807 .Welcome to Achnacarry Steading Apartments - superb self catering accommodation near Fort William - located on the ancestral home of the...
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Achnacarry Steading Apartments, Achnacarry Estate, Achnacarry, PH344EJ
Tel: 01397 712807
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