Fort William and Scotch on the Rocks

Fort William and Scotch on the Rocks

A delightful 5 day tour exploring the best of the West Highlands

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A delightful 5 day tour exploring the best of the West Highlands

Fort William:

Fort William, the largest town in the Highlands and situated at the southern end of the Great Glen, lies in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain. This area is a fine location to use as a base to discover the West Highlands.

 

Magical Mull

Mull is the largest of the islands of Argyll and the third largest in Scotland. It has a rich cultural heritage and some of the most stunning land and seascapes to be found. The island's main town, Tobermory, is famed for the cheerful colours of its waterfront buildings and the yachts bobbing in the natural harbo

Iona

Off the rocky Ross of Mull lies the little island of Iona, steeped in history as the birthplace of Christianity in Scotland. It was from here that St Columba spread the word across the ancient kingdom, and the island instils an inner peace in the visitor, no more so than in the tranquil Iona Abbey. His life is celebrated at the Columba Centre at Fionnphort

 

Neptune's Staircase is what is known as a staircase lock, comprising eight locks on the Caledonian Canal. Built by Thomas Telford between 1803 and 1822. It is the longest staircase lock in Britain lifting boats 64 feet.The system was originally hand-powered but has been converted to hydraulic operation.

Commando Monument

The Commando Memorial is a Category A listed monument dedicated to the men of the original British Commando Forces raised during World War II. Situated around a mile from Spean Bridge village, it overlooks the training areas of the Commando Training Depot established in 1942 at Achnacarry Castle. Unveiled in 1952 by the Queen Mother, it has become one of the United Kingdom's best-known monuments, both as a war memorial and as a tourist attraction offering views of Ben Nevis and Aonach Mor.

Ben Nevis Whisky Distillery

When you are visiting Fort William, come on in for a guided tour around our 178 year old whisky distillery, meet a giant of a man, Hector McDram, visit our whisky shop and restaurant then 'take a dram' with us and savour the Uisge beatha - the water of life.

Legend tells of the Scottish giant Hector McDram who shaped the valleys and mountains of Ben Nevis with his bare hands. As he rested after his labours he brewed himself a relaxing drink made from a fresh water stream - when it happened, 'an accident, a mystery, a miracle, the work of God... like dew from the heavens, water of life itself'.

 

West Highland Line

From Fort William you’ll hug the bank of Loch Eil for almost six and a half miles before experiencing the iconic curve of the Glenfinnan Viaduct, immortalised by the Harry Potter films as part of the route to Hogwarts.

After enjoying the stark beauty of Lochs Eilt, Ailort and Nan Uamh you’ll find yourself in yet another movie location as Morar’s sandy shores glide into view, home to the characters of Local Hero. And before you know it, you’ll have reached Mallaig where the views to the Isle of Skye where we take the short ferry trip across to the island itself.

Glenfinnan Viaduct

Glenfinnan attracts many thousands of visitors from around the world to experience the stunning scenery but also the special atmosphere. The famous Glenfinnan viaduct carries the railway to Glenfinnan Station across a 1,000 ft span, 100 ft above the ground. The Jacobite steam train runs from here to Fort William and Mallaig in the summer months with regular trains available the rest of the year.

The filming of the second and third Harry Potter books, Harry Potter and the Chambers of Secret and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban took place in this area with the Hogwarts Express calling at Glenfinnan! 

Day 1

A morning departure from Cumbria as we head north via Moffat and Glasgow to Loch Lomond, time at leisure for lunch before continuing past Tyndrum, beautiful Glencoe and Ballachulish on our way to Fort William and the West End Hotel. Dinner in the hotel tonight.

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Day 2

After breakfast in the hotel, we travel by coach hugging the shoreline of Loch Linnhe before we arrive in Oban to board the 40 minute ferry crossing to the Isle of Mull. The day continues heading past imposing Duart Castle to the Sacred Isle of Iona. Time is spent strolling along the beaches and visiting the Abbey, the resting place of over 100 Scottish Kings. After our visit we retrace our journey to Oban and Fort William. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 3

Morning at leisure in Fort William, enjoy one of the Highlands principle towns before embarking on a short drive around the area. See boats of all sizes navigating the 8 locks of Neptunes Staircase, stop for photos at The Commando Monument, Spean Bridge, and then we finish the day with a whisky tour and tasting at Ben Nevis Whisky Distillery. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 4

Following breakfast in the hotel ,we join the train in Fort William for a single journey on what is arguably the most scenic railway journey in the UK. It snakes its way through the glens, along loch sides and over the 21 arched Glenfinnan Viaduct, to Mallaig, on arrival we rejoin our coach and board the ferry to the Isle of Skye. We take in the scenery of southern Skye, with the Cuilins Mountain Range coming into view. We stop in Broadford for an included light lunch. We head over the bridge back to the mainland completing our circular tour back to Fort William. Final dinner in the hotel.

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Day 5

Breakfast in the hotel prior to leaving for the return journey to Cumbria, arriving home early evening.

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B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

West End Hotel, Fort William

Nestling in the shadow of Ben Nevis, and with views stretching along Loch Linnhe the West End Hotel in Fort William is a home from home in the Scottish Highlands. Our desire is to offer you a friendly and relaxed atmsophere and service to ensure your stay is enjoyable, relaxed and carefree.

Traditional Highland hospitality at it’s very best awaits.

Our bedrooms are spacious and comfortable with many having a view of the loch and surrounding mountains. All rooms are en suite with central heating and TV, tea and coffee making facilities as well as direct dial telephone are also included. All rooms have a vanity table, storage, extra chairs and useful visitor information.

We offer a wide selection of dishes to cater for all tastes with particular emphasis on locally sourced seafood. Our bar offers a wide selection of wines, spirits and beers, and you can enjoy a dram of “Ben Nevis Whisky” or a pint of our real ale, “Nessie’s Monster Mash”, while watching the sun set over Loch Linnhe.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
High Hesket Palmerstons Furniture Store
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Old Bus Station Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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