Lapwing Rise & Stepps Cottage - Self Catering near Fort William Scotland


Self Catering Accommodation
Banavie - Fort William
PH33 7LX

Ben Nevis

Fort William Area:

The area boasts the widest of choices for anyone interested in a holiday in this unspoilt part of Scotland where mountains, glens, rivers, lochs, a sea coastline and even a canal offer something for everyone.

Undoubtedly Ben Nevis is the most famous mountain in the area. At 4408 feet (1344 metres) it is the highest mountain in the UK, but the shear ruggedness of the mountains in Glen Coe come a close second.

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Glen Coe
Ben Nevis and the Caledonian Canal in winter
Ben Nevis Sunset in winter

Loch Linnhe
Isle of Mull
View from Aonach Mor Looking north

Snowy Lochaber
Sunset on Ben Nevis
The Locals

The Caledonian Canal, constructed in the early 1800's, is considered by many as one of the great waterways of the world. Neptunes Staircase on the canal, which is within walking distance of Lapwing Rise and Stepps Cottage, is well worth a visit to watch the yachts and other ships negotiate the eight locks as they travel from one side of Scotland to the other.

Ship on Caledonian Canal
Yacht on Caledonian Canal
Cruise boat on Caledonian Canal
Views of Aonach Mor from garden at Lapwing Rise
Caledonian Canal

Views of Aonach Mor from garden at Lapwing RiseDuring the summer months the West Highland Steam train, as seen in the Harry Potter films can be viewed from Lapwing Rise & Stepps Cottage as it makes its way from Fort William to Mallaig and back again. The Steam train crosses the Glenfinnan viaduct which was used as a backdrop for scenes in the film. On this trip you will also enjoy the wonderful views over to the islands of Rum and Eigg with the Cuillins of Skye in the distance and the silver sands of Morar in the foreground.
Advance booking for this trip is recommended.


Nevis Range GondolaOutdoor activities in the area include ski-ing, hill walking, climbing, mountain biking, sailing, kayaking, fishing and golf.

Nevis Range GondolaThe Nevis Range is the ideal place for ski-ing and snowboarding in the winter months with the all year round opportunity to take a trip on the gondola cable car up Aonach Mor to experience the panoramic views.

The area boasts a vast and varying range of mountain bike trails from white knuckle downhill to relaxing canal towpath and forest trails that are sympathetic to even the most inexperienced of riders.

Canoeing, kayaking, white water rafting, and fly fishing are all available.

Nevis Range GondolaFor those who enjoy a more relaxing sport there are four golf courses in the area. If the golf score is not so great then you can still enjoy the round by taking in the wonderful views.

During your stay you may wish to take a cruise on Loch Linnhe or Loch Ness.

For indoor pursuits the Lochaber Leisure Centre in Fort William has a swimming pool, gyms, squash courts, sauna and climbing walls. The Nevis Centre, also in Fort William, has ten pin bowling, a children's play area, snooker and pool.

The Ben Nevis Whisky Distillery and Visitor Centre is a five minute drive from the house.

Don't forget to bring your camera as the area is a Photographer's paradise.

Nevis Centre during ski season
Morning mist

Useful Contacts:

Fort William:,
Mountaineering - Ben Nevis and Glen Coe guided climbs and courses:,
The 'Road to the Isles':
Caledonian Canal:
Nevis Range:
Steam train:
Golf: , ,
Walking: , ,
Loch Linnhe Cruises:,
Hire of Mountain Bikes: -
Outdoor Watersports/canoe/SUP hire:, ,,
Indoor Ice Climbing:
Indoor Climbing Centre:
Ben Nevis Whisky Distillery:
Public Transport:

Caledonian Canal and Ben Nevis Fort William Scotland
Caledonian Canal and Ben Nevis

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Contact: Gregor and Nicola Muir, Phone 07710721800 (Gregor) or 07717871303 (Nicola), Email