Travel & Accommodation

A road trip with mates, a day out with the family or part of a longer holiday – getting to, and staying in, the Highlands is a memorable experience.

Accommodation

Fort William has a wide range of accommodation from campsites and bunkhouses to a 5 star hotel. Beds will be in high demand during the World Cup, so it’s worth making an early booking.

The Visit Scotland website is the main portal for online accommodation booking.

Available Accommodation (from April onwards)

A listing of available accommodation in the Lochaber area will be continuously updated in the lead up to the event. A link will be added here in April.

Further listings of available accommodation can be found through the following links:
www.visit-fortwilliam.co.uk
www.aboutlochaber.com
www.discoverglencoe.com

See below for a selection of Campsites, Hotels and Guest Houses available within the Fort William and Lochaber area.

Campsites

There is ample campsite space in and around Fort William. Several of the sites take advance bookings but others just take bookings on arrival.

Wild Camp
Telephone: 07909 510639
www.facebook.com/highlandsgathering

Lochy Holiday Park
Telephone: 01397 703446
www.lochy-holiday-park.co.uk

Linnhe Lochside Holidays
Telephone: 01397 772376
www.linnhe-lochside-holidays.co.uk

Glen Nevis Holidays
Telephone: 01397 702191
www.glen-nevis.co.uk

Stronaba Caravan & Camping
Telephone: 01397 712259
Email: veronicamacdonald822@btinternet.com

Hotels

The Moorings
Telephone: 01397 772797
http://moorings-fortwilliam.co.uk/

Ben Nevis Hotel
Telephone: 01397 702331
https://strathmorehotels-thebennevis.com/

Nevis Bank Inn
Telephone: 01397 705 721
www.nevisbankinn.com 

Travelodge, Fort William
Telephone: 0871 984 6419
www.travelodge.co.uk/

Premier Inn, Fort William
Telephone: 0871 527 8402
www.premierinn.com/

West End Hotel
Telephone: 01397 702 614
www.westend-hotel.co.uk

The Lime Tree
Telephone: 01397 701 806
www.limetreefortwilliam.co.uk

Best Western Imperial Hotel
Telephone: 01397 702 040
www.imperialhotelfortwiliam.co.uk


Guest Houses

Torcastle House
Telephone: 01397 701 633
www.torcastlebandbfortwilliam.co.uk

Treetops
Telephone: 01397 772 496
www.treetopsfortwilliam.co.uk

Torlundy House
Telephone: 01397 703320
www.torlundy.co.uk

Achintee Farm
Telephone: 01397 702 240
www.achinteefarm.com

Ben Nevis Guest House
Telephone: 01397 708 817
www.bennevisguesthouse.co.uk

Buccleuch Guest House
Telephone: 01397 701 276
www.buccleuchfortwilliam.co.uk

Travel

Train and bus

There are regular train and coach links between all of Scotland’s major cities and Fort William. Why not let someone else do the driving and relax while travelling through some of the most beautiful scenery in the world by coach or by train? There is also an overnight train sleeper service from London to Fort William.

For information and journey planning for all public transport trips in the UK:
www.travelinescotland.com

For information about travelling by train and booking train tickets:
www.scotrail.co.uk
www.thetrainline.com
For enquiries and bookings Tel: 08457 550033.

For information about travelling by bus and booking bus tickets:
www.citylink.co.uk
www.stagecoachbus.com
For enquiries and bookings Tel: 08457 505050.

If you are planning to bring your bike on the train, please reserve a space for your bike when you book your train ticket. Scotrail staff will make every effort to accommodate you and your bike.

Bikes can be taken on board Citylink Coaches if they are contained in a bike bag or box and if there is sufficient space.

Air Travel

Inverness is the nearest airport (104km) but both Edinburgh and Glasgow have extensive UK and International connections.

There are daily services to Glasgow, Prestwick (40 minutes south of Glasgow) and Edinburgh, with onward national connections.

For enquiries and bookings Tel: 08457 505050.

Websites:
www.easyjet.com
www.ryanair.com
www.flybe.com
www.ba.com

Road

If you are travelling up the East side of the country (M1, A1) you are going to end up in Edinburgh. Then head for Perth and follow the A9 north as far as Dalwhinnie where you follow the A889 to Laggan, the A86 to Spean Bridge and then the A82 to Fort William.

Coming up the West side of the country (M6, M74) from the south, take the M8 through Glasgow and then the M898 over the Erskine Bridge to Dumbarton. Follow the A82 beside Loch Lomond to Crianlarich and Tyndrum before crossing Rannoch Moor and descending to the Atlantic coast and Fort William through the pass of Glencoe.

Remember there are no motorways north of Perth and Glasgow, so plan extra time for your journey. Please also note there may be roadworks on sections of the A82 and the A9, with traffic lights that may cause delays. At least the views are spectacular. The A9 from Perth to Dalwhinnie is covered by average speed cameras, so be aware.

Coming from the North – you must know where Fort William is by now but if you are flying in to Inverness airport, take the A96 into Inverness and then follow the signs for Fort William and the A82. Pretty soon you will be travelling along the length of Loch Ness, complete with elusive monster, then Loch Oich and Loch Lochy – which all form part of the Caledonian Canal which links the Atlantic and the North Sea.

If you are using Sat Nav, remember that a single postcode can cover a wide area in the Highlands so don’t just rely on where it tells you to go. Maps and road signs can help. The actual postcode for Nevis Range ski area is PH33 6SQ.

Travel by road from outside the UK
There are a number of ways of crossing the English Channel or the North Sea. The route involving the least driving on busy UK roads (especially in England) is from Amsterdam to Newcastle.

Amsterdam – Newcastle crossings
www.dfdsseaways.co.uk

Further South, there are crossings to Hull and Harwich. In both cases you must head for the A1, North to Edinburgh.

Rotterdam and Zeebrugge – Hull
www.poferries.com

Hook of Holland – Harwich
www.stenaline.co.uk

Esbjerg – Harwich
www.dfdsseaways.co.uk

The shortest and most frequent crossings are by ferry or tunnel from Calais or Dieppe to Dover, Newhaven or Folkstone. This gives you the longest drive, up through most of mainland UK. Head for the M20, then go north on the M25, heading towards the M1, then A1 (East Coast route) or turn off the M1 onto the M6 and then M74 (West Coast route).

Calais, Dieppe – Dover, Newhaven, Folkstone
www.poferries.com
www.norfolkline.com
www.eurotunnel.com
www.seafrance.com
www.hoverspeed.com
www.aferry.co.uk

Liftshare

The roads in the Highlands of Scotland are not motorways and the extra traffic generated by visitors to the World Cup may cause extra congestion and pollution.

Why not consider reducing the impact of your travel to and around Fort William during the World Cup? The train and bus run directly to the centre of Fort William with travel times often comparable to travelling by car from some UK cities.

Once you arrive in Fort William, the local taxi services can transport you to your accommodation and the extensive shuttle bus service can transport you to and from the event.

Why not bring your bike, leave your car at your accommodation and explore the area on two wheels?

You can use the dedicated cycle path between Fort William and the World Cup venue an easier and safer way to travel directly to the World Cup Village. On arrival you can leave your bike in the World Cup Bike Park – but remember your personal bike lock.

The World Cup has a dedicated Liftshare website. Why not check and see if anyone else from your area is travelling to the event? You could save money on your petrol costs and reduce the environmental impact of your journey.

Register at Liftshare with your journey details and the site will match you with other people who would like to share a lift to the event.

Car sharing will help save you money by sharing the travel costs and the amount of congestion on the roads.

Other car sharing websites:

http://gocarshare.com/
http://www.blablacar.com/

Parking/Shuttle Bus

Getting to and from the World Cup

During the World Cup, a park and ride system operates from Blar Mhor, plus shuttle buses from Fort William and Spean Bridge. The buses are free and run on Saturday and Sunday.

Parking Information

There will be no spectator parking in the Nevis Range car park which will be taken over by the World Cup Village on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

There will be a £5 charge to park at the Rural Complex (postcode PH33 6SQ), on the Nevis Range access road, about 1km from the World Cup Village, on Saturday and Sunday and a £3 charge on Thursday and Friday. A footpath takes you straight to the World Cup Village and there will be a limited shuttle bus for the very old, very young or infirm.

The main Park and Ride (free parking) is at Blar Mhor, just outside Fort William on the A830 Mallaig road.  When the parking at the Rural Complex is full you will be directed to Blar Mhor, so look out for specific signage. The Blar Mhor Park and Ride is supported by Highland Council.

Shuttle buses will operate from the Park and Ride to the World Cup Village.

There is also public parking in Fort William itself – at An Aird and the West End car parks. This parking is subject to normal rates (£2 per day, Sunday free). Please note that campervans/motorhomes, or any vehicle adapted for sleeping in are only permitted between 08.00 – 21.00 hours, in the Councils Long Stay Car Parks in Fort William (i.e. West End, An Aird No.1 & An Aird No.2) – please support the local campsites.

Please take note of signs advising when car parks are full and follow the directions of Police, Traffic Wardens and our own Parking Stewards.

Shuttle Bus System

Free shuttle buses will operate on 3 routes. The service runs on Saturday and Sunday only. All shuttle buses will be clearly marked and will run continuously until all spectators have left the World Cup Village after racing.

Shuttle bus Route 1 – Town Centre:
Starts at West end of the High Street (pick up: opposite the former Police Station), behind WH Smiths on Middle Street, then the service stops between Ellis Brigham and the Lochaber Leisure Complex and opposite Nevis Bank Hotel near Glen Nevis roundabout.

Shuttle bus Route 2 – Blar Mhor Park & Ride:
Free Park and Ride courtesy of Highland Council. There is a feeder shuttle between Corpach, Banavie and Blar Mhor with a number of marked stops.

Shuttle bus Route 3 – Spean Bridge:
Pick up at service stop on A82 between the Spean Bridge Hotel and the Bridge Cafe. Important: There is no dedicated World Cup parking in Spean Bridge itself. This service is for overnight visitors and the local community who can walk to the bus stop. 

The parking and shuttle information will be posted here when available.

Shuttle Bus Timetable
Saturday 6 June
Shuttle buses on all routes from 8.30AM.

Sunday 7 June
Shuttle buses on all routes from 8.30AM.

Local info

Distances between places in Fort William are not far and this makes it an excellent place to walk and cycle.  Why not help to reduce congestion in the town during the event by walking and cycling from your accommodation to the town, supermarket, the event and other sites.

There are frequent local buses linking most areas to the town centre. http://www.shielbuses.co.uk/timetables

Cycling in Fort William

Give your car a rest and make it a cycling trip in Fort William.  There is a network of cycleways in the town and a dedicated cycleway beside the A82, from Fort William to Torlundy. From Torlundy there is a quiet road, closed to most traffic, which takes you to the World Cup Village. Avoid cycling on the A82 – it is a busy main road with lots of lorries.

For further information about cycling in Fort William check out the following website: www.sustrans.org.uk

Spectators can bring their bikes to the World Cup but will not be allowed to bring them into the World Cup Village or take them on the gondola.  There is a Bike Park, just beside the main entrance where you must leave your bike – but remember to bring your lock.

If you’re bringing your bike on the train or coach please remember to reserve a place for it when you buy your ticket and put it in a box or bag if you’re travelling by coach.

If you can’t bring your own bike with you, you can rent one at the following venues:
Nevis Cycles
OffBeat Bikes

Taxis in Fort William

Taxis in Fort William are used to carrying out door equipment and adventure gear.

Local taxi companies:
Scotland Taxis
Greyhound Taxis

Travel Advice from the Northern Constabulary

Northern Constabulary welcomes competitors and spectators to the Lochaber Area. Please ensure that you pay particular attention to your belongings during this trip as thieves may be operating in the area. If you have cycle equipment which is not security marked we would encourage you to have this done and to secure everything well at night.

Please leave plenty time for your journey here and for your return and be considerate when driving. Parking has been provided and any permanent or temporary restriction will be rigorously enforced to ensure your safety and convenience.

Remember, Fort William is a safe place, but always remember to secure your bicycle equipment just as you would anywhere else.

Mountain biking in Scotland

As well as having the best mountain bike competitions in the world, Scotland also offers one of the best mountain bike playgrounds. It’s got fantastic natural terrain and a huge network of footpaths, drove roads and forest roads in some of Europe’s wildest and most spectacular locations. Together with an enlightened attitude to countryside access (you can go pretty much anywhere as long as you respect certain fundamental rules) it’s a great place to get on your bike.

The Forestry Commission’s mountain bike trail centres have a huge reputation and have contributed to Scotland’s “Global Superstar” status with IMBA (International Mountain Bike Association).

Why not extend your visit to the World Cup and have some fun on these top trails.

Useful links for Mountain biking in Scotland

Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland – great resource including comprehensive directory of where to ride in Scotland.
Try out their interactive bike trail map.

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