The Smiddy Bunkhouse & Blacksmiths Backpackers Hostel

Station Road, Fort William, PH33 7JH, United Kingdom
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Fort William-Steam Train Journey

by agnuscastus

Could someone tell me about the steam train from Fort William to Mallaig? There is a family from london with a four year old boy on holiday in Scotland, the boy would like to go on this train journey.

Re: Fort William-Steam Train Journey

by vtveen

See for information about the steamtrain:

happy travels

Re: Fort William-Steam Train Journey

by doodybee

Dates of operation for the 2008 Season
Monday - Friday (inclusive) May 19th - October 10th
Saturday & Sunday June 28th - August 31st

Looks like you missed out this time

I just took the above details from the website

Travel Tips for Fort William

Ben Nevis

by susancallus

This is the famous Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain! We only passed by infront of it by our coach as we headed towards Loch Ness adventure. Many people It is also probably the most dangerous! Unfortunately, many mountaineers lost their lives on Ben Nevis.

The pub

by sim1

Outside it is very cold, but inside it is lovely and warm and they serve Grolsch beer!!!! Sorry, but I don't know the name of the pub anymore, but look for the Grolsch sign, and you know you have found a great pub :-)

Nevis Range

by Sileas

Britain's only cable car goes up Aonnach Mor, a neighbouring Mountain of Ben Nevis.
There is skiing and snowboarding in winter - if the snow is there... Otherwise it is a good base for hiking and has a decent restaurant at the top base.
In summer there is a lot of mountainbiking around... A couple of shops in town and the range itself offer equipment hire and for sale.

Glen Nevis & Steall Falls

by himalia11

Glen Nevis is a nice valley starting at Fort William. Here you'll find the Steall Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in Scotland. There's a car park at the very end of the street from where you can go through the gorge to the waterfall. We parked at the Lower Falls where there is also a car park (first a "donate & display" parking and then some parking spots after the bridge). The street there becomes single track but it's possible to drive further. Instead of driving we walked along the street and it took us about 45 minutes to the car park at the end of the street. This was nice, though, as the river was close with cascades and you saw small waterfalls coming down the hills.

From the car park the path got more challenging and there's a plate that warns you for accidents. There are streams passing the path, sometimes it's very rocky and often wet, so you really need good footwear and have to watch your step. But then the gorge opens into a valley and you'll see the waterfall in the distance – just great! You can walk some more to get closer, but in the end there's the river between you and the waterfall. There's also a rope bridge, consisting just of a few wires, but I'd never go over it! Unfortunately there had been lots of midges near the waterfall and it started to rain, so we didn't spent too much time at the waterfall although it was so fantastic. It took us 1,5 hours from the parking at the Lower Falls to the falls.

Glenfinnan Monument

by vichatherly

We weren't expecting such a splendid monument in such a spectacular setting.

Glenfinnan Monument, set amid superb Highland scenery at the head of Loch Shiel, was erected in 1815 by Alexander Macdonald of Glenaladale in tribute to the clansmen who fought and died in the cause of Prince Charles Edward Stuart. It was designed by the eminent Scottish architect James Gillespie Graham. The raising of the Prince’s Standard took place at the head of the loch on 19 August, 1745, in the last attempt to reinstate the exiled Stuarts on the throne of Great Britain and Ireland. Despite its inspired beginnings and subsequent successes, the Prince’s campaign came to its grim conclusion in 1746 on the battlefield at Culloden.


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