Following a day venturing in Glencoe, we spent the night in Fort William at the Laurel Bank Lodge. Brenda and Stephen were great hosts and the breakfast was absolutely fantastic. Fresh local produce, it felt just like home. I would recommend you stay here without hesitation! Anyway Fort William is a quiet town with some shops etc but it’s mostly famous for Ben Nevis, the nearby mountain that’s the highest peak in the UK at 1344m. There’s a ski station at the top if you’re keen for that otherwise you can just take the ride up to the top and enjoy the beautiful views into the valley below. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t fantastic when we went but it was still worth it.
After a long and very cold trip up to Ben Nevis, we decided to walk around town and trekked 2 miles to the nearby Ben Nevis Inn, another place you must visit if you’re ever in Fort William. What could be better than sitting around a hot fire reading a book and having some delicious food and washing it down with a pint of the local ale. The road back to town is twisting and narrow and is ideal for taking some photos of the Scottish country-side. In the shadow of Ben Nevis, we headed back into town to the local Morrison and got some supplies for the evening train back to dreary Glasgow. It was at this time I realised that there had been an avalanche in Glencoe the day before (when we were there) on the Bidean nam Bian. Unfortunately four people passed away and it was a scary reminder of how dangerous it was to be in this beautiful part of the world.