Map of places

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Just at the roundabout where the A82 meets the High Street is The Westend Hotel. It is an old building that has been modernised by a conservatory and outside seating at the front. A lane beside the hotel points to the lounge bar giving it the approach of an old style hotel bar. However, it leads to a large lounge. This is very much a hotel lounge with small tables and the ability to have a dance floor in the middle. Unlike most hotels not expecting non-residents service was prompt. Although like most hotels there was limited choice for the beer drinker.

Have one here.

Real ale   :  Trade Winds

bitter         : John Smiths, McEwan's 70/-

Lager        : Fosters,  Tennent                                        Guinness

The Ben Nevis pub has two doors. The right hand one takes you to a lovely Jacobite lounge with cosy fire at front and an entrance to decking at far end and a variety of styles of seating. The left hand door opens to the Ben Bar which has pool, TV and darts at front with comfy seating and tables further on (not really living up to its being 'the bar'. Both rooms have views over the loch. Upstairs is the Monro restuarant serving well priced bar meals. Live music in lounge some evenings.

Left top shows the lounge and bottom shows the bar counters.


Have several here

Real ale         : Deuchars,  Dark Island

bitter/heavy    : McEwan's 70/-

Lager              : Becks, San Miguel, Millar, Tennents

Cider              : Strongbow                               Guinness

The Cruachan Hotel is a large hotel just outside the High Street open to non-residents. It has a large comfy lounge offering bar meals. There are sofas in the reception area and outside seating on the patio overlooking the loch. Like most hotels bar service seems a low priority.


Have one here

bitter          : John Smiths,  McEwan's 80/-

Lager        : Fosters, 1664

cider          : Strongbow                                   Guinness

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Candy is dandy,

But liquor is quicker.


Ogden Nash, Reflection on Ice Breaking

Fort William, the largest town in the highlands of Scotland (though only 10,000 people) is found on the side of Loch Linnee at the end of the south end of the Great Glen. Fort William sells itself as the outdoor capital of the UK and as such it attracts climbers (close by Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in Britain) mountain bikers and hill walkers. It is also one end of the West Highland Way a walk of 96 miles from Milingavie by Glasgow to Fort William. The town is also on the road to the isles and has areas of interest in Scottish History.

The Jacobite steam train which  travels from Fort William to Mallaig is famous  as a train in the Harry Potter films especially the view of it on the Glenfinnan viaduct.

In the summer the town has large mix of languages as people from all over Europe visit to view the many attractions around the time. Hotels and Bed & Breakfast houses abound, especially on the A82 coming into the town.

The Tavern is a small bar that makes claims to be a gastropub. It is more a diner than a pub and is very popular. You can sit at the bar and have a pricey pint.


Have one here

bitter/heavy    : Bellhaven Best

Lager              : Carlsberg,  San Miguel

Cider              : Strongbow                               Guinness


Why was golf banned in Scotland in 1457?


The Grog And Gruel is the CAMRA pub of the year for the Fort William and Lochaber. It is long and thin with modern dark wood and low lighting. It is quite atmospheric bar with a variety of styles of seating. Pub food and a restaurant upstairs with same food. Live music some evenings. Dogs welcome

Good Beer Guide 2019 (CAMRA) - been in since 1997


Have several here

Real ale         : Usually 7 pumps - eg

                           Lomand Gold, Suilven ( an talloch ale), Standard Ale ( Glenfinnan Brew.) Black Gold (Cairngorm brew.), Ruby, Red Cullen, Hebridean  Gold, Young Pretender (all Isle of Skye brew.) Nessie's Monster Mash, Wildcat

Lager              : Carlsberg

Cider              : Strongbow                               Guinness

Fort William can be reached by taking the A82 from Glasgow (101 miles) and  along the banks of  Loch Lomond. Later the road runs through Glencoe and on to the banks of Loch Linnhe. Fort William is on the side of this loch near the top of it.

The train also runs to Fort William from Glasgow and  the station is at the opposite end of the town from the road entering the town from Glasgow.


Practically all of the drinking establishments lie, between the A82 as it enters the main town and the station, along the High Street. The exception, however, does take  you out of the way.


Behind the station is the Loch Eill which is connected to a Premier Inn. Near this is the Nevis Centre which has a ten pin bowling alley in it which has a small lounge bar but is basically for the bowling alley. You then have to go a walk.


Leave the station to walk further up the A82. The Nevis Bank Inn is across the road and five minutes further appearing just before the next roundabout. Real ale is sold in the bar/restaurant (Browns) of the Nevis Bank Inn.  Returning to the station but staying on the town side of the road there is the Alexandra Hotel at one of the corners of the gardens. The Cobb Lounge can be found at another corner.There is a gondola (of the going up mountain kind) hanging up outside it, as the bar is below the Nevis Sport shop. This is also the start of the High Street which is pedestrianised.

Leaving here you wish to wander along High Street which runs along one side of the gardens. At the first street on your right you can look down to the Imperial Hotel and also see The Crofters Bar and Restaurant on the corner of the High Street.

Walking further along and on the left there is a small narrow alley entrance to the Maryborgh. Further along on the right is the Volunteer Arms. Then also on the right is the Ossian Hotel. Drinking then shifts to the left side to find the Grog and Gruel and almost next door is the Tavern. Back to the right and there is soon The Ben Nevis.

A walk to the end of the High Street brings you to the A82 and the Westend Hotel and a few buildings further on is The Cruachan Hotel

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