Nevis Range Information
Nevis Range shuts down more or less as soon as the ski day ends, so most of the après-ski action can be found in Fort William, 8km (5 miles) away, where there are about 40 bars.
The Crofter (tel: +44 1397 704 899; www.crofterbar.co.uk) is a central, award-winning Highland pub with real ale, occasional live music and Sports TV. The Tavern, also on the central street (tel: +44 1397 703 600; www.thetavernrestaurant.co.uk) is another traditional pub that does a mean cocktail alongside the regular selection of beers and whiskies.
Cobbs at Nevisport (tel: +44 1397 704 790; www.cobbs-at-nevisport.co.uk) has occasional live music, an open fire and a tantalising selection of real ales on tap.
On the slopes the Snowgoose Restaurant (tel: +44 1397 705 825) at the top of the gondola station provides a range of affordable basic meals on the mountain. The Pinemarten, a café/bar with a lovely view of the mountain at the foot of Aonach Mor, serves freshly made meals using locally sourced produce.
Back in Fort William and the wider area there's a good choice of more than 60 places to eat, with options ranging from Chinese, Indian or traditional fish and chips to fine dining.
The brilliantly named Grog and Gruel (tel: +44 1397 705 078; www.grogandgruel.co.uk) serves wholesome bar meals, while the colourful Crannog Restaurant (tel: +44 1397 705 589; www.crannog.net) has a long-standing reputation for excellent seafood, often caught from the neighbouring loch.
Browns Restaurant in the Nevis Bank Inn (tel: +44 1397 705 721; www.nevisbankinn.co.uk) is also good for seafood and one of the most popular restaurants in town with locals and tourists alike.
Beyond the slopes
In addition to sightseeing in and around Fort William, there's plenty to do besides skiing and snowboarding at Nevis Range in the winter.
Courses at High Wire Adventure (tel: +44 1397 705 825) are suitable for all ages and abilities. Alternatively, for further adrenaline-fuelled thrills, miles of cross-country mountain bike trails wait in Leanachan forest at the gondola base station.
The region's spectacular natural beauty is its key asset and this is as magnificent on a frosty winter's day as during the busy tourist months of summer. So a drive to either Glen Nevis – a favoured filming spot for the Harry Potter films – or a walk on one of the many stunning sandy beaches in the area, are both great options.
There are also indoor activities in Fort William itself, including the Lochaber Leisure Centre (tel: +44 1397 704 359; www.highlifehighland.com/lochaber-lesiure-centre/) with a pool, gym, table tennis tables, squash courts, spacious spa bath, sauna, steam baths and solarium facilities.
Nevis Range is one of the easiest Scottish ski areas to access. Just off the Fort William-Inverness main road, a modern access road leads to the gondola base station – so there's minimum stress in reaching the slopes with children.
At the top of the gondola, the nursery slopes and a sledging area, as well as the family-friendly Snowgoose restaurant, are all just a few slides away.
Fort William is also a good resort town base, and the Lochaber Leisure Centre (tel: +44 1397 704 359) at the north end of the town has a pool. There are also plenty of affordable dining options for families in the region.
Fort William is the leading retail and tourist centre in the area. It combines all the usual high street shops one would expect to find in any small British town with a good range of tourist shops and specialist ski and mountain outlets, including the excellent Nevisport (High Street). The Ben Nevis Woollen Mill (Belford Road) sells a wide range of knitwear, tartans, gifts and souvenirs.
Ice Factor (tel: +44 1855 831 100; www.ice-factor.co.uk), a 20 minute drive from Nevis Range, is home to the world’s largest indoor ice climbing wall (16m/52ft high) comprised of 500 tonnes of real snow and ice. Courses are offered for everyone, from first-timers right through to experienced ice climbers.
As a popular winter and summer destination, there is a whole host of accommodation in Nevis Range, both near the slopes and in the surrounding villages and towns. These include countless bed and breakfast hotels, lodges, guest houses and hotels, ranging from the basic to luxurious.
Inverlochy Castle Hotel
This historic and elegant castle hotel is just across the road from the Nevis Range ski area. Former guests here include Queen Victoria, who stayed for a week in 1873 in what is now the Honeymoon Suite, complete with four-poster bed – if a former monarchs presence doesn’t light your libido, then nothing will.Address: Fort William, Torlundy, Inverness-shire, PH33 6SN
Telephone: +44 1397 702 177
Nevis Bank Inn
The 4-star graded Nevis Bank Inn houses modern rooms and holds a reputation for good staff and service. The hotel is located within a short walk of Fort William centre and is a mere five-minute drive from Nevis Range.Address: Fort William, Belford Road, Inverness-shire, PH33 6BY
Telephone: +44 1397 705 721
The Ben Nevis Hotel & Leisure Club
Located just 6.4km (4 miles) from Nevis Range on the road into Fort William, The Ben Nevis Hotel has its own leisure club with a swimming pool, sauna, steam room, spa and gym.Address: Fort William, North Rd, Inverness-shire, PH33 6TG
Telephone: +44 1397 702 331
Myrtle Bank Guest House
A beautifully maintained Victorian villa close to Fort William centre, the Myrtle Bank Guest House boasts exceptional views over Loch Linnhe towards the Ardgour Hills. Aside from the beautiful scenery, the hotel’s draws also include comfortable spacious rooms and attentive, friendly staff.Address: Fort William, 8 Achintore Rd, Inverness-shire, PH33 6RQ
Telephone: +44 1397 702 034
Fort William Travelodge
The affordable - especially when booked early – Fort William Travelodge is a little on the basic side but comes with all the necessary facilities including comfortable beds, en-suite bathrooms and Wi-Fi that’s available to all guests.Address: Fort William, High St, Inverness-shire, PH33 6SN
Telephone: +44 871 984 6419
Fort William Backpackers
This affordable, friendly and well-equipped hostel is in a central location in Fort William. The hostel houses basic rooms and a cosy lounge, which the institution claims to boast one of the best views in town.Address: Fort William, Alma Road, Inverness-shire, PH33 6HB
Telephone: +44 1397 700 711