Bank Street Lodge

Bunkhouse accommodation in the town that styles itself ‘The Outdoor Capital’ of Britain: Fort William.

Bank Street Lodge offers bunkhouse accommodation in the town that styles itself ‘The Outdoor Capital’ of Britain: Fort William. It is just 100m from the pedestrianised heart of the town with all the facilities you’d expect from a small town and all the convivial hospitality you’d expect from The Highlands. The Bunkhouse provides a self catering kitchen and lounge as expected, but with some rooms having TVs and en-suite shower rooms, there are a few more facilities than some offer. Sharing the building is The Stables Restaurant where you’re welcome to dine instead. 

Fort William sits at the south-western end of The Great Glen, overlooked by the Nevis mountain range on one side, including – obviously – the towering and daunting Ben Nevis, and the tranquil sea loch on the other. 

I visited Fort William as part of a skiing trip. The Gondola runs way up into the mountains. If it is not snow season, you can race your mountain bike down the trails and tracks used by the world cup of Mountain biking. Check out the MTB facilities through the ‘Outdoor Capital’ website and you’ll see that the area is simply littered with top cycling spots. You may be, like me more of a walker, and Fort William rewards the adventurous: Glencoe, Ben Nevis, The West Highland Way are all names to make the walker’s juices flow. 

I could continue: skiing, climbing, watersports…there is certainly some veracity to Fort William’s capital claims.

Photo credit VisitBritain – Joe Cornish

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