Why Fort William should be on everyone's 'must visit' travel list in 2022!
Lochs, mountains, waterfalls and where the rainbow ends! We spoke to Alfa Travel’s Managing Director Emma as she returned from a short stay at our 3AA Star Lesiureplex Croit Anna Hotel in fantastic Fort William.
Last week, our Managing Director Emma took a ‘wee’ break and headed up to our Croit Anna Hotel in Fort William. Emma shares with us some of the highlights of her break and the reasons why it won’t be long until she ventures back north of the border!
On her break, Emma said, ‘The Highlands of Scotland are simply stunning. With rolling Mountains, lochs and waterfalls, it is arguably one of the most beautiful landscapes in the UK. The journey to Fort William is stunning as you pass through Glencoe with mountains as far as the eye can see.
Even though the weather was a tad ‘dreich’ (which means damp and grey for those of us from the South of the border), this makes the landscape even more beautiful and the waterfalls even more stunning as they are in full flow. There is still plenty to see and do where you can stay warm and dry whilst still seeing the delights that Scotland has to offer.
The highlight of the holiday was a ride on the famous Jacobite train along the West Highland line. From the minute you arrive on the platform, you are hit by the wonderful aroma of the steam train and then that unmistakable chug of the engine as the train leaves the platform. Arguably one of the most picturesque railway journeys in the world, you can enjoy the hills, lochs and Highland beaches from the comfort of your carriage.
For Harry Potter fans, you travel past Dumbledore’s final resting place, stop at Glenfinnan station and travel across the famous viaducts seen as the Hogwarts express travels to
Hogwarts in the films, whilst taking in the absorbing beautiful views of the small isles of Eigg, Muck and Rum. It’s a great day out and a fantastic way to see the beautiful Scottish Highlands, with the journey starting at the station in Fort William travelling to the coastal fishing village of Mallaig. I’ve certainly never seen such stunning 84 miles of scenery anywhere in the world!
On your free day, Fort William town centre provides a great place to purchase some Scottish souvenirs, or sample some traditional Scottish dishes in the fantastic range of eateries. You can find lots of traditional Scottish fayre, including Harris Tweed which is hand made in the Outer Hebrides, Scottish crystal, Whiskey and of course the Loch Ness monster.
From Fort William we cruised Loch Linnhe, the stunning Loch across the road from the hotel. From the comfort of your vessel your can appreciate the scenery, see the Salmon and Mussel farms and watch the Atlantic and Common seals basking on the shore, all whilst learning about Scotland’s rich history and trade.
On the return home it was rainbows galore and we got to see where the rainbow ends!
After some amazing days out, it was great to relax in the hotel’s welcoming lounge with stunning views across the Loch and sample the delights of Chef Ovi’s kitchen, as well as the warm welcoming hospitality from the Croit’s team, whose mantra is ‘Nae Bother’ (no worries!). With so much to see and do we will certainly be back.
If you would like to see the Scottish Highlands in style, new for 2022 our coach tours feature train rides on the Jacobite and West Highland line and cruises on Loch Linnhe1
They are also amazing value with 5 day coach tours starting from £189 per person!