Click to enlarge
Neptune’s Staircase is the longest staircase lock in the UK, and probably the most famous. It’s an incredible sight at any time – and this cottage lets you see it from your bedroom window. Built by the famed Scottish engineer Thomas Telford, this historic semi-detached property offers breathtaking views to Ben Nevis and across the glen. If it’s Scottish scenery you’re looking for, you’ll find some of the best of it here.
Sensitively restored in 2012, the double and twin bedrooms are decorated in country style and offer plenty of space for four people. Downstairs there’s a well-equipped kitchen and family bathroom as well as a dining room with wood-burning stove. The views from the sitting room are hard to believe, with the Staircase and Ben Nevis framing the incredible landscape in between. The settee in this room converts to a comfortable double bed.
Outside, there’s a peaceful seating area with equally impressive views. This is a bright, spacious house with loads of character and plenty of charm.
Telford house is in the village of Banavie, just north of Loch Linnhe. Only about four miles from Fort William, it’s a million miles from everyday life. A perfect spot for relaxing and enjoying the country, it also has plenty to offer anyone looking for more adventure.
The village itself is well worth exploring. Part of the Great Glen Way, it has plenty of walking and cycling paths that will help you get to know the area. There are some first-class places to eat and drink, all offering a warm Highland welcome.
If you want to go further afield, the West Highland train line stops in Banavie. It’ll take you anywhere you’d like to go between Fort William and Mallaig. With views of the Great Glen at every turn, it beats any other commute in the country hands down.
Starting from Fort William, you could even take a journey on the ‘Hogwarts Express’ – also known as the Jacobite Steam Train. It’s a magical journey whether or not you’re a Harry Potter fan. Skiing and Snowboarding is available in the Winter season in the Glencoe and Nevis range.
Known as ‘the outdoor capital of the UK’, there’s no better place than Fort William for outdoor activities. Whether you want to go walking or climbing, canyoning or canoeing, you’ll find it here. You can even try paragliding if you’re feeling adventurous.
If you prefer to have your feet firmly on the ground – or under it – visit the Treasures of the Earth museum. It’s an underground experience with a difference. Gemstones, crystals and fossils displayed in man-made caves, caverns and mines – you’ll forget you’re still on the surface.
But whether you’re above ground, on it or under it, there’s so much to do at Telford House that you’ll wish you were staying for longer. And we’re pretty sure you’ll be back.