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Driving from Glasgow

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Driving from Glasgow

After landing at the Glasgow airport, we plan to rent a car and drive to Fort William as our first stop. Can someone tell us about how long that will take us? Also, recommendations for places to eat and lodge overnight in FW?? Thanks so much for any help!

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1. Re: Driving from Glasgow

Driving time is around 2 hours 20 but you will need to stop about 10 times to admire the view ;-)

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3. Re: Driving from Glasgow

Do you mind asking why Fort William? Also, if flying from the States it's not a good idea to jump into a car on arrival . Perhaps spend the day in Glasgow. Lastly, there is a train to Fort William.

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Once you are out of the central belt and into the real countryside there are limited opportunities for comfort breaks and refreshment stops, so bear this in mind. One place we always take a break, but then almost everyone seems to, is the Green Welly Stop at Tyndrum, and also the National Trust Centre at Glencoe both of which have a self service cafe.

http://www.thegreenwellystop.co.uk/

http://www.glencoe-nts.org.uk/

When making an overnight stop at Fort William last year we stayed at the Premier Inn. It's a clean and comfortable budget chain a short walk to the centre of Fort William. The attached pub and restaurant is nothing special but the location is handy with plenty of parking, easy access, and a nice view of the nevis range from some of the bedrooms. I am a fan of premier inns not least because they can be cancelled free of charge up until and including the actual day of stay.

premierinn.com/en/hotel/FORLOC/fort-william

Edited: 4:20 am, February 06, 2011
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Can I stand up for independent accommodation providers here? I would personally say that staying in a B&B or small hotel is a big element of a Highland experience, especially for overseas visitors. You get the chance to meet the locals and are more likely to pick up 'insider' tips about where to go.

Don't get me wrong - chain hotels have their place and I often stay in Travelodges if going away to cities. But it just seems a shame to miss out on an intrinsic part of the experience.

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6. Re: Driving from Glasgow

Go missymoo!!!

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I absolutely agree with the idea of using local accommodation providers/guest houses and B&Bs for a visitor to get a more personal perspective and flavour of a place and it's culture.

I am quite possibly in the minority in my preference for decent but anonymous hotel or chain hotel; where I know pretty much what to expect every time and where I can come and go as I please, without feeling a bit awkward about having a long lie in or being out till the wee small hours should I choose. Different strokes for different folks ;-)

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Thanks, Ronaldo!

Purple Celtic, I do see where you're coming from and, if I was staying in Glasgow or Edinburgh or London, I'd agree. But would you travel from the US to the Highlands of Scotland to have long lie ins and late nights?

OK, maybe the latter! :-)

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9. Re: Driving from Glasgow

We plan to drive from Glasgow to Fort William to get the 10:15am train. What time will we need to leave Glasgow to do this? We will be staying in Glasgow central.

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10. Re: Driving from Glasgow

I think someone already gave the average travel time on this thread Denise. Give yourself plenty of wiggle room timewise. What time of year are you proposing to do the trip?