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Ineedthesunshine Tue 24-May-16 21:30:50

Hi, I am thinking of taking the overnight sleeper on a short break up to Fort William. We'll be without a car probably so would you stay in Fort William or push on to another town? Thinking of going at least one day out to Mallaig and doing a wildlife trip but coming back that night.

Any tips would be really appreciated - especially if you know of any self catering places.

sleepyhead Tue 24-May-16 21:41:26

I would push on to Arisaig because it's so, so beautiful and I'm not a big fan of Fort William.

Having said that, I've not spent a lot of time in FW - just really as a stop off when passing through further West/North, and it's certainly a much bigger place if the weather's not great.

MrsCurly Tue 24-May-16 21:45:01

As Sleepyhead says, push on to Arisaig / Morar and then on to Mallaig. FW is pretty ugly.

Ineedthesunshine Tue 24-May-16 21:45:33

sleepyhead I have just foolishly googled midges and I see that August is their favoured hunting time. Is this true?

BlueChampagne Tue 24-May-16 21:50:32

The train journey on from FW to Mallaig is simply stunning. But yes, August can be the very midgey. Hope for sun/breeze!

bearleftmonkeyright Tue 24-May-16 21:51:24

Given your timescale I would say yes to Arisaig. It really is beautiful. Fort William is a busy town but I have spent a lot of time there. We camp at corpach and it's a good base days out to Mallaig and Ardnarmurchan. I'm quite fond of Fort Willy.

sleepyhead Tue 24-May-16 21:51:55

Well, yes. June, July, August.

They don't like breeze or bright sunlight, but on still, cloudy, damp days, or still evenings they are a nightmare. Repellents will mostly keep them at bay.

To be honest, it's a feature of the West Highlands unfortunately. I've had many fantastic summers in the area though and it's still very much worth it - just be prepared.

BlueChampagne Tue 24-May-16 21:55:35

You could go on to Knoydart from Mallaig.

Ineedthesunshine Wed 25-May-16 11:34:00

Thanks everyone. I don't know what to do! I have had a look for self catering in Arisaig/Mallaig etc but unsurprisingly there is nothing.

Would it be best to leave it until October half term because of midges - are they really that much of a plague. A friend I spoke to this morning said it ruined her holiday to Scotland last year. This is supposed to be a special treat for my husband and it would be a shame if we had to stay indoors covered in Deet LOL.

sleepyhead Wed 25-May-16 11:43:25

You'd certainly find it easier (maybe, things book up fast in the school holidays) to get accommodation in October. It is a bit late for the summer now. The weather can still be lovely then, and of course there's never a guarantee of lying-on-a-beach conditions in Scotland at any time of year wink.

Personally I think, unless you're camping in a wood/long grass, allergic to midge bites, and are woefully unprepared, midges wouldn't ruin a short break - if you were slathered in DEET you wouldn't have to stay indoors! If you're on the coast there tends to be a breeze which keeps them away.

Ineedthesunshine Wed 25-May-16 12:00:51

Thanks sleepyhead any recommendations for hotels in FW for night number one? Then I think we'll move to the coast.

RakeMeHomeCountryToads Wed 25-May-16 12:05:58

There's a Premier Inn in Fort William close to the station, if you want something cheap and cheerful.

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