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Bay Caledonian Hotel, Fort William

Western Scotland

Bay Caledonian Hotel, Fort William

Customer Rating: (13 Customer Reviews)

At a glance;

  • Fabulous position, rooms offer super views of Loch Linnhe
  • Perfect to explore the Highlands and Islands
  • Close to the Nevis Range Mountains
  • Cruises to Seal Island nearby

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Fort William is known as Britain’s outdoor capital and all around is stunning scenery to behold. At nine miles long and over a mile wide and with Ben Nevis towering above, Loch Linnhe is one of Scotland’s natural treasures. Situated directly opposite Loch Linnhe, you can admire the fantastic views of the beautiful surrounding wooded hills and mountains from this hotel. Along with the dining room and pleasant lounge area, all front facing rooms offer super views of the breathtaking loch.

The comfortable lounge and ballroom host entertainment most nights throughout the year, often with a distinct Scottish flavour, which is perfect for unwinding after a day’s sightseeing or exploring. This extremely popular hotel is just two miles south of the town centre of Fort William, and here you can explore the many small and interesting shops and museums.

The Hotel has a car park located directly in front of the building.

Great for

  • Walking
  • Gardens
  • History

Bay Caledonian Hotel Standard Room

Typical Standard Room at Bay Caledonian Hotel

Our Standard Rooms are charming and have everything you would expect. The rooms have digital televisions, tea and coffee making facilities as well as an en-suite bathroom. 

  • En-suite and WC
  • Telephone
  • Digital television
  • Shaving point

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Hotel Accessibility

Here at Bay Hotels we want you to have the best short break possible. We are happy to provide advice to guests with special needs who wish to take breaks at our Hotels. In order to avoid disappointment and/or misunderstandings, please contact us on 01942 496 507 to discuss any needs that you may have.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do you have single rooms?
    Yes, in most of our hotels.

  • Do you take dogs and pets?
    We do not allow dogs and pets into our hotels, with the exception of guide dogs.

  • Do you have lifts in all hotels?
    We have lifts in most of our hotels.

  • What time is check in time?
    3pm in the afternoon.

  • What time is check out time?
    10am in the morning.

  • Do you have smoking rooms?
    We do not allow smoking in any parts of our hotels.


Fort William is in an area renowned for magnificent scenery and dramatic history. Here you will find the breathtaking Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK, as well as beautiful glens, forests, beaches and Loch Morar (the deepest Loch in Scotland).

How to get there

By Car:

Follow the A82 to Fort William. On arrival in Fort William, continue to follow the A82. The hotel is on Achintore Road, on the left hand side if coming from the North, two miles past the town centre and on the right hand side if coming from the South, two miles before the town centre.

By Train:

Fort William Railways station is 2.5 miles.

By National Express:

Service to Fort William Bus Station.

Bay Caledonian Hotel

Achintore Road

Fort William


PH33 6RW

Res: 01397 703117

Tel: 01397 703117

Local Attractions

The following places, attractions and things to do are easily reached from the Caledonian:

  • Glenfinnan Monument
  • Ben Nevis Whisky Distillery
  • Urquhart Castle
  • Mallig Fishing Village
  • Treasures of the Earth
  • Loch Ness
  • Nevis Range

Local Insight

When the railway came to town in 1890 many Victorian travellers visited the Highlands for the first time - some even arrived by paddle-steamer and went on to cruise along The Caledonian Canal and then into Loch Ness at Fort Augustus. Ben Nevis has been the main source of attraction ever since. The surrounding area is very beautiful with mountains and glens, forests, sea lochs and of course - the Caledonian Canal.

  • Treasure of the Earth Museum
    Europe’s finest private collection of Crystals, Gemstones and Fossils. You will be amazed by this incredible display, which took nature more than 500 Million years to create. Housed in an atmospheric simulation of caves, caverns and mining scenes, you will find crystals over a meter tall and geodes over 7 feet tall; fossilised remains from tiny insects trapped in amber to vicious prehistoric monsters like our fossil Mosasaur. See real Gold and Silver, ancient Petrified Wood, Rubies, Diamonds and Emeralds. Learn about the largest Gold Nugget ever discovered and the History of the Scottish Gold Rush, and watch crystals magically change colour and glow in our UV Cave.
    Visit their website

  • Ben Nevis Distillery
    Ben Nevis Distillery is one of the oldest licensed distilleries in Scotland. The distillery is nestled at the foot of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, which has a summit elevation of 4'406 feet above sea level. This imposing mountain provides an impressive background to a traditional Scottish craft.
    Visit their website

  • West Highland Museum
    Situated in the high street in the heart of the historic town of Fort William in the Scottish Highlands, The West Highland Museum’s collections tell the story of the region and its history. Our most renowned and unusual collection relates to Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite cause. But we also hold a wealth of curious and fascinating collections relating to less well-known aspects of the lives of the people of the West Highlands, from the effects of political warfare, to the economic impact of tourism in the region, and the coming of the industrial and modern age.
    Visit their website

  • Jacobite Steam Train
    The Jacobite Steam Train is the most scenic way to travel from Fort William to Mallaig. Passengers can choose to travel one way en route to the Isle of Skye or opt for the 84 mile round trip. The train stops at the village of Glenfinnan, the place where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard in 1745. The steam train is famous for appearing in the Harry Potter films and the scene where the Hogwarts Express travels across a viaduct was filmed on the famous 21 arch Glenfinnan Viaduct.
    Visit their website

Great for

  • Walking
  • Gardens
  • History


Entertainment Programme

On Monday Evenings
An evening of music and song with
Ronnie Ross
On Tuesday Evenings
Instrumental Vocalist
Iain MacDonald

On Wednesday Evenings
Outstanding Vocalist
Paul Rossi

On Thursday Evenings
Delightful Vocalist
Paula Macaskill

On Friday Evenings
An evening of entertainment with either
Derek Sturrock or Paul Rossi

On Saturday Evenings
Shane or Derek Sturrock
with an appearance from Scottish Piper
James Rosie
On Sunday Evenings
An evening of music and song with
Mike Devine
The entertainment programme advertised is subject to change for reasons beyond our control without prior notice.

Christine Duncan


rating is 5 stars

17 February 2014

Excellent Midweek Break

Had a wonderful few days in an excellent hotel and in my favourite part of the country. Food, Staff and facilities could not be faulted and well deserve five stars.

Anne Rosbotham

Littleborough, Lancshire

rating is 5 stars

28 March 2013

Excellent Weekend

We've stayed here many times & it just gets better. Food, staff, bedrooms very good. The entertainment has improved greatly. I wish there was something on, on Sunday nights though. The lounges could have been a bit warmer as it was a very cold week-end. But overall wonderful.

Karen Lansdell


rating is 5 stars

28 March 2013

Brilliant Break

I have just come back from a well earned break with national Holidays at this Hotel I cannot say a bad word Staff, Food, Entertainemnt and other guests were brilliant. I would like to say a special thank you to Assistant Manager Donna she made sure that nothing was too much trouble. Bill the bus driver again nothing too much trouble had a really great time Room was clean and tidy Food Excellent Prices at Bar once vouchers are were used was reasonable Would go back and hope to go back soon.

Kevin Clark


rating is 5 stars

28 March 2013

Excelent Break

I have just come back from a well earned break with national Holidays at this Hotel I cannot say a bad word Staff, Food, Entertainemnt and other guests were brilliant. I would like to say a special thank you to Assistant Manager Donna she made sure that nothing was too much trouble. Bill the bus driver again nothing too much trouble had a really great time Room was clean and tidy Food Excellent Prices at Bar once vouchers are were used was reasonable Would go back and hope to go back soon.

Sheila Short


rating is 5 stars

16 March 2013

Excellent Stay

My husband and I had a wonderful time at this hotel, we found the food very good and the staff where brilliant, there was plenty to do during the evening, would stay there again and the view from the hotel looking over the loch and the mountains was great, and a big thank you to all the staff.

Shirley McGinn


rating is 5 stars

25 February 2013

Nice 5 Day Break

Stayed with my husband and son. We had a lovely time The hotel room was clean and warm as was the bathroom. Beautiful views from the hotel and the surrounding area. Food was excellent and the staff very friendly and efficient. Trips to Oban and Loch Ness were great. Would definitely go again.

Alex Black


rating is 5 stars

28 January 2013

Great Break

Had a great two night stay at this hotel clean room good food good entertainment staff were excellent a credit to the hotel look forward to returning soon.

Julie Watson


rating is 4 stars

11 November 2012

Lovely two nights stay

Lovely 2 nights stay Friday till Monday with my husband, room was nice and big clean and tidy on the 4th floor. Bed was comfortable but springs stuck in me a little, shower could do with a bit higher. Entertainment was two oldies singing which was ok. Staff were excellent good hard workers in bar and restaurant. Great view onto the loch 5 min walk into Fort William Would definitely go back.

Jennifer Webb

Darlington, Co. Durham

rating is 5 stars

29 September 2012

Great Few Days

I had a nice few days, fantastic scenery, though it was hard work with my mother, A BIG THANK YOU for the patience to your staff towards my mother who was with me who became unwell during our stay.

Keira Cox


rating is 4 stars

7 February 2011

Fantastic 5 days

Had a fantastic 5 days, brilliant value for money. The staff were lovely and friendly, food was very good and the level of servce, 5 star. The rooms were always clean and tidy; entertainment was brilliant all giving you a Scottish feel with a Bagpiper and Scottish Singers. The view are breath taking, I would definitely go back to the hotel. Excellent value for money and I had a brilliant holiday with my husband. We found it relaxing and had a brilliant time. A holiday I will always remember.

Mike and Barbara


rating is 5 stars

29 January 2011

We had a great weekend

We stayed in the middle of January for a 3 night weekend break. The weather was wet and windy all weekend but the Caledonian Hotel was a haven to be in. The hotel and rooms were warm and clean. The staff, the meals and evening entertainment were above all expectations. We had a great weekend.

Rachel Honeyman


rating is 5 stars

4 December 2010

Great Get Away!

The Caledonian Hotel near Fort William is a great get away! I’ve been three times before with my family for the Christmas weekend and dinner and it was great value for money! The rooms were lovely and clean and the food was fantastic. The entertainment was also really good. Especially Carl, who sang and told jokes. The staff were friendly and welcoming and the view from our room at the front was amazing. I am going back next weekend with my partner and I am really looking forward to another stay!



rating is 1 stars

1 January 0001

What a fantastic place

We have just returned from a 5 day holiday at Fort William and wow! What a place to go! The scenery is awesome, you have to see it with your own eyes to believe it and appreciate this landscape of mountains, glens and lochs. We have travelled and seen many beautiful places; this is going on one of our top ten. Glenco, Fort Augustus, Speanbridge, Ben Nevis etc are stunning. The hotel is basic but for what you pay, it is excellent value.

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