Find your perfect place

Accommodation Category
Location
Ben Nevis from the Canal

Ben Nevis from the Canal

Banavie, Fort William

Banavie is a pleasant village 5 miles from Fort William town centre and part of the local community near the Caledonian Canal and Ben Nevis

Banavie is a pleasant village by the Caledonian Canal, about 4 miles from Fort William town centre off the A830. The village has a number of bed and breakfast, guesthouses, self-catering and hotels. Banavie borders onto the village of Corpach.

The scenery around Banavie is exceptional with Ben Nevis dominent in the skyline. The Caledonian Canal passes by the village at Neptune's Staircase, which is a set of lock gates that raise vessels into Banavie upper canal area. Visiting boats and yachts are welcome here.

Banavie has a train station which is part of the West Highland Line between Fort William and Mallaig. You can get on a train from anywhere in mainland UK and finish up at Banavie and walk off the train into the finest scenery.

The Great Glen Way walk passes through the village as walkers take the old tow-path route along the canal bank to Gairlochy on their way to Loch Lochy and Loch Ness. The old tow path is very popular now with cyclists who can get all the way to Gairlochy, near Spean Bridge by bike.

There is a spacious free carpark at Banavie and a children's play area. A short walk from the car park leads to the Canal lock gates, where one can spend time watching vessels navigate the Caledonian Canal. It's a nice walk or cycle from Banavie into Fort William via Caol village, or visa versa. On clear days at any time of year, Banavie is often a good place to enjoy evening views of Ben Nevis and Fort William with strong side lighting.

Lochaber Rugby Club has its clubhouse and playing field in Banavie.

The Moorings Hotel and Restaurant is located by the Canal and the free car park. The hotel is one of Fort William's more popular wedding venues and has a high reputation for quality accommodation and dining.

Banavie based businesses are listed below and on the right, a selection of Fort William area places to eat.

Top Recommended

You may be interested in


  • The Byre Holiday Cottage
    Whinknowe, Banavie, Fort William, PH33 7PB
    From Behind

    A spacious four star cottage with one of the best views in Britain. Sleeps 4 or 5. Situated on the sunnier side of the Great Glen, it offers instant access to traffic free local walks with village amenities close at hand. Sited on a working croft. Over 50% of guests are repeat...

  • Wild West - wildlife safari trips
    9 MacKay Crescent, Caol, Fort William, PH33 7JB
    Slow advernture-5

    Wild West - Wildlife safaris in Scotland's wild places Wild West offer a selection of wildlife experiences based in the Lochaber area. See Scotland's " Big Five", Photograph red deer, join a searchlight safari to look for the elusive pine marten or a dawn safari to see lekking black grouse, or...

  • 1 Day Tours in the Highlands
    2 Macmillan Place, Caol, Fort William, PH33 7BL
    P6079962

    A selection of Personalised Guided Day Tours of the Scottish Highlands and Islands. Highland Tours from Fort William, await you! We can take you to places you have always wanted to see - the land of Ben's, and Glen's, of wild Stag's and Golden Eagle's the highest mountains and the deepest...

  • Climb When Youre Ready
    16 Farrow Drive, Corpach, PH33 7JW
    Rainbow days in Glencoe

    Come and explore the steeper side of Lochaber! I provide experienced and friendly guiding and instruction on Ben Nevis and in Glencoe.I specialise in taking and teaching novices climbing and mountaineering. All my days out are bespoke and just for you and your party. Whether you are looking for a guided day...

  • Inverlochy Villas
    Lochyside, Fort William, PH33 6TQ
    da5w9215.jpg

    Inverlochy Villa in Fort William offers spacious and comfortable rooms with a continental breakfast service to your room. We are open all year and guarantee a warm Highland welcome to all our guests. Hospitality trays in every room include teas and coffee, local Ben Nevis Distillery whiskies and Scottish shortbread.Our continental...

  • Snowgoose Mountain Centre - Mountaineering & Guiding
    Station Road, Corpach, Fort William, PH33 7JH
    pict0018.jpg

    From the aspiring novice to the more advanced mountaineer Snowgoose Mountain Centre offers the perfect introduction, course, mountain guiding or holiday of a lifetime. This is whether you want an introduction to rock climbing & abseiling, learn to lead on  rock, develop your navigational skills or tackle big mountaineering routes in summer or...

  • The Lochy Bar & Restaurant Fort William
    Kilmallie Road, Caol, Fort William, PH33 7BA
    da5w2465.jpg

    The Lochy Bar and Restaurant is extremely popular with locals and visitors. We are located on the edge of Caol village and near Banavie, by the Caledonian Canal - perfect for visiting yachts and visitors staying in the area.Our family restaurant offers good value, wholesome food with a tasty menu to...

  • Deli Barqen Chinese Takeaway
    Caol Shopping Centre, Glenloy Street, Caol, PH33
    Chines takeaway Fort William

    When in Fort William why not try our excellent Chinese takeaway in Caol Shopping Centre. We offer Chinese, Singapore, Malaysia, Kebab and Traditional Fish Bar menus - all served fresh and hot. We are open Sunday - Thursday 4pm - 10.30 Friday and Saturday - 4pm - 10.30 We are closed...

  • Clyde Cruises
    Top Lock, Neptunes Staircase, Bannavie, Fort William, PH33 7LY
    Gairlochy2

    Join us for a cruise on the Caledonian Canal from Banavie, Near Fort William.  Soak up the unique canal atmosphere, keep your eyes peeled for deer,otters and eagles and navigate your way through working locks and gates. Marvel at the fascinating historical landmarks, pretty lochs and inlets and spectacular mountains. Our...

  • Snowgoose Mountain Centre - Open Canoeing, Sea & River Kayaking, & Dinghy Sailing
    Snowgoose Mountain Centre, Station Road, Corpach, Fort William , PH33 7JH
    PICT0142-1

    The centre's position offers exceptional facilities for watersports enthusiasts of all levels. The Lochaber & Fort William area bounded by an extensive coastal & marine environment. Snowgoose Mountain Centre is surrounded by safe water with easy access to the sheltered tidal waters of Loch Linnhe and access to the open sea...

  • Snowgoose Apartments, The Smiddy Bunkhouse & Blacksmiths Hostel
    Snowgoose Apartments & The Smiddy Bunkhouse, Station Road, Corpach, Fort William, Highland, PH33 7JH
    PICT0054

     Snowgoose Apartments, The Smiddy Bunkhouse, Blacksmith’s Hostel at Snowgoose Mountain Centre offer an ideal base to independently explore the surrounding west coast of  Scotland in the heart of the Scottish Highlands.Take the opportunity to take part in our adventure activities, with our unique blend of landscape and a huge variety of outdoor...

  • Sleeps 4
    Innisfree Self Catering Apartment
    Innisfree Self Catering Apartment, Badabrie, Fort William, PH33 7LX
    1ROZ_0176

    Ideal for exploring the West Coast and Inner Isles this lovely apartment has wonderful views of Ben Nevis, Loch Linnhe and Fort William. Set in an elevated position our well furnished holiday apartment will sleep 4 guests in two bedrooms and is in an ideal base for your visit to this...

  • Kilmallie Community Centre
    Station Road, Corpach, Inverness-Shire, PH33 7JH
    Kilmallie Community Centre

    Kilmallie Community Centre is situated in the heart of Corpach.  It is a company limited by guarantee as well as a registered charity.  The company's objectives are:the purposes of physical and mental training and recreation, and social, moral and intellectual development through the medium of reading and recreation rooms, library, lectures,...

  • Arthur Watt Building Engineer Ltd
    1 Farrow Drive, Fort William, PH33 7JW
    Default Image

    Consulting Building Engineer & Environmental Consultant...