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Insider advice for your Fort William vacation


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A Miracle? 5 stars
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The digits that I read from my luminescent screen were the closest thing to a divine moment I’ve ever experienced: 15.43 We had done it to the minute. To the minute! All the things that had led us to this point and we had finished it with not a minute to spare, maybe not even a second, for as soon as I saw the time I was yelling it out so Dan and Jon could understand what we’d done.

We escaped to the shelter where I realsised just how tired I was. I’d never felt this before and we still had to get off the mountain. It took us twice as long to descend as it took us to climb and by the end of it, when we had found a hostel and showered and gone out to celebrate, none of us could even manage to eat a meal. We went to bed early and quietly, leaving each other to our own high, proud thoughts before the long drive home in the morning.


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Dan reaches the Summit 5 stars
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We were running out of time and Jon was running out of legs, he’d taken to sitting and protesting at any attempt to move him, before suddenly catching himself and forcing himself onwards with heroic effort. Then came the shout, "It’s here! It’s here!" and this time there was no doubt that Dan had found the summit, but even then it was too much for Jon and I to do anything more than keep moving and just to get there. There was nothing left in us that could make us run or even jog. But then we saw it too and suddenly we could move, and Jon went forward to meet Dan at the point and I followed, checking the time on my phone…

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Lies, Lies, and More Damn Lies 5 stars
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We were getting such awful looks of disdain from people walking down wearing hundreds of pounds worth of jackets and boots and using Leki poles staring at us in our ugly state and knowing nothing about what we’d done already just to be there. I took to asking them how long it was to the top. Regardless of the reply I would yell forward whatever time we actually had left on the clock.
"How far to the top?"
"Oh, 45 minutes in this weather."
"20 minutes to the top guys! Easy!"
Maybe out of spite or by the same tactic, Dan would continuously yell back, "I can see the summit!" sending us two scrambling after him only to have the clouds reveal another mighty lump of rock ahead.


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Rolo's and Breakfast 5 stars
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When finally I did, Jon was as tired as me and Dan was storming ahead into the distance with big powerful strides and to this day I don’t know where he drew the energy from his alcohol and tobacco ridden body. Jon and I lumbered after him like two old men running from death and I could see Jon’s resolve slipping. Occasionally he would trip and fall and be so tired his arms wouldn’t go forward and his body would just hit the floor like he’d dropped dead. I took to describing the breakfast we would have in the morning to take his mind off the walking. It worked a treat combined with a packet of Rolos that he’d taken to sucking on.

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An Inconvenient Call 5 stars
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But fate was still dealing us bum hands, because just as we were crossing the stream which flows into a waterfall at the top of the staircase I had a phone call - it was my boss! Of all the times to call it had to be now! I urged Jon and Dan to keep going and not to slow down for me, I’d bloody well run if I had to but I wouldn’t stop them from getting to the top in time. I stood and took the call, claiming to be in Brighton and working hard whilst standing half way up Britain’s highest peak in the Scottish highlands! He was anything but quick and I had lost 5 minutes on the others by the time he let me go. I couldn’t believe it, but off I set to catch up with Jon and Dan.

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Climbing the Eternal Staircase 5 stars
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Now Dan was looking at the map and our progress compared to the ticking clock and we knew we needed 3 hours of climbing time to be sure of hitting the mark. We soared over bridges and through towns and started to realise we were close and now it was like we were all driving the car, everybody’s will and effort urging it forward until finally we rounded the last corner and found ourselves in the car park at the base of Ben Nevis. And boy what a day it was! Once again the weather was on our side and despite our fatigue we were all energised by it and the excitement at the prospect of completing the challenge in time.

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Alibaby
Fort William 3 stars
Fort William is officially the wettest rainiest place in the United Kingdom. I spent a week in winter in and around Fort William, I can confirm that it rained none stop. Although in some respects that was part of its charm! Fort William is only a very small town, with the usual high street, shops, cafes, public houses and eateries. It is in a very beautiful part of the world, close to famous areas such as Loch Ness and Loch Lomond. The countryside around Fort William is hilly, rugged and beautiful - stunning in fact. There is plenty of Scottish history around the area and generally is a wondrful place to visit. Fort William would make a great place to stay in whilst exploring the local area, whisky distilleries and lochs.

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