Why go there?
One of Britain’s highest mountains (Aonach Mor) has our only mountain gondola and, in the winter, guaranteed snow. Just north of Fort William, Nevis Range ski resort opens for snow sports between mid-December and March each year. Skiers and boarders have 12 lifts servicing 35 runs, including the highest in Britain.
What to do
Take the gondola to the Alpine-style restaurant and shop at 2,133ft (655m) or get out in the snow. For après-snow, explore the pubs and restaurants of Fort William. The little loch-side town at the foot of the mountains is a lively base for all-year outdoor adventures.
Where to stay and eat
Hotelier and mountain guide David Wilson runs The Lime Tree (01397 701806), a stylish hotel, acclaimed gourmet restaurant and acclaimed art gallery in his charming old stone manse overlooking the Loch in the shadow of Ben Nevis.
How to get there
Practically everyone reading this will be heading north to get to Fort William. You can take the A9 from Edinburgh but by far the most scenic route, and one of the best drives in Britain, is the A82 from Glasgow, via the shores of Loch Lomond, over desolate Rannoch Moor, through spectacular Glen Coe to arrive into Fort William alongside Loch Linnhe. Allow two-and-a-half hours.