McIntyre & Company Solicitors & Estate Agents in Fort William
Monday to Friday - 9:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday - Closed
Sunday - Closed
About McIntyre & Company Estate Agents in Fort William
Over 30 years of experience, professionalism and commitment to clients.
With an office in Fort William’s busy High Street, we offer a comprehensive range of services to both business and private clients.
Individual Partners and staff provide legal skills on a personal hands-on basis, delivering fast, cost effective solutions using the most up to date technical knowledge.
We also specialise in the purchase and sale of properties. Property purchases and sales are key areas of our legal practice and we have a dedicated Estate Agency Department providing sensitive advice on the marketing of property throughout the West Highlands of Scotland.
About Our Area and Living in Fort William
Great news particularly if you love the outdoors. You can spend many days in Fort William and the Lochaber Area without breaking the bank. The town of Fort William is recognised as the Outdoor Capital of the UK so let your adventure begin right here.
Fort William marks the end of the West Highland Way, Scotland’s oldest and most popular long distance walk and also the start of the Great Glen Way. A steady stream of footsore travellers coming into the town from Glen Nevis is a reminder of just how far the 96 miles from Milngavie, near Glasgow, really is. The West Highland Way concludes at the south end of Fort William’s main High Street, where you are greeted by the seated, bronze statue of a resting hill walker looking out towards Loch Linnhe. The start of the Great Glen Way can be found within the Old Fort, on the shores of Loch Linnhe, near the railway station.
Whilst the Lochaber area offers a huge range of activities, events and attractions, the following should not be missed:
- Ben Nevis: (Scottish Gaelic: Beinn Nibheis)
Great Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis towers at 4413 feet above sea level (1,345 metres) and is located at the western end of the Grampian Mountains in the Lochaber area of the Scottish Highlands, close to the town of Fort William.
The mountain is a popular destination, attracting over 300,000 ascents a year, the cliffs of the north face are amongst the highest in Scotland, providing amazing mountaineering climbs. They are also the principal locations in Scotland for ice climbing.
- The annual Ben Nevis Race:
A hugely popular event taking place on the first Saturday of September. The first official race took place in 1951, and nowadays up to 600 hardy souls take on the challenge. Many competitors will compete every year, some have completed the race 21 times and for this there is a Connochie Plaque to recognise their achievement. Our very own Niall MacBeath (Solicitor) has just three more gruelling races to reach this goal.
The first timed ascent was by William Swan, a local Fort William barber in 1895, when he ran from the Old Post Office in Fort William completing the race in 2 hours 41 minutes.
The current record is held by Kenny Stuart of Keswick Athletics club who ran the race in 1984 in a time of 1 hours, 25 minutes and 34 seconds albeit starting from Claggan Park which is about 1 mile closer to Ben Nevis.
- Nevis Range:
Recognised as being an excellent model of a low-impact mountain development, primarily due to how it was constructed. The construction was brought in through use of helicopters rather than bulldozed tracks. Bulldozing was not permitted on the pistes, ultimately prevented long term damage to the environment.
Further development in 1997 saw the addition of a chairlift now locally known as the Braveheart Chairlift, providing uplift access to the off-piste expanse. Autumn 2000 brought completion of the lengthening to the downhill mountain bike track further up the mountain to enable Gondola access.
Since then Nevis Range has developed immensely and became the first venue to host all three World Cup Mountain Bike Championships and it was voted the rider's favourite destination on the tour cementing Nevis Range's recognised position as being one of the top mountain biking destinations in the world. It continues to host the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup annually, and has played host to numerous other international and national events.
- Inverlochy Castle Ruin:
Inverlochy Castle is a ruined 13th-century medieval fortress with a bloody history and the site of two battles. The castle remains largely unchanged since its construction, whereas very few castles from the 1200’s survive unaltered in Scotland today. Inverlochy Castle is now under the care of Historic Scotland, the Castle is well worth a visit.
- The Old Fort:
Almost invisible to passing traffic on the shores of Loch Linnhe close to the roundabout at the northern end of the dual carriageway bypassing the town centre. Constructed in stone in the 17th century, it withstood a siege during the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745 and was subsequently used as the base for the hunt of Bonnie Prince Charlie. Little remains of the Fort today as the town’s railway station was built upon the original site.
- Neptune's Staircase:
A couple of miles west, of Corpach, you can admire Neptune's Staircase of locks on the Caledonian Canal. Built by Thomas Telford between 1803 and 1822, it is the longest staircase lock in Britain. This dramatic eight lock flight is situated in Banavie, just north of Fort William. This amazing feat of engineering raises the canal by 19m (62ft) over a quarter of a mile of continuous masonry and takes around 90 minutes for a boat to travel up or down the locks.
- The West Highland Museum: (PH33 6AT)
The West Highland Museum in the centre of the town is excellent and is focused on regional life and history. Their most renowned and unusual collection relates to Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite cause. They 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. Entry is free of charge.
- St Andrew's Church: (PH33 6BA)
St Andrew's Church, towards the north end of the High Street, has a very attractive interior. The focal point of the Church is the sanctuary, which is dominated by the altar. The pillars featured within the arched design of the altar are made of Connemara marble. The bishop's seat on one side of the sanctuary is a reminder that the Church was originally intended to serve as a Cathedral, though this never happened. The choir stalls that line each side of the sanctuary are very striking, it is said that some 14th Century Oak from Exeter Cathedral was used in their construction. There are Commonwealth War Graves within the Churchyard.
- Ben Nevis Distillery: (PH33 6TJ)
Established in 1825, Ben Nevis Distillery is one of the oldest licensed distilleries in Scotland, nestled at the foot of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Enjoy a guided tour around this old whisky distillery where you will meet a giant of a man, “Hector McDram”. Visit the restaurant and whisky shop, 'take a dram' and savour the Uisge beatha - the water of life. This distillery has a lot to offer in the way of charm and a friendly welcome.