I stayed in the Lochy Holiday park a month ago with my husband, two rampant children (both under the age of 3) and brother-in-law. We were there for a weekend of mountain biking in the fabulous Fort William area. At least, the big boys went mountain biking. The little ones only got as far as the bottom of the trails!
Lochy Holiday Park is a privately owned site that caters for most types of self-catering accommodation. You can choose from well appointed cottages, lodges, static caravans or the good old campsite. The facilities are great though, whatever you choose.
On this trip we stayed in a wooden style lodge, with a double room, twin room and bunk beds. There’s plenty of room to relax and the lounge was big enough to accommodate us all in the evening. Perhaps the best bit of the lodge holiday was the outdoor decked area attached to the lodge, which gave us an outstanding view of the Nevis range mountains. Truly superb, and went down well with a glass of chilled white wine.
The park is situated close to Fort William town centre, so getting things you need is pretty easy, but if you do run out of the essentials, there’s a small shop on site that should see you through. It’s also got a great little kids play area that’s overlooked by some of the lodges. Perfect for keeping the children entertained. At the bottom of the park is the River Lochy, a beautiful pebble lined river that’s supposedly good for fishing. The only thing I fished out of it were my kids, so a word of advice to parents…take a spare change of clothes for the little ones. Apparently the words ‘only up to your knees’ doesn’t mean much when you’re under 3!
The staff are very pleasant, both when you’re booking as well as upon your arrival, and it truly does have a family feel to it. The lodge was ready for us earlier than the planned arrival time, and was perfectly clean and tidy. Helpful maps will get you around the site without getting lost, although it isn’t really big enough to cause you any problems, and there are the usual washing facilities to make use of.
And if any of you out there are fans of events like the World Cup Downhill Mountain Biking Championships, then this accommodation is ideal because the free shuttle bus practically leaves from the park’s front gate.
You can’t go wrong with a stay here, and the only downside is the ever-present midge to feast on you in the evening. But hey, what do you expect…it’s the west coast of Scotland!