We thought it would be a good idea for our guests at the Smiddy Bunkhouse and Snowgoose Apartments to have a list of some of the events going on in and around Fort William in June whilst you are staying with us. It’s not going to be an exhaustive list, so if you do find out about anything else please add a comment below or comment on our Facebook page or Twitter feed.
The first weekend of June starts with a bang with the return of the Mountain Bike World Cup to Nevis Range on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th of June. The site is open to the public from 8:30am, with qualifying races for the Junior Women starting at 12:15pm on the Saturday.
Friday 9th June will be worth a drive out to the Sunart Centre in Strontian to see highly regarded folk band Breabach. Doors open at 8pm and tickets can be purchased here. It’s just over an hour drive, so why not make a day of it to explore the area around Loch Sunart? Last ferry at Corran is 9:20pm so you’ll have to come back on the western shore of Loch Linnie but John or Tina will give you directions. A bit closer to home the Grog and Gruel in Fort William hosts an Open Music Session every Friday night in June apart from on Friday 29th June, when the folk duo Zetor in the Kailyard will playing.
The shinty season has been in full swing (pun intended!) since April and there’s home fixtures for local teams in June. If you’ve not come across this fast paced and uniquely highland sport we’d recommend you go and see what you’ve been missing. A full list of fixtures can be found on www.shinty.com. Look out for local teams Kilmallie (who play at Canal Park in Caol, about 5-10 minutes walk from the apartments) and Lochaber (who play in Spean Bridge) both of whom play in the top-flight Marine Harvest Premiership. Fort William play at An Aird in the second tier Marine Harvest National Division and have a home game on Saturday 17th June at 2:30pm.
Yachts will be arriving at the end of Caledonian Canal at various times from Monday 19th June for the final mountain run of the 40th Three Peaks Yatch Race. The yachts will have set off from Barmouth in Wales on Saturday and their runners will have already have run from up Snowdon (from Caernarfon) and Scarfell Pike (from Whitehaven). Sailing through the night, all that stands between them and the finish is a quick three hour or so run up and down Ben Nevis to the finish line just yards from our doorstep. How hard can that be?
Fancy a ceilidh? There’s Scottish Country Dancing in Kilmallie Committee Centre every Tuesday 8-10pm, and they’re more than happy for visitors to drop in and learn how to deftly Strip the Willow (not Widow, John!). We’ll let you know on our social media sites about any other ceilidhs, or indeed any other events, that are coming up.
If you’re still at a loose end then how about a day’s paddling on the water with John at Snowgoose Mountain Centre? We cater for all abilities and what better way to experience the highlands than from a river or loch? If you’re very lucky there might be some ospreys, otters or dolphins around.