Gaelic Roots Travel: Fort William

Scotland Retreat Travel

We’re so glad that you will be joining us for our retreat in Scotland! She’s a beautiful, rugged and welcoming country and we hope that you will fall in love with her as much as we have. This document will cover travel and suggestions to make your time in Scotland spectacular.

Airlines & Airports

Glasgow Airport (GLA) is the country’s main airport and is one of the closest to our retreat center. It is well served by flights from the East Coast, check for charter flights which are less expensive from the following carriers:
Thomas Cook
AerLingus, Icelandair and Norwegian Airlines also offer good deals.

Edinburgh Airport (EDI) is another option, sometimes with better savings. While this is on the east coast of the country, it is only 70 miles from Glasgow and the airport has a good shuttle service to Glasgow.

Inverness Airport (INV) This is the closest option for those heading straight to our retreat near Fort William.

Travel to the Retreat Centers

For Gaelic Roots Retreat:
From Glasgow Queen Street Station or Inverness take the train to Fort William. Train schedule can be found HERE

If you let us know which train you are taking we can help you arrange a taxi. You can check-in anytime after 2pm. Departures are at, or before 12pm on the last day.

Of course, we recommend you arrive in Scotland a few days prior to the retreat and explore this beautiful country. Ideas for side trips and explorations will happily be supplied.

What To Bring

Our retreat locations are on the same latitude as Moscow and the Alaska peninsula, but thanks to the Gulf Stream and our maritime climate, not quite as cold! However our summers tend to be cool and wet compared to the rest of Europe. July averages about 59F to 63F, though temperatures can be higher or lower. Scotland also enjoys changeable weather, meaning it can be sunny, windy, rainy and stormy all in the space of an afternoon. Days are also long in July, with about 16-18 hours of sunlight.

With this in mind, we recommend:
Layering clothing, it can be warm and sunny and then cool winds, so bring lots of layers. In November it may be pretty chilly, so bring gloves, a scarf and anything else you need to be comfortable.
• Rain gear
• Good walking and hiking shoes, ideally waterproof
• Insect repellent which works for no-see-ums. The Scottish midge is famous the world over. They are active early in the morning and at night.
• Adapter for your charger. Uk electricity is 240v.
• Walking sticks for hiking (optional)

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