Fort William
Fort William & Ben Nevis

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Fort William

You might wonder where is Fort William? Located in Lochaber in the West Highlands, the town is often described as the 'Outdoor Capital of the UK' and is a popular base for week-end breaks and holidays.
With Britain's highest mountain Ben Nevis, the surrounding area has some of the most stunning scenery in Britain. Experience the natural wonders and adventure of Lochaber. You could explore the wilds of Ardnamurchan, the dramatic landscapes of Glencoe or the romantic Road to The Isles. Enjoy the majestic glens, breathe the fresh mountain air and marvel at some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

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Things to do in Fort William

Nevis Range

Hit the slopes at Nevis Range and tear down the snowy mountain side of Aonach Mor, which reaches up to 1190 m high and offers an amazing range of snowsports.

Lochaber Geopark

The magnificent scenery of Lochaber is just a stone's throw away from Fort William. Quite rightly, the Lochaber Geopark is celebrated for its outstanding and unique geological heritage.

Road to the Isles

The Road to the Isles is a route that stretches from the base of Ben Nevis, to the bustling port town of Mallaig, via the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct made famous in Harry Potter's movie. It is recognised the world over as one of Scotland's most beautiful stretches of land, with stunning beaches, amazing stretches of silvery sand, turquoise water and views out to the hills of the islands.

Jacobite Steam Train

For a truly magical day out, hop aboard the Jacobite Steam Train at Fort William, make sure and pack a picnic to enjoy as you explore the charming Mallaig Harbour, or stop off at Arisaig and take a walk along sone of Britain's most spectacular beaches.

West Highland Museum

This West Highland Museum on the High Street is world-famous for its Jacobite exhibits but also houses an excellent range of local history, from archaeology to the present day.

The West Highland Line

Follow our four-day itinerary from Glasgow to Oban, Fort William and Mallaig following the West Highland Line.

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How to get to Fort William

Situated in Lochaber in the West Highlands, Fort William Travel Information' illiam is well connected to the main cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh with regular transport links by train and bus. It is approximately a two to three hour drive from both cities, although it is closer to Glasgow on the west coast.

How to get around Fort William and Lochaber

The centre of town is small and compact, so it's easy to get around on foot. There are also local buses and taxis to help you get around too. You can travel to the rest of Lochaber by car, by train, bus or ferries. Don't misss the famously scenic train ride along the West Highlands Line which runs between Fort William and Mallaig was voted as one of the Great Railway Journeys of the World (as featured in the Harry Potter movies).

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