Fort William
Fort William & Ben Nevis

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Fort William

We'll admit, there's much more to Fort William than simply bagging Ben Nevis - although climbing the tallest mountain in the UK is, of course, quite a feat. Think pubs that stock the finest Scotch whisky, daredevil mountain biking that attracts World Cup aficionados each year, loch-side wanders and even trips aboard the steam train that took Harry to Hogwarts. It really is quite a town. 

Conquer the mountain

Wherever you go in Fort 'Bill', you'll be in the shadow of the gigantic Ben Nevis, which measures a lofty 1,345 m. The mountain track is easily accessed from the visitor centre in nearby Glen Nevis, with the ascent taking 8 hours on average. From the top, you'll be rewarded with panoramic vistas of the surrounding mountains and Lochaber. But remember, when it comes to climbing any of Scotland's Munros, safety comes first - seek helpful advice and check the forecast before you go!

And start exploring

You might not be surprised to hear that Fort William is the 'Outdoor Capital of the UK'. Do you prefer gentle fishing and quiet country walks, or skiing down stunning slopes and navigating white water rapids? Anything is possible, just remember to plan in advance and prepare for all types of weather. 

Around town

After a day's escapades, you can put your feet up in a cosy traditional pub and enjoy a distinctly flavoured Highland single malt or what about a traditional ale straight from the local brewery? You can also indulge in the local delicacies at shops, cafés and restaurants along the High Street.

Things to do in Fort William

Nevis Range

Hit the slopes 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 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, and is recognised the world over as one of Scotland's most beautiful stretches of land.

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 Bay, or stop off at Arisaig and take a walk along one of the Highlands' best beaches.

West Highland Museum

This 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.

Travel in Fort William

Getting here

Situated in the south west corner of the Highlands, Fort William 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.

Getting around

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.

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