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Ben Nevis from Corpach
Fort William © Ian MacLeod, Wild West

The Wee Fort William tour

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January — December

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Explore the highlights of Fort William, the West Highlands main town standing in the shadow of Ben Nevis. Discover it's history, landscapes and wildlife and enjoy a walk through a spectacular glacial gorge to a hidden valley.

This short private tour around Fort William will introduce you to the highlights of this highland town. You’ll visit Neptune’s staircase, one of the engineering marvels of the 19th century, enjoy views of Ben Nevis, hear the story of how Aluminium transformed the highlands of Scotland, see the site of the battle of Inverlochy and explore the ruined Inverlochy castle.

But the highlight of this tour will be a walk to Steall valley through Steall gorge, a spectacular chasm forged by glacial forces 12, 000 years ago. Steall waterfall is the second highest in Britain and was used as a backdrop in a scene from Harry Potter and the Goblet of fire. On the way, we’ll hope to find the “hairy coos” (highland cattle) that live in the glen

Please be aware that the walk to Steall falls is on a steep-sided rocky footpath. A good head for heights and good footwear are essential but the destination warrants the effort. The walk will take around 1. 5 hours.

Tour highlights
  • Visit Inverlochy castle and the site of the battle of Inverlochy
  • Marvel at the engineering feat of Neptune’s staircase
  • Learn about the Aluminium industry in the highlands of Scotland
  • Enjoy stunning views of Ben Nevis and the surrounding hill
  • Travel through Glen Nevis at the foot of “The Ben” and meet our “hairy coos”
  • Walk to Steall valley to view the spectacular 120-metre Steall falls

For details of what’s included and what isn’t please see our terms and conditions

We're good to go

To protect both clients and myself in the current circumstances, all Wild West trips are offered on a private basis to parties of up to six people travelling together. For more information on how Wild West are looking after clients please go to my About page.

Self drive guided tours

For those who would feel more comfortable with the additional social distancing provided by travelling in your own vehicle you can do this without missing out on the tour commentary. You simply tune your car radio to the same frequency as my radio mike and the commentary will be transmitted through your in car sound system. No need to book separately and the price is the same. Just drop me an e-mail at to let me know you would like to take up this option and i will give you the frequency to tune to. It's as easy as that.


Please note all tours are currently offered on a private basis and prices, available on application, are per group (up to six people) not per person.

COVID-19 information

In recognition that this business has confirmed that they have followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, ensuring processes are in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social/physical distancing.

Contact details

Wild West
9 Mackay Crescent
Fort William
PH34 4EA

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COVID-19 facilities

  • COVID-19 measures in place
  • COVID-19 refund and cancellation policy in place
  • Capacity limit
  • Contactless payment possible
  • Face masks available for visitors
  • Facilities must be booked
  • Hand sanitiser available to visitors & staff
  • Hygiene screens in place
  • Online booking possible
  • Pets welcome during COVID-19 restrictions


Tour company information

Wild West

Wild West offer a selection of wildlife safaris, scenic tours and photography tours in the west of Scotland. Based in Fort William safaris and tours can cover locations such as Ardnamurchan, Glencoe, Glen Nevis and the islands of Mull and Skye. On wildlife safaris we will be looking for red deer, otters, eagle, red squirrels and seals amongst other species. Join us in October to see the red deer rut. Binoculars and spotting scopes are provided for guest use. Your guide Ian MacLeod is an experienced photographer who will be happy to help you get the best from our camera.

Opening times

Trips normally run between 09.00 and 17.30 daily with evening trips on demand. Tours are available all year. Throughout the winter months, November to March these are by arrangement on a private basis

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