A Brief Guide To Fort William

A Brief Guide To Fort William

A Brief Guide To Fort William

The first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of Fort William is Ben Nevis. Although the town is an excellent base for exploring the infamous mountain, it does Fort William an injustice to limit its attractions to one big mountain.

Adrenaline junkies come from far and wide to mountain bike along fear-inducing routes, but if you’re after a more leisurely pace of life, perhaps a whisky distillery or cosy pub might be more up your street.

It’s impossible to mention Fort William, without a quick nod to the largest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis. Measuring in at an impressive 1,345 m, the mountain dominates the skyline.

A visitors’ centre in close by Glen Nevis is the easiest way to access the mountain and an 8-hour trek to the top will deliver breath-taking views of the surrounding mountains and lochs. Please don’t attempt to climb a mountain of this size without proper equipment and supplies and do check the weather is appropriate before you set off.

With a huge challenge such as Ben Nevis on its doorstep, Fort William attracts outdoor junkies from around the world. The walking, fishing and biking opportunities are almost endless but if you’re after something to get the heart-rate up, skiing and white water rafting are also available here.

The town itself is practically designed for relaxation after a day of excitement! If you need to warm the cockles after a full day’s walking, what better than Scotland’s own internal heating system: a dram? Whether you cosy up in a pub or visit a distillery, a whisky is a good reward after a day on your feet.

Fort William is easily accessible on foot and is the best way to explore the town, although a bus service and taxis are available. The town is full of cafes, pubs and restaurants that cater to all tastes, especially when you are in dire need of a refuelling!

The town offers beautiful walks to the local lochs for gorgeous scenery and Harry Potter fans can even board the famous steam train that took Harry to Hogwarts! Not many places can boast that kind of tour!

Although Fort William looks quite remote on a map, it is well connected to Edinburgh and Glasgow by train or bus. It takes around 3 hours to drive from Edinburgh or Glasgow.

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