Fort William

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Fort William showing street scenes

Hike around this picturesque region for views of the stunning lochs. Study Scottish cultural facets of pubs, haggis and whiskey.

Lochs, hills and Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, surround the quaint town of Fort William in the Scottish Highlands. The settlement, which overlooks the vast Loch Linnhe, has a castle and a bustling central main street. Appreciate the serene countryside setting as you hike past forests and lakes.

Ben Nevis reaches 4,409 feet (1,344 meters) above sea level. Learn about the huge rock formation and its history. Use climbing equipment for your ascent up the Pony Track from the Glen Nevis base. At the summit is an abandoned observatory.

The region is known for its lakes. Go to Loch Lochy for excellent views of hilly woodland. Learn about the Battle of the Shirts in 1544. At lake’s southern end is the Caledonian Canal, which contains Neptune’s Staircase. Watch the 90-minute mechanical process that lifts boats. Learn the origins of this staircase lock, which is among the longest in Britain and dates back to 1803.

Pay tribute to fallen officers of World War II at the Commando Memorial. The statue of British Commandos has a stunning backdrop of Ben Nevis.

In the town, visit the 13th-century Old Inverlochy Castle, where tremendous battles occurred. A short distance away is Ben Nevis Distillery, which has been making whiskey since 1825. Enjoy a tasting and learn about whiskey distilling. Wander through the nearby Leanachan Forest.

Browse shops and dine at restaurants in the small town center. Eat at a typical Scottish pub serving the national dish of haggis, containing sheep parts with onions and spices.

The region has freezing winters. Snow adds a postcard-pretty element to the mountainous backdrop. Pleasant summers provide ideal picnic conditions.

The town is in the southwestern part of the Highlands of Scotland in the northwestern region of the country. Regular buses and trains depart from Glasgow. The Caledonian Sleeper train runs overnight from London. Drive from Edinburgh in about 3 hours.

Fort William is a loch town concealed in the Highlands by Britain’s second Big Ben.

The Garrison
The Garrison
4 out of 5
High Street, \N, Fort William, Scotland
The price is AU$128 per night from 9 Oct. to 9 Oct.
Situated in Fort William, this hotel is steps away from West Highland Way, Loch Linnhe and Lochaber Geopark. Lochaber Geopark Visitor Centre and West Highland ...
4.3/5Excellent! (238 reviews)
"Enjoyed our stay here"

Reviewed on 14 Sep. 2021

The Garrison
The Caledonian Hotel
The Caledonian Hotel
3 out of 5
Achintoe Road, Fort William, Scotland
The price is AU$180 per night from 16 Oct. to 16 Oct.
Situated in Fort William, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Loch Linnhe and Lochaber Geopark. West Highland Way and Inverlochy Castle are also within 3 ...
3.4/5Good! (127 reviews)
"The Hotel was ok for what we wanted, just an overnight stay."

Reviewed on 9 Sep. 2021

The Caledonian Hotel
Ben Nevis Hotel & Leisure Club
Ben Nevis Hotel & Leisure Club
3 out of 5
North Road, Fort William, Scotland
The price is AU$236 per night from 15 Oct. to 15 Oct.
Situated in the historical district, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Lochaber Geopark and Loch Linnhe. Ben Nevis Distillery and Great Glen ...
3.5/5Good! (483 reviews)
"Breakfast was good plenty of food, room was clean, didn't use leisure facilities but looked ok, would stay here again"

Reviewed on 15 Sep. 2021

Ben Nevis Hotel & Leisure Club
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Springwell Croft Cottages
Springwell Croft Cottages
4 out of 5
ONICH, Fort William, Scotland
Situated in Fort William, this cottage is steps away from Loch Linnhe and Lochaber Geopark. Loch Leven and Pixel Spirits Distillery are also within 2 miles (3 ...
Springwell Croft Cottages
The Shack at Inchree
The Shack at Inchree
3.5 out of 5
The Shack at Inchree, Inchree, Fort William, Scotland
Situated in the mountains, this eco-friendly villa is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Pixel Spirits Distillery and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from The Dragons Tooth Golf Course. Glencoe ...
4.4/5Excellent! (5 reviews)
October 2020
"Just need a laundry for long stay, and it will be perfect. Other then this it’s GREAT."

Reviewed on 12 Oct. 2020

The Shack at Inchree
Glen Pean
Glen Pean
3.5 out of 5
Rowanlea Tomonie, Fort William, Scotland
Situated in Fort William, this cottage is within a 15-minute walk of Lochaber Geopark and Neptune's Staircase. Ben Nevis Distillery and Cape Wrath Trail are ...
2/5 (1 review)
"It was roomy, but way overpriced for the location and amenities....advise future reservations to have some one pound coins as you may have to pay for electicity"

Reviewed on 27 Jul. 2019

Glen Pean
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