Fort William Tourist Information

Fort William

Fort William

A Highlands outdoor activity capital at the foot of Ben Nevis, Fort William is the Highlands resort of choice for many, a mecca for walkers, skiers and climbers, and a quintessentially Highlands town, surrounded by spectacular mountains and lochs. Packed with activities and attractions, including the popular Hogwarts Express, a steam railway rides as seen on the Harry Potter film ‘the Phillosopher’s Stone’, Fort William is the largest town in the Highlands, located on the southern edge of Great Glen at the foot of Britain’s highest mountain Ben Nevis.

Accessible by train from both Glasgow and Edinburgh, continue your scenic railway trip on the Jacobite Express from Fort Willian to Mallaig on the West Coast, combined with a day trip to the Isle of Skye. Alternatively head off on some local sightseeing, with attractions in the area including the West Highland Museum, the Ben Nevis Distillery or how about a gentle boat trip on Loch Linnhe where you might spot a grey or common seal.

Numerous outdoor activity centres are located in Fort William itself, and around the Lochaber area which includes the Nevis Range. Activities in the area feature hiking, walking, water sports, skiing and mountain biking. Walkers can pick up the two long-distance walking trails – the Great Glen Way and the West Highland Way direct from Fort William.

Fantastic skiing and snowboarding is on offer in the Lochaber area in season, and around Fort William visitors can enjoy everything from climbing, scrambling and paragliding to canoeing, sailing, waterskiing and canyoning. You’ll find numerous activity providers in the area offering outdoor activity winter and summer packages for climbing, rock climbing and scrambling catering for all levels, with popular activity territory including Ben Nevis, Glen Coe, Glen Nevis and the famed 11 Munros.

Hotspot for accessing these range of outdoor activities is The Nevis Range Mountain Centre situated a mere 7 miles to the north of Fort William via the A82. A ski resort area with ski lift in the winter, during the summer mounts the centre is a hub for walking and mountain biking, with a mix of challenging trails, particularly the famed world class downhill mountain bike track. Spectacular forest biking trails are within Leanachan Forest and for more gentle mountain trails head to Aonach Mor which offers spectacular views from the summit. Mountain bike hire is widely available in Fort William centre.

For the experienced hill walker, Ben Nevis is the ultimate challenge, towering imposingly over Fort William. Glen Nevis pushing south east of Fort William offers easier valley floor walking – this world famous Highlands area has featured widely in films including Braveheart, Highlander and Harry Potter! Pick up a wealth of leaflets, maps and guides to the area at the Glen Nevis Visitor Centre. Accommodation in Fort William and around Lochaber is extensive, including alpine style self-catering chalet accommodation, stylish apartments and B&Bs in spectacular locations at the foot of Glen Coe. Browse and book Fort William accommodation online now.

Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.