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Fort William lies along the south of the Great Glen in the heart of the Highlands. It might be small, but it's the biggest town around these parts and serves as a gateway to Ben Nevis, the mountain that looms over it. It's a pretty enough town, with a cobbled high street flanked by late 19th-century brick buildings, overlooking a loch, but most just use it as a base to lace up their boots and head for the hills. It's had its fair share of film crews staying in town, while shooting everything from the Harry Potter movies to Braveheart in the nearby mountains. Try to clear a little time to visit the West Highland Museum, which chronicles the history of the region, or head for the Ben Nevis Distillery, to learn about the production of single malt and enjoy a warming dram of whisky.
Traditional B&Bs don't get better than the ones found in Fort William, and have long been used as the base for exploring the Highlands. After a day's hike, you can retreat to your cosy home-away-from-home, kick off your muddy boots and settle in for the night. You can take your pick from the small family-run homes, with just a smattering of guestrooms and a welcoming ambience, or choose one of the grander properties, with tasteful tartan furnishings and free-standing roll-top baths. Handily, Expedia makes finding the right Fort William bed and breakfast a breeze with their easily navigable property pages, complete with photos and descriptions.
Whichever bed and breakfast in Fort William you choose, you can expect most of the things you'd find in a hotel. Guestrooms typically come furnished with a kettle, a flat-screen TV to catch up on your latest series, and comfortable beds. Most come with private ensuite bathrooms, and there's usually a place to park your car, if you've brought one. You'll need some serious fuel if you're going to head out into the wilderness. Fortunately, the guesthouses around these parts provide hearty Scottish breakfasts – think bacon, eggs and tattie scones – or healthier bowls of good old porridge, done the right away. Looking to continue on your Scottish adventure? Why not explore the urban sprawl and unique attractions of the country's biggest city, Glasgow?
Fort William is often nicknamed "the Outdoor Capital of the UK" and it lives up to its moniker. There might not be an awful lot to do in the town itself, but it's the gateway to the stark moorland scenery of the Highlands and towering Ben Nevis, the UK's highest mountain. If climbing high mountains isn't your thing, there's a packed list of adventures to be had near your Fort William bed and breakfast. During the winter months, you'll have access to 2 of the country's best ski resorts, around Nevis and Glencoe Mountain, where you can hit the powdery pistes on skis or snowboards. In the summer, when the snows have all but melted away, you can take to 2 wheels and pedal down the exciting trails on a mountain bike or go walking among the heather-strewn footpaths.
Looking for something a little more adventurous? How about taking to the rapids on white water rafts, canyoning down waterfalls or racing across the highlands on quad bikes? If you're a train buff, you won't want to miss a ride on The Jacobite steam locomotive, which chugs through the spectacular scenery, crossing stone bridges and passing glistening lochs as it goes.