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Fort WilliamUnited Kingdom

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.

Where to stay in Fort William

Fort William City Centre, Fort William, Scotland, United Kingdom

Fort William City Centre

4/5Very Good!(18 area reviews)

Fort William City Centre is known for its abundant dining options, and you can plan a trip to Lochaber Geopark and Loch Linnhe while you're in town.

Fort William City Centre

Top hotels in Fort William

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Ben Nevis Hotel & Leisure Club
Ben Nevis Hotel & Leisure Club
3 out of 5
North Road, Fort William, Scotland
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £92 per night

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 Belford ...

3.5/5Good! (397 reviews)
Lovely place to stay.

"It was wonderful the staff were great the food was lovely.."…"

Reviewed on 18 Mar 2020

Ben Nevis Hotel & Leisure Club
The Corran - Serviced Accommodation
The Corran - Serviced Accommodation
3.5 out of 5
Corran, Onich, Inverness-shire, Fort William, Scotland
The price is £85 per night

Situated in Fort William, this inn is within a 5-minute walk of Lochaber Geopark and Loch Linnhe. Pixel Spirits Distillery and The Dragons Tooth Golf Course ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (128 reviews)
very very nice, loved it!

"Amazing, just beautiful. Hotel was spotless and great quality. Would 100% stay again"…"

Reviewed on 22 Mar 2020

The Corran - Serviced Accommodation
The Garrison
The Garrison
4 out of 5
High Street, Fort William, Scotland
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £70 per night

Situated in Fort William, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Lochaber Geopark and Loch Linnhe. West Highland Museum and Inverlochy Castle are also within ...

4.3/5Excellent! (193 reviews)

"Loved this hotel! Staff was very helpful and friendly, location is right in the town center and a very walkable distance to the Loche. Room was very clean, modern, and i especially appreciated the usb outlets. Great stay, can't wait to come again!"…"

Reviewed on 23 Mar 2020

The Garrison

Popular places to visit in Fort William

Ben Nevis
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Ben Nevis

4.5/5(74 reviews)

Brave the conditions and climb to the summit of this mountain to see the ruins of an observatory from the 19th century.

Neptune's Staircase
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Neptune's Staircase

4.5/5(51 reviews)

Bring the kids to watch these canal locks at work and marvel at the machinery dating back to the 19th century.

Steall Waterfall
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Steall Waterfall

4.5/5(10 reviews)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Steall Waterfall during your travels in Fort William. Visit the top-notch restaurants or lively bars in this quaint area.

Glenfinnan Viaduct
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Glenfinnan Viaduct

4.5/5(82 reviews)

You can learn more about the history of Glenfinnan when you visit a well-known site such as Glenfinnan Viaduct. While you're here, you can savour the top-notch restaurants.

Rannoch Moor
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Rannoch Moor

4.5/5(50 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Rannoch Moor, a popular green space in Pitlochry. Discover the area's top-notch restaurants and its entertainment choices.

Commando Memorial
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Commando Memorial

4.5/5(45 reviews)

Against a mountainous backdrop is a statue that pays tribute to the fallen British Commandos of World War II.

Top things to do in Fort William

Whisky & Waterfalls Full-Day Tour
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Whisky & Waterfalls Full-Day Tour

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Highlands of Scotland private day tour
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Highlands of Scotland private day tour

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Reviews of Fort William


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16 Mar 2020

Fort William is a poor shadow of its former self. The main street is run down and has too many empty properties.

5/5 - Excellent

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25 Nov 2019

Great base for Highland sightseeing.

5/5 - Excellent

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13 Nov 2019

Take the train to mallaig. Sit on the left. You will not be disappointed

3/5 - Okay

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19 Oct 2019

local food in Geography bistro excellent. Fort William is suffering from the recession, quite a lot of empty shops on the main street

3/5 - Okay

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16 Oct 2019

Fort William is a nice place but lacks atmosphere

4/5 - Good

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3 Oct 2019

We were in fort William to catch the Jacobite train to mallaig which had the most incredible views. We didn’t venture out much around fort William however as on arrival back from mallaig we headed straight for Glasgow. What we did see was pleasant

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