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Fort William
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Fort William featuring 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.

Where to stay in Fort William

The Garrison
The Garrison
4 out of 5
High Street, \N, Fort William, Scotland
The price is £75 per night from 7 Jul to 7 Jul
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 ...
4.2/5Excellent! (222 reviews)
Good hotel and location
"Well decorated and well run property in good location at the end of the High Street Due to current Covid restrictions all bars/restaurants have to close at 6pm so the hotel let guests eat take away food form local restaurants in the hotel bar and provided cutlery etc which was helpful as we arranged ..."

Reviewed on 30 Oct 2020

The Garrison
Nevis Bank Inn
Nevis Bank Inn
4 out of 5
Belford Road, Fort William, Scotland
The price is £153 per night from 24 Jun to 24 Jun
Situated in Fort William, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Loch Linnhe and Lochaber Geopark. Inverlochy Castle and Great Glen Way are also within 15 minutes. ...
4.4/5Excellent! (396 reviews)
Short stay
"In the current circumstances the facilities & service was excellent. Good to get access to the restaurant as a resident."

Reviewed on 23 Oct 2020

Nevis Bank Inn
Inverlochy Castle
Inverlochy Castle
5 out of 5
Torlundy, Fort William, Scotland
The price is £515 per night from 14 Jul to 14 Jul
Situated in the historical district, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Ben Nevis Distillery and Lochaber Geopark. Loch Linnhe is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (133 reviews)
"Situated in a perfect location for exploring the Highlands of Scotland. The staff are all excellent and nothing seems to be too much trouble. The food is delightful and the rooms are very comfortable. I would have no hesitation in recommending this hotel."

Reviewed on 20 Oct 2020

Inverlochy Castle
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Springwell Croft Cottages
Springwell Croft Cottages
4 out of 5
ONICH, Fort William, Scotland
Situated in Fort William, this cottage is within a 5-minute walk of Loch Linnhe and Lochaber Geopark. Loch Leven and Pixel Spirits Distillery are also within ...
Springwell Croft Cottages
Tower Ridge Apartments
Tower Ridge Apartments
4 out of 5
Tower Ridge Courtyard, Torlundy, Fort William, Scotland
Situated in Fort William, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lochaber Geopark and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Loch Linnhe. Ben Nevis Distillery and Nevis ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
"Très bel appartement tout équipé et très confortable. 2 grandes chambres et 2 grandes salles de bain très bien équipées. Un grand séjour avec 2 canapés, télévision, lecteur dvd, wifi... une grande et belle cuisine équipée avec four, micro ondes, frigidaire, congélateur, lave vaisselle, lave linge ..."

Reviewed on 15 Aug 2020

Tower Ridge Apartments
New in 2018 No/ 11 Ardrhu Cottage, Onich Cottage With a View
New in 2018 No/ 11 Ardrhu Cottage, Onich Cottage With a View
Fort William, SCT
Situated on the waterfront, this cottage is within a 5-minute walk of Loch Linnhe and Lochaber Geopark. Loch Leven is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) away.
4.9/5Exceptional! (34 reviews)
Cosy cottage on the loch
"Lovely simple cottage with everything we needed and beautiful views of the Loch which is a couple of minutes walk away. Perfect for a little getaway with our two kids and dog!"

Reviewed on 2 May 2021

New in 2018 No/ 11 Ardrhu Cottage, Onich Cottage With a View
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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