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 Caledonian Hotel
The Caledonian Hotel
3 out of 5
Achintoe Road, Fort William, Scotland, PH33 6RW
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £103 per night from 13 Jul to 14 Jul
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Fort William. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the restaurant and the comfy rooms in their ...
3.4/5 Good! (201 reviews)
"Older hotel but right on the loch. Beautiful views. Great breakfast selection!"

Reviewed on 5 Jun 2022

The Caledonian Hotel
Muthu Fort William Hotel
Muthu Fort William Hotel
3 out of 5
Achintore Road, Fort William, Scotland, PH33 6ED
The price is £176 per night from 17 Jul to 18 Jul
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Fort William. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the convenient ...
3.4/5 (165 reviews)
"Nice hotel"

Reviewed on 19 Jun 2022

Muthu Fort William Hotel
Ben Nevis Hotel & Leisure Club
Ben Nevis Hotel & Leisure Club
3 out of 5
North Road, Fort William, Scotland, PH33 6TG
The price is £122 per night from 3 Jul to 4 Jul
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Fort William. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their ...
3.5/5 Good! (582 reviews)
"Very helpful staff at reception, room clean and reasonable size. Breakfast was poor, not enough cups and cutlery, waiting for these to be replenished for considerable time. poor quality cooking and food. No butter, I found a long hair in my mushrooms, as such didn’t eat anything after this. I should ..."

Reviewed on 19 Jun 2022

Ben Nevis Hotel & Leisure Club
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.
Shepherds Rest self catering sleeps 6, pets welcome.
Shepherds Rest self catering sleeps 6, pets welcome.
Fort William, SCT
The price is £398 per night from 3 Jul to 4 Jul
Stay at this family-friendly holiday home in Fort William. Enjoy WiFi, a sauna and on-site parking. Our guests praise the pool in their reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (54 reviews)
Comfortable and clean accommodations in the highlands
"Picked as an overnight stay coming from Fort Augustus. Not a lot of time to check out all the area. Residence is just like in the pictures and super comfortable. Only knock is ii is not easy to get to and forced to go thru single lane 20m tight tunnel."

Reviewed on 23 Jun 2022

Shepherds Rest self catering sleeps 6, pets welcome.
Snowgoose Apartments & The Smiddy Bunkhouse
Snowgoose Apartments & The Smiddy Bunkhouse
3 out of 5
Station Road, Corpach, Fort William, Scotland, PH33 7JH
Stay at this 3-star ski apartment in Fort William. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a terrace. Our guests praise the family amenities in their reviews. Popular ...
3.8/5 Good! (24 reviews)
"Dated decor but really ideal location. Really helpful hosts and facilities perfect for what we needed"

Reviewed on 31 Jul 2019

Snowgoose Apartments & The Smiddy Bunkhouse
Tower Ridge Apartments
Tower Ridge Apartments
4 out of 5
Tower Ridge Courtyard, Torlundy, Fort William, Scotland, PH33 7RD
Stay at this 4-star apartment in Fort William. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a terrace. Our guests praise the family amenities in their reviews. Popular ...
5/5 Exceptional! (3 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
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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