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Fort William is more than the home of Ben Nevis, it is the largest town in the West Highlands between Glasgow and Inverness and is a great place to stay when exploring the Highlands and Western Islands! Fort William and Lochaber offer year round activities such as:


Ben Nevis is Britains highest mountain standing a proud 4,409 feet above sea level. It attracts over 120,000 climbers a year, but don't be put off by the scale! Other more manageable and remarkably beautiful walks can also be achieved in Glen Nevis, famous for its many film locations and the Glen breath taking beauty of Steall Falls (know as the wedding veil).

The Nevis Range offers a range of activities to keep individuals and families occupied. Take the Gondola up to Aonoch Mor mountain and enjoy some amazing walks and views. Some of the attractions on offer at the Nevis Range are: Mountain biking and the UK World Trial SPEA FIM championships in July. There is also High Wire Adventure and Ceilidh nights to enjoy. Even in the winter there is adventure to be had on the ski slopes. See here for more details.

Check out the Undiscovered Scotland Website to find out more about The Caledonian Canal and Neptune's Staircase, where you can view boats lined up for over 500 yards awaiting their turn to be raised 70ft above sea level to sail through the eights lochs that connect Loch Linnhe with the freshwater lochs of the Great Glen, Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and the famous Loch Ness. All these lochs are within a 45 minute drive from Fort William and Braeside House.

Steam Train - if you want a more relaxing adventure then take the Harry Potter steam train from Fort William to Mallaig. See the West Coast Railway Website for details of the Harry Potter Train Times.


Beautiful views to enjoy

Walking - some of the most beautiful trails for all ages and abilities can be found in Fort William and the Lochaber area. For the more adventurous, Fort William marks the end and the beginning of two of the most famous walks in the UK, The West Highland Way and The Great Glen Way. which attract challengers from all over the world. The West Highland WayThe Great Glen or Walk Highlands are good resources for more details.


Mountain Climbing - Take the challenge, climb a ledge or abseil on some of the most challenging mountains: call Max Hunter.

If you like Whisky then why not visit the Ben Nevis Distillery to sample the local delights. See the Ben Nevis Distillery Website for more info.

The Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge was erected in memory of the officers and men of the Commandos who died in the Second World War 1939-1945.

Glenfinnan visitor centre and Bonnie Prince Charlie monument and a fabulous view of the viaduct seen in the Harry Potter movies.

Castles are a common site in Scotland, castles near Fort William include Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness and Eilean Donan Castle on the road to Skye. 

Explore our wonderful beeches in Arisaig or the Silver Sands of Morar, on the Road to the Isles.

Ardnamurchan the most westerly point in mainland Britain. 130 miles of beautiful coastal drive from Fort William. 

Join in on challenging adventures such as Kayaking/Canoeing, White water rafting/Canyoning or even join in on many of the charity events that take place in Fort William and Glen Coe. Visit: No Fuss Events or Vertical Descents

For Local attractions visit:  www.outdoorcapital.co.uk

Eating and entertainment in Fort William is what ever you want it to be, from fish dishes www.crannog.net or great pub food in the www.grogandgruel.co.uk (dog friendly), to great Indian food at the spice Tandoori in the High Street. Or enjoy a quite drinks in one of the many pubs or traditional Ceilidh evenings at www.ben-nevis-inn.co.uk at the foot of Ben Nevis.