Ben Nevis and Fort William
an interesting aerial view
Fort William Parade
from the High Street
Fort William from Corpach
with Ben Nevis behind
Fort William evening light
a scene from Caol village
Stunning Glen Nevis scenery
only 10 minutes from Fort William
The Caledonian Canal
at Corpach, Fort William
Cruise boats on Loch Linnhe
visiting Fort William
Ben Nevis Distillery, Fort William
at the Foot of Ben Nevis
Choose from FOUR golf courses
around the Fort William area
Forest walks and bike tracks
all around Fort William
Take a mountain gondola ride
the views are stunning !
Boat trips on Loch Linnhe
from Fort William
Walking on Traigh Beach at Arisaig
on a glorious winter afternoon
Walkers returning from their ascent
of Ben Nevis in Fort William
Steam locomotive on its way to the west coast
in the outdoor capital of the UK
UCI downhill mountain biking
on Nevis Range Fort William
A picnic by the Lower Falls
in Glen Nevis Fort William
Panoramic views from Nevis Range
only 15 mins from Fort William
The Caledonian Canal at Corpach
with superb views of Ben Nevis and great walks
Fort William & Lochaber Area Guide
The area features the most westerly point in Britain - Ardnamurchan Point; the second deepest loch - Loch Morar; the Highland mountain; the most infamous Highland glen - historic Glencoe with its amazing scenery; perhaps the most famous glen in Scotland - Glenfinnan - where the Clan Cameron gathered there to meet Bonnie Prince Charlie from France, to lead the historic Jacobite Army. We have the only mountain gondola in Scotland with two superb downhill bike tracks and a full range of summer and winter sports. If that’s not a lot we have the Caledonian Canal, a superb inland waterway joining the Atlantic to the North Sea; the Great Glen and world famous Road to the Isles, with its hugely popular Iron Horse Jacobite train journey. Oh, there’s also a very long maritime coastline perfect for fishing or kayaking - not to mention some of the largest areas of fresh water lochs in Scotland.
Getting here is relatively straight forward, although the journey can seem long. Scottish airports at Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness have international and domestic flights landing visitors directly into Scotland where excellent train and bus services will bring you to the Highlands in comfort. There are several local taxi firms who will gladly pick you up from any UK airport pick-up point and give you a guided tour on the way back here! Once you arrive in Fort William there are local car rental businesses who provide an excellent service. You can rent a mountain bike or cycle locally too and so there’s no reason not to stay and explore longer. We often suggest to folk not just to pass through - there is so much to see and experience.
Lochaber’s history has been a long one with many events over the centuries shaping the politics of the United Kingdom - the Celts, the Vikings, the English, the French and Spanish and latterly the British and of course the Highland Jacobites have all shaped who we are today. The site of old Inverlochy Castle in Fort William goes way back in time when there was a fortified building there 800 years ago; and when in 1645 three thousand men engaged in a ferocious battle one cold February day that is said to have left the river red with blood. Today Fort William, Glencoe, the Great Glen, Ardnamurchan attract people for outdoor activities, its history and of course Ben Nevis and the Jacobite Steam Train.
Almost 10,000 people live and work in and around the town of Fort William, which includes several small villages and communities nearby. The Lochaber area which includes the places mentioned has a population of around 20,000. Many people work to provide tourism services by providing a huge range of holiday accommodation which includes traditional cottages, self catering lodges and homes, guesthouses, some large and small hotels, camping parks and hostels.
Our Fort William Eating Out Guide will help you locate some really good restaurants, pubs and cafes, including traditional Fish ’n Chip shops. We have some very high quality places to dine set amongst mountains, glens or lochsides and the town centre has a good choice of family restaurants including seafood specialists.
Through the year, but mostly during the Spring and Summer months, there are lots of events and activities to think about visiting and enjoying the fun and thrills of downhill biking, Highland games, music and art festivals and exhibitions and live entertainment with local musicians.
Local services include lots of food producers who supply the highest quality seafood and game from the land and seas. Some specialise in smoked produce and other produce bakery specialities. Forestry and timber processing, fish farming, aluminium smelting are our main industries, and these are supported by many local trades and retail outlets. The people of Lochaber are looked after by a very impressive NHS Highland health service, together with the Fire Service and Police Scotland.