Fort William Hotels
Mini guide to Fort William
With its stunning position on the shore of Loch Linnhe, tucked in below the
snow-streaked bulk of Ben Nevis, Fort William is a lively Highland town with
magnificent scenery and a fascinating history. Its ideal blend of tranquil sea
lochs, forests and rugged mountain terrain, makes it a mecca for walkers, climbers
and fishermen, as well as weekenders seeking peace and quiet.
The town itself is charming and, as the largest town hereabouts, has all the
services and facilities you'd expect, including a selection of fine restaurants.
The scant remains of the fort from which the town gets its name can be seen
on the loch side, near the train station. Fort William's West Highland museum
is interesting and displays many relics of Jacobite times, most notably the
'secret' portrait of Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie).
Around Fort William are some of the Highland's finest natural attractions.
Ben Nevis is just to the south of the town and, at 4,406 feet (1,344 metres),
is a popular challenge for walkers. The striking scenery of Aviemore, Cairngorm
and Glencoe is nearby. In the winter, there's skiing and snowboarding at Aonach
Mor, one of Scotland's top ski areas; as well as good mountain biking around
the Leanachan Forest.
Fort William is easily reached by bus from Inverness, Glasgow and Oban, and
by train, direct from Glasgow via the amazing and beautiful West Highland Railway.
The train and bus stations are next to each other at the north end of High Street,
on the other side of the dual carriageway. If you're driving, first get to Glasgow
(if coming from the south this is done via the M6 and then M74/ M73/ M8), then
A82 links Glasgow with Fort William, passing over Rannoch Moor and through Glencoe
on the way. It's approximately 2 hours to Fort William.
Selection of hotels in this region:
The Highland Hotel
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full list of hotels and online booking