Welcome to Fort William and Lochaber – the outdoor capital of the UK and the largest town in the Scottish Highlands.
Set on the shores of Loch Linnhe and Loch Eil, there is a real sense of countryside and freedom where visitors can marvel at the sheer beauty of the Nevis Range and Ben Nevis, as well as the Glencoe area and the Great Glen.
The surrounding area also has more to offer than you could possibly imagine and is easily recognisable from films such as Braveheart, Rob Roy, Highlander, and of course – Harry Potter!
Why not try one of our suggestions for a great day out on the West Coast?
Things to see and do:
Discover Fort William
Start the day off with a Gondola trip up the Nevis Range, taking you 2300 feet up Aonach Mor. Sit back and enjoy the magnificent views of the mountains that haven’t changed since Bonnie Prince Charlie was here.
Next how about a visit to the Treasures of the Earth – one of Europe’s finest gemstones and crystal collections, displayed in a stunning simulation cave with cavern and mining scenes.
Enjoy the splendour of Loch Linnhe and the tranquillity of the water aboard a Crannog Cruise, you’ll be surrounded by common and grey seals. You’ll love the freshness of the Sea Loch air certain to help you sleep well at night.
Take a trip to the visitor centre at Ben Nevis distillery, where you’ll see and hear how the giant “Hector MacDram” discovered the “legend of the Dew of Ben Nevis”. You’ll also enjoy a taste of fine Ben Nevis whisky, sure to keep you warm.
On your way back to the hotel see some historic battle sites. The ruins of Old Inverlochy Castle, marking the site of the battle of Inverlochy in 1645.
Or why not relax and take the Fort William to Mallaig Jacobite steam railway trip?
Visit Loch Ness
Experience the Beauty of Loch Ness and relax in the Highland Capital
Travel on the Great Glen route to Inverness. Take time for plenty of stops along the way. Stop at the Loch Ness Visitor Centre at Drumnadrochit (that’s drum – na – droch – it), you’ll see the Loch Ness monster and listen to all the historical tales of the area.
Take a Jacobite Loch Ness Cruise if you fancy going Nessie hunting, or just want to relax on the water.
Inverness recently became a city, and there’s shops to match, with the only Marks and Spencers in the highlands.
If you really like the sea life, how about Dolphin watching on the Moray Firth, taking one of the scheduled trips from Inverness harbour.