Out and About
Things to see and do
Fort William is all about stunning scenery and outdoor pursuits. Whether you visit during summer or winter "The Outdoor Capital of the UK" is a mecca for all outdoor enthusiasts. Fort William is a walkers paradise. If you are a committed mountaineer or part time rambler you are sure to find something of interest.
For the energetic, walk the tourist path to the summit of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain and enjoy the spectacular views across to the Nevis Range Ski Resort and Glen Nevis.
Alternatively, for the less energetic, take the Nevis Range Gondola to the top of Aonach Mor (just 7 miles /11.2km north of Fort William along the A82) and enjoy the panoramic views across Lochaber whilst having some lunch in the Snowgoose restaurant, or perhaps, taking one of the 3 nature trails along the summit.
There is a very enjoyable drive along Glen Nevis to the lower and upper falls, past the Ben Nevis Visitor Centre. You are sure to see local highland cattle grazing by the river.
For those interested in castles, visit the ruins of old Inverlochy Castle, in Fort William which has a checkered history.
Take a trip to the West Coast by car along the picturesque "Road to the Isles" (A830) finishing at the port of Mallaig or take the train and cross the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct – as seen in the Harry Potter movie. During the summer season, the Jabobite Steam Train runs along this route.(book in advance before arrival)
Neptune’s Staircase at Banavie, (3 miles/ 4.8km) offers the best views of the Nevis Range mountains and the many boats navigating the 7 lock gates from sea level to and from the upper Caledonian Canal.
Alternatively, stop off en-route at Treasures of the Earth in Corpach, before continuing the drive to the Glenfinnan Visitor Centre and discover the history behind Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite Uprising. During the summer there is the options of boat trips down Loch Shiel or continue by car to the wonderful beaches around Arisaig and Morar before reaching Mallaig.
From Arisaig Harbour the day trip to the isles of Rum or Eigg is a must. Enjoy the superb seascapes and have a really good day out (book in advance).
Fort William sailing club, local fishing boats and holiday yachts traversing the Caledonian Canal provide much activity on Loch Linnhe. You can spend an hour or so sailing on the loch with Seal Island Cruises, perhaps followed by a delicious meal or cup of coffee at the Crannog on your return.
Inverness, 'Capital of the Highlands', is not far from Fort William. On the way, stop at Fort Augustus to view the historic lock gates, do some shopping or have some lunch. At Drumnadrochit, visit the world renowned Urquhart Castle, cruise Loch Ness or see the Monster Exhibition.
Take the short drive to Glencoe (10 miles/16 km) and around Loch Leven and enjoy the stunning scenery. Visit Glencoe Visitor Centre for some local knowledge and history surrounding the famous clan battles, enjoying a coffee or snack while you are there. Alternatively the Ballachulish Tourist Information Centre is well worth a visit. For the outdoor enthusiast, even when the weather is inclement, you can enjoy the ice and rock climbing at the Ice Factor, Kinlochleven – the UK’s premier indoor mountain activity centre with ice wall and rock climbs. Full equipment hire and safety instructions provided. There are family sessions daily and taster sessions are available. Access to viewing areas is free and there is a coffee shop available. For further details visit their website. (www.ice-factor.co.uk )
Places to Eat and Drink in Fort William
Reservations can be made at local restaurants upon your arrival, to suit individual requirements. This is strongly recommended particularly during high season. The following list is only a small selection:
No 4 Restaurant
- Alt-an Lodge :
- Achintore Road :
- Fort William :
- Inverness-shire :
- PH33 6RN :
- Tel:+44 (0)1397 704546 :