Hill Walking in Fort WilliamAerial view of Fort william from Ben Nevis
Fort William and the surrounding Lochaber area is the gateway to the real highlands of Scotland, served by an overnight sleeper service to London. The town itself is dominated by Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Scotland which is a worthwhile expedition to climb on good paths. The town also marks the South-western entrance to the Caledonian canal that leads through Loch Ness to Inverness. There are many sporting estates around the area with fabulous hill-walking and other outdoor pursuits, the steam-train Jacobite 'Harry Potter' railway to Mallaig and the North end of the West Highland Way.
Fort William is main town servicing the Locaber outdoor sports region where many climbing, walking and adventure/extreme sports events are organised. These include mountain biking, paragliding, rock climbing and also some fantastic walking routes. Fort William is also the start/end point for both the west Highland way that leads South to just above Glasgow and The Great Glen Way that leads to Inverness. The most commonly used walk in the area is the wel-defined path up Ben Nevis that is so well maintained and monitored that you frequently see people in t-shirts and trainers climbing the mountain in favourable summer conditions
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