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 surrounded by lochs and mountains and so there are many beauty spots to be found on the walks surrounding the area, however Private House Stays has identified the following for your consideration: Achriabhach Forest Walk, Cia-Aig Falls, Glengarry Forest Walk, Glenloy Forest and Laggan Dam
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
On the North side of the town, in a suburb called Corpach, you find the engineering marvel of Neptunes staircase - the series of canal lochs that lead from Loch Eil up to the Caledonian Canal. Here pleasure boats can be hired for canal cruising up the stunning scenery of the Great Glen to Inverness. Crannog Cruises also services the sea-loch marine trips around Loch Linnhe, that leads South-West past Lismore island to Mull, Oban and the Atlantic
There are 3 Museums in or around Fort William: The Commando Museum, The Treasures of the Earth exhibition and The West Highland Museum. Other attractions identified by Private House Stays for your consideration include the Jabobite Steam train excursion to Mallaig (popularly now referred to as The Hogwarts Express), The Well of Seven Heads feature on the A82 just North of Loch Lochy, The Confectionery Factory Visitor Centre and the links below