Discover Fort William
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.
Things to do in Fort William
Glenfinnan Station Museum
The Museum is small but explains the amazing story of how the McAlpine company broke a cartel by bidding for a line that was considered impossible
Old Inverlochy Castle
Old Inverlochy Castle is a ruin but was one of the most important castles in Scottish history and has been the backdrop for two major Scottish battles.
Neptune's Staircase is a staircase lock comprising eight locks on the Caledonian Canal and is the longest staircase lock in Britain
Buachaille Etive Mòr
Popular amongst the Munro peaks, Buachaille Etive Mòr is one of the most photographed sights in Scotland. The mountain ridge contains four principal tops, of which three qualify as Munros.
Glenfinnan Monument & Viaduct
Glenfinnan is a village in the Lochaber district of the Scottish Highlands. It is situated at the northern end of Loch Shiel, at the foot of Glen Finnan. The Glenfinnan Monument, erected in 1815 at the head of Loch Shiel, marks the spot where Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) raised his standard at the start of the Jacobite rebellions in 1745. The viaduct was constructed between 1897 and 1901 by the engineer Sir Robert McAlpine. Twenty-one arches are extended and 30 meters high. The viaduct was made famous in the second Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, where the Jacobite steam train was transformed into the Hogwarts Express - was filmed crossing the viaduct. This shot was repeated several times in subsequent films. The viaduct also appears in the film Ring of Bright Water (1969), where the lead actor, Bill Travers, is filmed crossing it.
Ben Nevis Distillery
Ben Nevis Distillery is named after the highest mountain in the UK, north of Fort William. Founded in 1825 by John MacDonald, it is one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland and a popular attraction in Fort William. Ben Nevis was the first distillery to provide both malt and grain whisky. The water used for the whisky comes from Allt a' Mhuilinn flowing on the north face of Ben Nevis. The distillery is owned since 1989 by the Japanese company Nikka Whisky Distilling Co. Ltd.