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Loch Linhe
Ben Nevis on a cloudy day

Sitting at the head of Loch Linnhe, a sea loch, and at the foot of Ben Nevis, Fort William is the major town of the South Western Scottish Highlands, Scotland. The High Street is the heart of the town - here one will find most of the shops, pubs and restaurants and at its northern end, beyond the bypass, the bus and railway stations.

Get in

Fort William Map.jpg

By bus

Several coaches a day run to and from Glasgow, Oban, Kyle of Lochalsh, the Isle of Skye and Inverness. One a day runs to Mallaig and in summer a couple also go to Kingussie and Aviemore.

Local buses run to Kinlochleven via Glencoe.

By train

Several trains a day run to and from Glasgow via Crianlarich and Loch Lomond on the spectacular West Highland Railway and continue on the even more scenic route to Mallaig.

Get around

The centre of Fort William is small enough to get around on foot.

In summer local buses run to Glen Nevis Youth Hostel.

Scottish Highland Tours,Telephone (+44) (0)1397 704901, offers tours from Fort William in luxury buses [1] and also offers taxis and cars from Fort William.

See

  • Soak in the views along the Loch-side

Do

Loch Linhe
  • Climb Ben Nevis - the highest mountain in Britain. The summit is 4400 foot high with some dangerous sections very near the path to the summit. It is essential that a waterproof map and compass is carried as well as warm clothing and waterproofs. A leaflet, "Navigation on Ben Nevis", is available free in Fort William. [2]
  • In winter, skiing and snowboarding at the nearby Nevis Range [3], with a gondala and chairlifts up the hill.
  • In summer, there are cross country and downhill mountain bike courses at Nevis Range. The UCI mountain bike World Cup has been hosted here several times. [4]
  • From March to October one can start the Great Glen Way walk to Inverness from Fort William.
  • Steam train from Fort William to Mallaig Operates from 17th June to 4th October. The train leaves Fort William at 10:20am and returns to Fort William at 4:00pm with an hour and a half in Mallaig. It crosses the famous 21 arch Glenfinnan viaduct and stops at the village of Glenfinnan where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard in 1745. Fare: £27 standard and £40 first class. Telephone +44 (0) 1524 737751 /737753.[5]

Buy

Shops on the High Street offer a wide choice of Scottish dresses, woollenware, mementoes and of course Scotch Whisky. Each clan has a particular design and colour, and the wide variety is generally on display. Many of the tour operators bringing in tourists provide a lunch break at Fort William, long enough for more than just a look at the variety.

Eat

Food is basically meat-based. Fish is also available. Those who want to avoid both have to look for vegetable sandwiches, croissants and salads.

Drink

It is Scotland and so one need not worry about availability of drinks. The in-thing is single malt whisky but tourists also have a wide choice of popular branded blends. Note that, as in many other Scottish towns, it is illegal to drink in public places like the High Street.

Sleep

Budget

  • Chase The Wild Goose Hostel [6]. Located on the Great Glen Way just 2½ miles from Fort William and the West Highland Way, and within the village of Banavie, is Scotland’s newest Backpackers’ Hostel, providing accommodation for Walkers, Cyclists, individuals on Activity Holidays, Families and Groups. Enjoy a relaxing break to the Scottish Highlands. £9.50-£16.50/night. Private Rooms available. Be inspired...!
  • Bank Street Lodge [7] good quality hostel accommodation in the town centre. Dorm beds from £14/night
  • Glen Nevis Youth Hostel [8]. Several kilometres from town, but convenient for Ben Nevis and the West Highland Way.
  • Farr Cottage[9] - Dorm beds between £12-£15 a night. Private/group rooms also available
  • MacBackPackers [10]. 5 minute walk from town. Standard backpacker hostel, £12-£13/night, smaller rooms available. Staff are friendly and there is standard breakfast for a small fee in the self-service kitchen.

Bed & Breakfast

  • Huntingtower Lodge, Druimarbin, Fort William, PH33 6RP, Telephone +44(0)1397 700079 Email:info.ht@huntingtower.co.uk. Prices start at £4 per person and go up to £75 per night for a double occupancy room. It is only room rent. Breakfast extra. [11]
  • St Anthonys, Argyll Road, Fort William, PH33 6LF, Telephone: +44 (0)1397 708496, Email welcome@stanthonysfortwilliam.co.uk, B&B tariffs start at £25 per person per night with discounts for children aged under 15. There is no charge for children aged under 5. [12]
  • Rhanna, Albyn Drive, Corpach, Fort William, PH33 7LT, Telephone +44 (0) 1397 772127. Email rhannab&b@gilmore4444.fsworld.co.uk. B&B cost per person per night from £25.
  • Burntree House, Lochview Drive, Lochview Estate, Fort William PH33 6UP, Telephone/ Fax: +44 (0) 1397 701735 Mobile +44 (0) 7833586323. Single Room: £30.00 - £39.00, Double Room: £45.00- £60.00, Family Room: £60.00 - £79.00. [13]
  • Mansefield House, Corpach, Fort William PH33 7LT, Telephone: +44 (0)1397 772262, E-mail: mansefield@btinternet.com Rates: £ 24-30 per person per night. [14]
  • The Moorings Hotel, Banavie, Fort William PH33 7LY, Telephone: +44 (0) 1397 772 797, Fax: +44 (0) 1397 772 441, E-mail - reservations@moorings-fortwilliam.co.uk. Bed & Breakfast Rate: from £ 39-£ 67 per person per night. [15]

Camp

  • Glen Nevis campsite [16] Maybe not the cheapest, but good facilities in very nice scenery. Be warned that it can have a lot of midgies!

Get out

  • Loch Ness is a popular tourist site on the A82 road to Inverness.
  • Glencoe – stunning views, amongst the best in the highlands.

Contact

There is an Internet cafe in the High Street, also free Internet access in the library[17].



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