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Fort William

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{{pagebanner|Fort William Banner.jpg}}  '''Fort William''' is the major town of the south-western [[Scottish Highlands|Highlands]] of [[Scotland]], sitting at the head of Loch Linnhe, a sea loch, and at the foot of Ben Nevis. 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==[[Image:Loch Linhe 2.JPG|thumb|250px|right|Loch LinheLinnhe]]
[[Image:Ben Nevis.JPG|thumb|right|250px|Ben Nevis on a cloudy day]]
[[Image:Fort William Map.jpg|thumb|right|200px]]
[[Image:Loch Linhe.JPG|right|250px|thumb|Loch Linnhe]]
 
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|Highlands]] of [[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==
===By bus===
Several Citylink [http://www.citylink.co.uk] coaches a day run to and from [[Glasgow]], [[Oban]], [[Kyle of Lochalsh]], the [[Skye|Isle of Skye]] and [[Inverness]]. In summer a couple also go to [[Edinburgh]] via [[Stirling]].
Shiel Buses operate up to three buses per day to and from [[Mallaig]]. Local Stagecoach buses More frequent services also run to Kinlochleven via [[Glencoe]].
===By train===
A number of trains per day run to and from [[Glasgow]] (Queen Street) via [[Loch Lomond]], [[Crianlarich]], [[Tyndrum]] and [[Rannoch Moor]] on the spectacular [[West Highland Railway]], and continue on the even more scenic route to [[Mallaig]].
The '''Caledonian Sleeper''' [http://www.scotrail.cosleeper.uk/caledoniansleeperscot/] is an overnight sleeper train that runs direct to Fort William from [[London]]. Due to its historic popularity among the landed gentry travelling to shooting parties it is affectionately nicknamed the "Deerstalker". The train leaves Euston every evening at 8PM except on Saturdays. Fares are £120 return, but "Bargain Berths" are available down to £19 one way if you book up to 12 weeks in advance - but are notoriously hard to get on the Fort William service during peak summer season. As an alternative , you can travel on the overnight Glasgow train (which leaves Euston at 2300) and complete the journey using a day service.
==Get around==
==Buy==
Shops on the High Street offer a wide choice of Scottish dresses, woollenware, mementos and of course Scotch whisky. For many souvenirs, each clan has a particular design and colour, although bear in mind that this is generally a marketing exercise for tourists! However, if you really want a hip flask/scarf/whisky bottle with your chosen tartan or crest, a wide variety is generally on display. New to the High Street is the recently opened Highland Bookshop. It is an independent bookshop which carries a wide selection of books on Scottish culture as well as traditional fiction and non-fiction. Many of the tour operators bringing in tourists provide a lunch break at Fort William.
==Eat==
* '''Bank Street Lodge''' [http://www.bankstreetlodge.co.uk/] good quality hostel accommodation in the town centre. Dorm beds from £14/night.
* '''Glen Nevis Youth Hostel''' [httphttps://www.syhahostellingscotland.org.uk/SYHAhostels/web/site/Hostelsglen-nevis/GlenNevis.asp]. Several kilometres from town, but convenient for Ben Nevis and the West Highland Way. There are no electrical outlets The hostel was completely refurbished in the hostel, apart from behind the reception, which may cause inconvenience. * '''Farr Cottage'''[http://www.farrcottage.com/] - Dorm beds between £12-£15 a night. Private/group rooms also available2018.
*<drink name="The Ben Nevis Inn" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">A great base camp if you intend to climb Ben Nevis. The bunkhouse has three (no door) 8 bed dorms and a kitchen with decent showers. It's a pub with good food served above the bunkhouse. 5 minute drive from town.</drink>
* <sleep name="Aros Ard" alt="" address="Seafield Gardens" directions="" phone="+44 1397 704142" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://www.arosard.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="from £30.00 per person per night (based on 2 people sharing)">Aros Ard is situated in an elevated position in Seafield Gardens. In a peaceful cul-de-sac with private parking, about 10 minutes walk from Fort William Town Centre. Enjoys excellent views across Loch Linnhe to the Ardgour Hills.</sleep>
 
* <sleep name="Ashburn House" alt="" address="Achintore Rd, Fort William PH33 6RQ" directions="" phone="+44 1397 706000" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://ashburnhouse.co.uk/" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Luxury Bed and Breakfast in Fort William.</sleep>
* <sleep name="B&B Mrs P Paterson" alt="" address="13 Seafield Gardens" directions="" phone="+44 1397 703158" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Clean, modern and good value B&B about 10mins walking distance from the town centre.</sleep>
===Splurge===
*'''<sleep name="Inverlochy Castle hotel''' [" alt="" address="Torlundy, Fort William PH33 6SN" directions="" phone="01397 702177" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="[email protected]" fax="01397 702953" url="http://www.inverlochycastlehotel.com/] Torlundy" checkin="" checkout="" price=""></sleep> * <sleep name="The Garrison" alt="" address="High Street, Fort William , Inverness-shire. PH33 6SN Tel: 6EE" directions="Built on the site of the Old Police Station, on the High Street of Fort William" phone="01397 702177 Fax602 021 " email="[email protected]" fax="" url="https: 01397 702953 Email: [email protected]//thegarrisonhotel.co.com uk" checkin="3pm" checkout="11am" price="">The Garrison Hotel, 4-star, boutique hotel.</sleep>
===Camp===
==Get out==
* Fort William is at the end (for most people) of the [[West Highland Way]] long-distance footpath from [[Milngavie]] (near [[Glasgow]]).
* The scenic Road to the Isles [http://www.road-to-the-isles.org.uk/] links Fort William with [[Mallaig]], passing the '''[[Glenfinnan|Glenfinnan Viaduct]]''' en route.
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