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Fort William

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Fort William

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Sitting at the head of Loch Linnhe, Fort William is the major town of the South Western Scottish Highlands, Scotland. The High Street is the heart of the town - here you'll 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 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.


  • Soak in the views along the Loch-side


  • Climb Ben Nevis - the highest mountain in Britain. Be sure to pack your waterproofs and don't be disappointed if you can't see anything from the top - most days it's covered in cloud.
  • In winter, skiing and snowboarding at the nearby Nevis Range [1], 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. [2]
  • From March to October you can start the Great glen way walk to Inverness from Fort William.






  • Chase The Wild Goose Hostel [3]. 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-£14.50/night. Be inspired...!
  • Bank Street Lodge [4] good quality hostel accommodation in the town centre. Dorm beds from £11/night
  • Glen Nevis Youth Hostel [5]. Several kilometres from town, but convenient for Ben Nevis and the West Highland Way.
  • Farr Cottage[6] - Dorm beds between £12-£15 a night. Private/group rooms also available
  • MacBackPackers [7]. 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.


  • Glen Nevis campsite [8] Maybe not the cheapest, but good facilities in very nice scenery. Be warned that it can have a lot of midgies!

Get out

Fort William is at the end (for most people) of the West Highland Way long-distance footpath from Glasgow.

The scenic Road to the Isles links Fort William with Mallaig passing Glenfinnan Viaduct.

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