Fort William Travel Guide

Situated in the western highlands of Scotland, Fort William is a modern town that is steeped in rich culture and history. Many people travel here in order to climb the mighty Ben Nevis, which is the highest mountain in the whole of the United Kingdom. There are also plenty of other impressive natural attractions to witness in this part of the country such as lush glens, beautiful sandy beaches and lakes, while the excellent range of amenities that Fort William boasts makes this the perfect place to use as a base while exploring the surrounding countryside.

Things to see and do in Fort William

Ben Nevis – Fort William, Scotland

Hillwalkers on the summit boulder field of Ben Nevis, highest mountain in the United Kingdom. The truncated, square base pyramid made of concrete, is known as a trig point, and is usually placed at the highest point of a mountain. On a summers day, several thousand people will reach the top, many of them helping charities and other good causes.

The magnificent mountain of Ben Nevis is completely shrouded by mountains for more than three hundred days of the year, which helps to add to its mysterious nature. A number of well worn pathways lead to the top and the climb takes around six hours to complete including plenty of time to pause to take in the stunning views.

An important part of the local history and culture lies in its whiskey making traditions and no trip to Fort William would be complete without paying a visit to the Ben Nevis Distillery. In addition to taking a tour of the distillery and learning about how Scottish whiskey is produced, visitors will also be treated to some free samples along the way.

Achnacarry Castle – Fort William, Scotland

People walk on a beautiful summer day at the Commando Memorial, dedicated to the men of the original British Commando Forces raised during World War II. Situated around a mile from Spean Bridge village, it overlooks the training areas of the Commando Training Depot established in 1942 at Achnacarry Castle. Unveiled in 1952 by the Queen Mother, it has become one of Scotland’s best-known monuments.

Another good way to learn more about the area’s rich history is by visiting Achnacarry Castle and Museum. A number of artefacts that originally belonged to Bonnie Prince Charlie can be found here as well as an exhibition that provides details about the unique Parallel Roads.

Animal lovers are sure to enjoy spending time at the Great Glen Red Deer Safari, which is situated just a short drive away from Fort William. Visitors are invited to feed the red deer and their foals that roam freely here, while this is also a good place for bird watching.

Serious walkers who want the chance to experience the true natural beauty of this area should walk along the Great Glen Way. It covers an impressive 73 miles and runs all the way from Fort William to the city of Inverness passing a number of charming coastal towns and villages as it winds its way along the coast.

Climate conditions

It tends to be rather chilly and damp in this part of Scotland and visitors should wrap up warm and take an umbrella with them no matter what the weather. The summer is typically the warmest time of the month to visit Fort William and people who head there between June and August will be able to catch the best of the weather.