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Fort WilliamUnited Kingdom

Hike around this picturesque region for views of the stunning lochs. Study Scottish cultural facets of pubs, haggis and whiskey.

Lochs, hills and Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, surround the quaint town of Fort William in the Scottish Highlands. The settlement, which overlooks the vast Loch Linnhe, has a castle and a bustling central main street. Appreciate the serene countryside setting as you hike past forests and lakes.

Ben Nevis reaches 4,409 feet (1,344 meters) above sea level. Learn about the huge rock formation and its history. Use climbing equipment for your ascent up the Pony Track from the Glen Nevis base. At the summit is an abandoned observatory.

The region is known for its lakes. Go to Loch Lochy for excellent views of hilly woodland. Learn about the Battle of the Shirts in 1544. At lake’s southern end is the Caledonian Canal, which contains Neptune’s Staircase. Watch the 90-minute mechanical process that lifts boats. Learn the origins of this staircase lock, which is among the longest in Britain and dates back to 1803.

Pay tribute to fallen officers of World War II at the Commando Memorial. The statue of British Commandos has a stunning backdrop of Ben Nevis.

In the town, visit the 13th-century Old Inverlochy Castle, where tremendous battles occurred. A short distance away is Ben Nevis Distillery, which has been making whiskey since 1825. Enjoy a tasting and learn about whiskey distilling. Wander through the nearby Leanachan Forest.

Browse shops and dine at restaurants in the small town center. Eat at a typical Scottish pub serving the national dish of haggis, containing sheep parts with onions and spices.

The region has freezing winters. Snow adds a postcard-pretty element to the mountainous backdrop. Pleasant summers provide ideal picnic conditions.

The town is in the southwestern part of the Highlands of Scotland in the northwestern region of the country. Regular buses and trains depart from Glasgow. The Caledonian Sleeper train runs overnight from London. Drive from Edinburgh in about 3 hours.

Fort William is a loch town concealed in the Highlands by Britain’s second Big Ben.

Top Hotels in Fort William

Inverlochy Castle
Inverlochy Castle
5 out of 5
Torlundy, Fort William, Scotland
The price is CA $462 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 14

Situated in the historical district, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Ben Nevis Distillery and Lochaber Geopark. Loch Linnhe is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (133 reviews)

"Situated in a perfect location for exploring the Highlands of Scotland. The staff are all excellent and nothing seems to be too much trouble. The food is delightful and the rooms are very comfortable. I would have no hesitation in recommending this hotel."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 20, 2020

Inverlochy Castle
The Lime Tree
The Lime Tree
3 out of 5
Achintore Road, Fort William, Scotland
The price is CA $258 per night from Dec 27 to Dec 28

Located in the heart of Fort William, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Lochaber Geopark and Loch Linnhe. West Highland Way and Lochaber Geopark Visitor ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (80 reviews)

"An art gallery also, with some lovely pieces made the whole place feel a bit different."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 30, 2020

The Lime Tree
Muthu Fort William Hotel
Muthu Fort William Hotel
3 out of 5
Achintore Road, Fort William, Scotland
The price is CA $68 per night from Dec 3 to Dec 4

Situated in Fort William, this hotel is steps away from West Highland Way, Lochaber Geopark and Loch Linnhe. Lochaber Geopark Visitor Centre and West Highland ...

3.2/5 (104 reviews)
Great wee spot

"Lovely hotel with friendly staff, great spot to come back to after a long walk in the hills."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 11, 2020

Muthu Fort William Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Fort William

The Shack at Inchree
The Shack at Inchree
3.5 out of 5
The Shack at Inchree, Inchree, Fort William, Scotland

Situated in the mountains, this eco-friendly villa is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from The Dragons Tooth Golf Course, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Glen Coe Visitor Centre ...

4.4/5Excellent! (5 reviews)
October 2020

"Just need a laundry for long stay, and it will be perfect. Other then this it’s GREAT."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 12, 2020

The Shack at Inchree
Springwell Croft Cottages
Springwell Croft Cottages
4 out of 5
ONICH, Fort William, Scotland

Situated in Fort William, this cottage is within a 5-minute walk of Lochaber Geopark and Loch Linnhe. Pixel Spirits Distillery and The Dragons Tooth Golf Course ...

Springwell Croft Cottages
New in 2018 No/ 11 Ardrhu Cottage, Onich Cottage With a View
New in 2018 No/ 11 Ardrhu Cottage, Onich Cottage With a View
11 Ardrhu holiday cottage, Ardrhu site, Onich, Fort William, SCT

Situated on the waterfront, this cottage is within a 5-minute walk of Lochaber Geopark and Loch Linnhe. Pixel Spirits Distillery and The Dragons Tooth Golf Course ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (33 reviews)
Great wee location especially for the mountains

"Very clean and comfortable also quiet warm and cosy"…"

Reviewed on Nov. 14, 2020

New in 2018 No/ 11 Ardrhu Cottage, Onich Cottage With a View
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Sep 9, 2019

Didn’t have a chance to see a lot of it.

3/5 - Okay

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Sep 8, 2019

There was nothing too special about Fort William.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

May 1, 2019

The Jacobite Train was the reason we came to Fort William and it did not disappoint! What a wonderful experience.

5/5 - Excellent

Jamnypoo

Oct 29, 2018

Highly recommended for a Scottish Highland experience.

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