SEE & DO
At the heart of the Outdoor Capital of the UK, there is just so much to see and do within the area of Fort William, whether it’s mountaineering, skiing, watersports, golf, fishing, or the more leisurely visits to well-known tourist attractions such as Ben Nevis, Glen Nevis, Glenfinnan, Glencoe, or a little further afield to Oban, Ardnamurchan, Mallaig and on to the Isle of Skye: even Culloden and Inverness and Aviemore are all feasible for a day’s visit.
Ben Nevis from Corpach, looking towards the Cruachan Hotel far right
- Ben Nevis – Britain’s highest mountain peaking at 4406 feet (1344m). Further information on Ben Nevis, Glen Nevis, and the local weather for climbing the Ben can be found on www.bennevisweather.co.uk.
- The Dew of Ben Nevis Whisky Distillery and Visitor Centre – one of the oldest licensed distilleries in Scotland. Take a tour, sample a dram.
- Fort William Museum (http://www.westhighlandmuseum.org.uk/ – a wealth of local history located just off the High Street. Free entry. Definitely worth a visit.
- Old Inverlochy Castle (http://www.inverlochycastle.co.uk/) – The ruins of Old Inverlochy Castle are located just before the turnoff onto the A830 Road to the Isles.
- Neptune’s Staircase on the Caledonian Canal, just along the A830 Road to the Isles at Banavie. Take a leisurely stroll along the banks of an extensive flight of locks.
- Treasures of the Earth, Corpach, located just further along from Neptune’s Staircase. An impressive exhibition of precious stones and gems.
- Seal Island – take a boat trip down Loch Linnhe to spot the seals. Daily sailings from the waterfront during the season.
- Glenfinnan – just 15 miles along the scenic Road to the Isles (A830). A Visitor Centre explains the history behind the Jacobite Uprising: opposite stands the monument to Bonnie Prince Charlie at the head of Loch Shiel. A walk up the glen brings you to the famous railway viaduct, part of the West Highland Line from Fort William to Mallaig, however now it is equally famous for its part in the Harry Potter film “The Chamber of Secrets”. Serious walkers and “Munro baggers” can continue up the glen and into the hills. Eagle-Watch cruises are available from Glenfinnan down Loch Shiel as far as Acharacle.
- Glenfinnan Station located just up the hill from the Visitor Centre and monument provides an insight to the history of the West Highland Line and is a must for all train enthusiasts. Light refreshments are served in an authentic 1950s’ railway carriage.
Suggestions for half and full day trips include:
- Ardnamurchan Lighthouse – the most westerly mainland point in the British Isles. A full day trip with spectacular scenery, but it does involve some single track driving.
- Fort Augustus and up to Inverness, capital of the Highlands.
- Kinlochleven, the West Highland Way and Glencoe are all within easy reach.
- Oban is only an hour’s drive from the Cruachan – take one of the regular ferry sailings from Oban and visit the Isle of Mull for the day.
- For the more energetic…
- Fort William Golf Club located north of Fort William along the A82 Inverness road has an 18 hole course.
- Spean Bridge Golf Club is located just 9 miles north of Fort William and provides a small but challenging 9 hole course.
- Golf and bowls are available at the B.A. Club, north of Fort William town centre, just before the Distillery. Visitors are welcome.
- Traigh Golf Club is known as one of the most beautifully sited 9 hole golf courses in the world, located adjacent to the sea near Arisaig en route to Mallaig.
- Ski-ing and snowboarding at Nevis Range ski resort at Aonach Mor. Just 7 miles north of Fort William on the A82 road to Inverness. Gondala ride, mountain top walks in the summer, restaurant open all year round. Home to the World Cup Mountain Biking competitions.
- Fort William Leisure Centre provides a good sized swimming pool and waterslide, squash courts and fitness suite.
- For those who enjoy climbing all year round, whatever the weather, check out the Ice Factor at Kinlochleven.