Traditional music at Ben Nevis Inn, Fort William, Scotland.

This evening, I am posting information on the popular Scottish Highlands town of Fort William which is about 109 miles north of Glasgow.

Fort William (pop 10,000) is situated on the shores of Loch Linnhe. The name originates from a fort (only the basic foundations of which still exist) built in 1690 as part of a strategy to pacify the Scottish Highlands during the rule of King William. Fort William has successfully established itself as an outdoor centre with emphasis on mountain biking, skiing and mountain climbing. The town sits at the northern end of the 96 mile long, West Highland Way hiking trail.

Jacobite Steam Train, aka ‘Harry Potter Train’ at Fort William Station.

Fort William is well positioned as a base (or stopover) for touring the Highlands and Islands  of Scotland. From here a visitor can:-

  • Admire (or cruise) the Caledonian Canal which extends nearly 100 Km from Corpach (near Fort William) to Inverness. A great piece of Scottish engineering dating from 1803-1822.
  • Enjoy some hiking and climbing. Close by is Ben Nevis which at 1343m is Britain’s highest mountain.

Aonach Mor and Ben Nevis, Scottish Highlands

Loch Linnhe, Fort William, Scotland

  • Explore the ruins of Inverlochy Castle  on the banks of the River Lochy. This castle dates from the 1200s and was owned by the once powerful Comyn family.
  • Tour Ben Nevis Distillery  at Fort William and learn about the production of Scotch whisky from malting, mashing and fermentation to distillation and maturation.
  • Enjoy traditional music at the Ben Nevis Inn.
  • Walk the West Highland Way, 96 miles (160 Km) from Fort William to Glasgow.
  • Use Fort William as a base for visiting such famous Scottish sites as Glencoe  (scenery and site of infamous massacre), Isle of Skye  and Glenfinnan (from where Bonnie Prince Charlie launched his ill-fated attempt to win the thrones of Scotland and England in 1745).

Landscape view of Fort William, Scottish Highlands.