Introducing Fort William

With its shoreside setting on Loch Linnhe and fresh air focus, Fort William frames some of Scotland’s most impressive scenery. Initially, the surrounding landscapes will steal your attention. Mountains pierce the clouds and the waters sparkle against sunlight. Yet Fort William is about more than the great outdoors. This is where medieval history and modern relics, fortified castles and luxury hotels come together to create a timeless town.

Things to do


In and around Fort William are mementoes of Clans that lived, shaped and defended the battle-scarred lands here. And Fort William’s castles are key chapters in its history. While wandering the countryside, stop at The Fort, the castle from which Fort William received its name. Or on rainy days, see the artefacts housed in the West Highland Museum. In summer months, touring Scotland on The Jacobite steam train is an unforgettable way to see the marks that centuries of history have made on the landscape.


Scotland isn’t all ‘haggis, neeps and tatties’, although this hearty dish should definitely be on your to-try list. And, like most things in Scotland, it pairs beautifully with a dram of single malt. Visit the Ben Nevis distillery and taste whiskies that have been perfected since 1825. Oban and Dalwhinnie distilleries are also within driving distance, with the latter set in a beautiful part of the Highlands. Elsewhere, you’ll find numerous lochside seafood restaurants at the water's edge, with menus brimming with freshly caught fish.


Situated just below Ben Nevis, hiking trails from Fort William are never in short supply. Explore the picturesque Highland landscapes along the Great Glen Way or stay closer to home and discover the natural beauty on Fort William’s doorstep. Take a waterside stroll to The Caledonian Canal and its views of, not one, but four lochs. Then canoe the waterways for a more hands-on expedition.

Top Tip from SLH

Reach new heights by exploring the Nevis Mountain Range in a gondola.