Onich, PH33, Fort William, PH33 6SA, United Kingdom
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Places Of Interest In Fort William

by billpcp

i was just wondering what were the best places to see in Fort William, i have looked online but could only really find information on Ben Nevis and Old Inverlochy Castle, any suggestions?

RE: Places Of Interest In Fort William

by globetrott

Hi !

It is mainly a place to start activities from:
Neptun staircase is a servies of several locks in the Caledonian canal a bit outside of F.W.
There is a museum about mines on your way to Mallaig
the steamtrain "Lochaber" starts in F.W. once a week
F.W. is a good place for shopping in case that you forgot some equipment for the Highlands, where good shops are rare.
They have a lousy show with scottish music and dance with a dinner, just the way some tourists expect it.
It is the place where you may take the train to Rannoch Moore from and I may highly recommend it, take at least a return ticket to Rannoch station. For several miles you will go through wilderness without houses or streets, just with giant lakes, mountains and a few sheep...

RE: Places Of Interest In Fort William

by doofus

I agree with globetrot. You could also take the steam train to mallaig and back. A very pleasant journey.

RE: Places Of Interest In Fort William

by Adelle123

Aye, there's not much in fort william itself, but there's plenty nearby (like globetrott mentions). There's plenty of outdoors stuff too like hillwalking or climbing, but then again if you were into those, you would have already known that ;) There's also several bimbles like up glen nevis to the steel falls, or in glengoe to the lost valley, both of which still need sturdy footwear.

Travel Tips for Fort William

Fort William

by Andrew_Vodo

Fort William itself is a very nice town. The main street is always crowded with people, but the other parts of the city are very quiet. Lots of trees, small houses with gardens, ererything is very clean.

Glenfinnan Monument

by sim1

It is hard to believe, but the best of my trip is still to come..... the road to Mallaig!

You really should take this road, when you get a chance, it is so beautiful. It was the highlight of my vacation, the place that comes to my mind, when I think about Scotland. Mallaig itself is not so spectacular, it is an enchanting fishing village. The road to Mallaig has no real spectacular highlights..... but the whole trip, the winding road, the changing landscape, the piece and quiet.... wow, it is great!!!!

And you have to make a stop at the Glenfinnan Monument! Glenfinnan is where Prince Charles (Bonnie Prince Charlie) first landed in Scotland to 'head' the Jacobite Uprising, Scotland's last rebellion in 1745-46. That first summer day, few clansmen showed up to greet the Prince, but slowly, as the hours passed, more and more came, until finally Cameron of lochiel arrrived with 700+ clansmen.

In 1815, the Glenfinnan monument was built by Alexander MacDonald of Glenaladale in memory of all the clansmen who had fought for the cause.

King Of The World!

by dcglim

Let's face it, while Fort William, is a nice, quiet town, the main reason why I was here was to climb Ben Nevis, Britain's highest peak. And when you have finally made it up there, it feels like a real achievement, like you're the king of the world. But reality check..... I passed a lunatic who made it in nothing more than his underwear and shades! No water, no nothing! Wow, these scottish are tough, no wonder the English had trouble conquering Scotland.

One incident to remember was this Hong Kong guy who was acting arrogantly on his way up. Gues he thought he was the only chink up Ben Nevis, but he was wrong! It was hilarious watching his face drop! As they ads say, how much was that moment worth? "priceless!"

But seriously though, the climb comes highly recommended as you get splendid views (on a clear day) of the distant lochs, mountains, towns and villages. Halfway up, you will come across a mountain lake which is ideal for a picnic. Its one of the most peaceful and surreal scenes I've come across.

The peak though, is different, its cold, windy with snow and ice (in the middle of April!) So, do come prepared, with warm clothes, regardless of the weather at sea level. Also, hiking boots, lots of water, food are all essentials as its a 3-4 hour journey up. Initially, I didn't take this climb seriously. In fact, my climbing buddy thought it would be just an hour's climb. The reality is that more people die here than on Everest. And I believe it, especially if the weather deteriorates, which I am told frequently happens up there. Oh, do start climbing early, you avoid the crowds and you can have a laugh at some of the characters on the way up, (like our HK guy!).

At the peak, you get a fantastic view of snow covered cliffs..... just like in the movies, but even better. Its faster coming down, but can be treacherous. Then head of to one of the pubs in Fort William for a much deserved steak & ale pie. We ran out of food halfway and by that time all I could do was eat anything in front of me.

Ben Nevis

by himalia11

Ben Nevis is the highest mountain of the UK and has 1344 meters. It's a very popular destination for lots of people, I've read that up to 1000 hikers a day climb there in summer! There are several possibilities to climb Ben Nevis, but the "main" hiking track starts in Glen Nevis where you'll also find a visitors centre. We haven't tried to climb the mountain, as I'm not sure if this is the right place for someone with vertigo... I guess if we had been bored we would have tried it, but that was absolutely not the case!

The Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge

by vichatherly

A beautiful spot for a fitting memorial to those commandos who trained in the Scottish mountains and lost thie lives in WWII.

A magnificent setting at Spean Bridge, overlooking the Ben Nevis range in Inverness-shire in one direction and the former training grounds of Locheil on the other.

The monument was designed by Scott Sutherland and was erected in 1952.


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