There are 5 ferries per day (Monday to Saturday only) from Fort William to Camusnagaul. The boats leaves Fort William pier (close to the Crannog restaurant) and takes just 10 minutes to cross the loch.
Locals use the ferry for daily needs such as shopping but tourists simply take the ferry out of Fort William and stay on it for its return journey - this is to see the wonderful scenery the area can offer from the water.
The fare (9/2015) is £1.50 each way and this is very good value. Times etc are shown on the website and there is a link below.
The railway station
Fort William has a pleasant railway station which is well sited in the town centre. The major route out of the town is to Glasgow (Queen Street) and the journey is spectacular as the train travels over Rannoch Moor where the road does not. This is one of the UKs most wonderful journies on a train. There is also a line to Mallaig which again is spectacular but an infrequent service.
However the trains are not new and are rather functional and can be crowded in the summer months.
The Caledonian Sleeper starts and ends here and this provides an overnight train to London and points south. The Jacobian steam train also operates in the summer months to Mallaig but it is expensive and advance booking is essential.
The station was built in 1975 and has undergone some renovation in 2015. There are clean toilets here and a shower area for which a fee of £3.50 (2015 price) is charged but towels are provided.
There is also a cafe, taxi stand , bookshop and local buses close by.
The Fort Wiliam sleeper train leaves London at 21.15 each night and picks up at Waford Junction, Crewe and Preston and arrive in Fort Willam at 09.55 the next day. On the southbound journey the train leaves Fort William at 19.50.
This is a convivial way to travel to and from Scotland, I intend to use the train in 2016.
There is a club coach attached to the sleeper carriages and this has a bar service and meal service that includes full evening meals and snacks and breakfast in the morning. Meals are charged as an additional cost.
There are several local taxi drivers who know the area well enough and are happy to give tours to non-locals. One which comes highly recommended is Jamie. A local man with a well of knowledge about local walks and sites of geological interest.
Parking in Fort Willilam
Fort William has several car parks, so it should be no problem to find a place for your car. The car parks are well signed, and there are short stay and long stay car parks. The short-stay ones only make sense if you plan to stay for up to 3 hours. For 30 minutes it's 20 p, for one hour 40 p, for two hours 1 £ and for three hours 2 £, whereas the long-stay parking is 2 £ for a whole day. Charges are from Monday to Saturday from 8:00 to 18:00.
Sleeping to Fort Wiliam
It has to be the the most civilised, romantic and time-effective way from central London to the heart of Scotland. Every night except Saturday night, Caledonian Sleeper trains leave central London for Fort William.
The Caledonian Sleepers have air-conditioned 1- and 2-berth sleeping compartments with proper beds and washbasin, a plush lounge car with steward service of wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks and snacks, and economy reclining seats.
Cheap 'Bargain berths', priced at £19/£29/£39/£49 one-way are available online-only in limited numbers via www.firstscotrail.com.
- Budget Travel
How do I get there?
if you arrive there by Bus you have to know that the Fort William Bus Station is 2.5 miles away. Glen Nevis bus service runs end of May to September only.
Getting there by Train:
Fort William Station is 2.5 miles away.
Bypass Fort William and follow signs to Inverness until you come to a small roundabout. Go straight ahead and Glen Nevis Hostel is 2.5 miles down this road on the right hand.
Turn left out of the train/bus station on to Belford Road. Pass the hospital and Lochaber Leisure Centre. Go straight on at the mini roundabout just past Glen Nevis Campsite.
Hire a Car
We hired a car and drove around the UK... It was easy for us since we are used to driving on the left side of the road, although the strange road signs had us wondering a few times... :)
The roads were all very good except for the traffic jams around the larger cities...try to avoid 'peak' hours if you can help it.
The distances between cities in the UK are all fairly short, it doesn't really take too long to get anywhere except if you stop for photos every few minutes. ;)
Greyhound Taxis in Fort William
great taxi company wish they were all like them great with pets my dog was not a hassle with lots of space for them to
- Castles and Palaces
- Hiking and Walking
Use a car
The best way to enjoy the area is to come with a car.
We saw a tourist that came by bus and missed the bus and he had to stay for 2 hours to the next one.