Location and Rail / Coach Links, Accommodation, Basic Shops, Ben Nevis, Glen Nevis, Outdoor Sports
Not the prettiest of town planning
great place from which to explore the highlands
This is a small museum, which aims to 'record, preserve and interpret items of significance and historical interest to the West Highland area', quite an ambitious aim for a museum of its size. Founded in 1922, it is one of the oldest local museums in the Highlands.Downstairs, the room called 'The Governor's Office' has the panelling from the office...more
During World War II, Coastal Forces were billeted in Fort William, where they were trained in small boat management.The men were billeted in the Highland, Waverley and Grand Hotels, but the Royal Navy gave them the collective name of 'HMS St Christopher'. Veterans hold reunions at the Highland Hotel, where a memorial has been erected. I understand...more
Crannog Cruises offer 90 minute cruises of Loch Linnhe from the town pier in Fort William. We went on a very clear day, so had excellent views from the main deck. There is also a lower enclosed deck (with a cafe) for when the weather isn't so good.The cruise takes you past a salmon farm and a mussel farm, and there are opportunities to see sea...more
Me and my boyfriend stayed in the Highland Hotel, which has recently as been bought by the Lochs and...more
When I arrived at this hotel, I wasn't sure what to expect. We'd booked at the last minute and...more
We stayed in Room 47 at the end of May. One light didn't work, another flickered irritatingly, the...more
In the UK we don't tend to expect much from station cafes, but the Lochaber Cafe at Fort William station was a pleasant surprise. The even serve proper tea (made from loose tea, not teabags).Although we only had drinks here, they had a tempting array of scones and cakes, and also serve breakfasts and an interesting range of light lunch options....more
Cafe 115 is a fairly typical cafe, offering hot drinks, snacks and light meals (soups, sandwiches, baked potatoes etc. and some heartier options such as freshly battered fish and chips).We went back here two days running for lunch, as it was so good. The Cullen Skink (a soup made from smoked haddock), which is absolutely heavenly. It may not look...more
The Crannog Restaurant is right on the town pier - the building is a converted bait shed.It is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, with daily fish specials (there are meat and vegetarian options for non fish-eaters, but frankly, if you don't like fish, this probably isn't the restaurant for you. The fish really is the main event. One of...more
Went to the crofter for a meal and stayed all night, service was second to none, staff were friendly and courteous, night life was great (A trio of local bands were playing that night) overall we had a great time... Thoroughly recommend this bar to anyone!! No dress code, we were in mountain gear and that wasn't a problem...more
Eating opportunities in Fort William are fairly limitied.I`ve always enjoyed the Grog and the Gruel. This is serves traditional real ale and excellent simple food (the mexican is really good).Its reasonable value.However, it can get busy so be prepared to wait.The staff are friendly and I have never experienced any trouble in the pub. Normally,...more
There are quite a few lively pubs in Fort William. They can get very crowded on the weekend and when the tourists are in town (almost all the time).There are some that have a younger crowd and vice-versa.The beverages have changed over the years. I'm sure you will find your favorite. If you are a visitor to Scotland, please try the single malt...more
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...more
The Granite House is one of the most famous shopes in Fort William and is a great place to spend a rainy hour or so in. What makes it special is the wide range of articles on sale. There are postcards, clothes, toys, music instruments, and, well, african style furniture... Going there to have a look around is worth it already. And you'll always...more
You have been walking around for a while and you are feeling kinda hungry.. so what are you going to do. Well. it's probably tea-time (It always is!)
Go get a sausage roll and chips with some nice hot tea. This you can get pretty much anywhere.
I cannot stress this enough. the weather in Fort William is the most changable i have ever seen in my life - which is not too bad if you plan on staying in the town where you can rush indoors but when tackling Ben Nevis this is an entirely different ball game. Please, Please go prepared i.e. waterproofs, warm clothes, boots, plenty of food and...more
Lovers of caravans seem to enjoy driving very slowly around Scottish lanes and, hardly, ever pull over.Large, large, cues of traffic form behind them.Then some mad, impatient, idiot tries to overtake 200 cars on a blind bend.I`d seriously consider driving around Scotland off peak (early morning and late night) for this reason.more
The Scottish weather in winter is serious. You should remember that high up full blown winter conditions (white out/hailstones) can be expected between October and May (sometimes even outside these conditions). Keep a eye out on the forecast and the weather throughout the day. Throughout the winter you will find snow reports throughout Fort William...more
Known to locals as McNasty's, it's your usual tacky tourist show - overly Scottish food, decoration and show. All supposed to be really original and as fake as possible. Do not think, this is the real thing. take it as tourist entertaining... There are loads of nice pubs and bars on the High street offering life Music and a real atmosphere. Go...more
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Rucksacks are always good! Make sure you can carry the, public transport is not at it's best... Waterproofs! Hiking shoes are normal gear in Fort William so don't be shy to wear the on the High Street as well... Midge repellent!!! Bring everything you have got, you'll need it! Water-and windproof clothing, good hiking boots, and a good tent -...more
We came across this place on the drive between Loch Lomond and Fort William in Loch Awe and stopped there because we had some time and it looked interesting (always the best way to see things). It is a 19th century church located right on the loch with a rather Gothic feel to it. The location is absolutely gorgeous. It is also very quiet--no one is...more
There is a small road to the left as you head north out of Fort William...I can't remember the number...sorry. Anyway, if you follow this road it will lead you to Neptune's Staircase and if you stay on the road it will take you all the way to the Glenfinnin monument. It is a lovely drive and doesn't take but a few hours there and back.more
The town marks the end of the West Highland Way, Scotland's oldest and most popular long distance walk: and the start of the Great Glen Way, the newest. The steady stream of footsore travellers coming into the town from Glen Nevis is a reminder of just how far the 95 miles from Milngavie, near Glasgow, can seem.more
Britain's only cable car goes up Aonnach Mor, a neighbouring Mountain of Ben Nevis.
There is skiing and snowboarding in winter - if the snow is there... Otherwise it is a good base for hiking and has a decent restaurant at the top base.
In summer there is a lot of mountainbiking around...
Equipment: A couple of shops in town and the range itself offer equipment hire and for sale.
Another beautiful castle I see on my roundtrip, but unfortunately this one was als closed. If you want information about Inveraray castle, please take a look on this website : http://www.inveraray-castle.com/Opening times :1st April - 31st October: Monday-Saturday from 10:00 to 17:45 (last admission 17:00)On Sundays from 12: 00 to 17:45 Admission...more
We arrived in Fort William in need of a laundromat. Unfortunately, FW has no public laundry services. The only place in town was the Croit Anna Hotel. We were relieved to find out that non-guests were allowed to use the facilities. They only have two washers, and two dryers, but we didn't mind the wait.The Croit Anna is located 2.5 miles south of...more