The Grange Fort William
Fort William and Lochaber: The Outdoor Capital of the UK.
Fort William and Lochaber is, as you can see from the photography on this site, a place where you can enjoy superb scenery all year round.
We have Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain, Munros for walking and climbing, routes for cycling, rivers and lochs for fishing or sailing, fresh clean air, many outdoor sports – voted outdoor capital of the UK!
After a full day there are great restaurants to enjoy: The Smiddy, Inverlochy Castle, The Lime Tree, The Crannog and The Seafood Cafe, to mention a few.
Not only can you take part in a huge variety of outdoor activities, on land, in the air and on the water, but you can do it in some of the most dramatic Scottish locations imaginable often used in major movies.
There are many day trips possible from Fort William, here are some suggestions:
The ‘Harry Potter’ steam train
The Isle of Mull
The Isle of Skye
The Road to the Isles.
Skye is a popular destination for many of our guests that have spent time enjoying our area of the West Coast. In this case we can recommend Mint Croft, Waternish on Skye: www.mintcroftskye.com
Let Britain's only mountain gondola transport you to 650m on the slopes of Aonach Mor. Meander along the mountain trails to the panoramic viewpoints, then relax in the restaurant & bar with breathtaking views. Nevis Range offer access to so much more: ZoomTrax, High Wire Adventure, Summer Ceilidh Nights, Scenic chair ride, Mountain Biking, Family Cycling, Walks to Mountain Viewpoints, Forest Walks, Mountain Discovery Centre, Paragliding, Ski and Snowboard and Winter Climbing..
The track to the summit of Ben Nevis is an objective of many who visit Fort William. The difficulty of the climb should not be underestimated and there are several web sites that give advice about this endeavour and weather conditions should be carefully checked. The image above links to Walk Highlands web site. Ben Nevis is 1344m (4,406ft) high; the Mountain Track is around 16km (start to finish) and you should plan to take about 8 hours for an ascent of the Ben, depending on how fit you are.
Described as the greatest railway journey in the world, this 84 mile round trip takes you past a list of impressive extremes. Starting near the highest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis, it visits Britain’s most westerly mainland railway station, Arisaig; passes close by the deepest freshwater loch in Britain, Loch Morar and the shortest river in Britain, River Morar, finally arriving next to the deepest seawater loch in Europe, Loch Nevis!.
Cross Corran Ferry or head along the Road to the Isles to Ardnamurchan, Moidart, Morvern, Sunart and Ardgour. Jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean and with views from every shore of islands, castles, lochs and wilderness. With sweeping white sands and crystal clear seas, ancient woodlands and mountains, not to mention the wildlife, jaw dropping scenery and Celtic legends, a visit to the most picturesque land in Scotland will be unforgettable. Once visited - it will be forever in your heart!
Glenfinnan has the famous viaduct and of course Glenfinnan Monument, erected in 1815 in tribute to the Jacobite clansmen who fought and died in the cause of Prince Charles Edward Stuart. From Glenfinnan there are several walks. The Glen road that passes under the viaduct, is a popular place for a gentle stroll perhaps as far as the Bothie. There are also the Boardwalk and Viewpoint walks from the Visitor Centre or there are much more energetic routes.
Situated in the High Street in the heart of the historic town of Fort William in the Scottish Highlands, The West Highland Museum’s collections tell the story of the region and its history. Our most renowned and unusual collection relates to Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite cause. But we also hold a wealth of curious and fascinating collections relating to less well-known aspects of the lives of the people of the West Highlands