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Summer view of the Jacobite steam train crossing the viaduct from Fort William to Mallaig.

Fort William

Tourist Information

Things to see & do in Fort William

Fort William is based at the foot of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, and close to the all year round Nevis Range.  Fort William is known as the UK's Outdoors Capital. The town has a wide variety of shops. The West Highland Museum is worth a visit depicting life in the Highlands through the ages.

Fort William rail link to Glasgow, is one of the most scenic rail journeys in the UK, if not Europe
Known as "The West Highland Line" and also extends from Fort William to Mallaig. It was the scene of the Hogwarth Express in the popular Harry Potter Films. In the summer time Jacobite Railways put on nostalgic steam train journeys on a daily basis between Fort WIlliam and Mallaig.

Nearby is Glenfinnan, and the monument in commemoration of Bonnie Prince Charlie. It was here he raised his standard to claim the English thrown in 1745. The area around Fort WIlliam is breathtakingly beautiful, with magnificent walks of all grades, mountain biking in Leanachan Forest and Nevis Range. There is a plethora of outdoor activities from fishing to gliding, horseriding to sailing.

Whatever your interests, or if you just want to relax in some fine hotels in the area, then Fort William is a place worthy of consideration.

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