Fort William

Fort William is situated at the head of Loch Linnhe and the south western end of the Great Glen. This huge rift valley stretches across the Highlands to Inverness and includes Lochness and Loch Lochy.  The town is regarded as the hub of the Western Highlands with its rail link to London and the A82 road connecting to Inverness and Glasgow.

Originally one of the garrison towns for English troops in 1745, the ruins of old Inverlochy Castle on the banks of the river Lochy are one of the local attractions.

Located in the foothills of Ben Nevis, Fort William is a Mecca for mountain climbers and hill walkers alike and has come to be known as the Outdoor Capital of the U.K.  The Nevis Range ski area with its gondola access to the snowgoose restaurant is a favourite with skiers and downhill mountain bikers, indeed the world championships are held here every year.

Fort William has a hospital, swimming pool, two large supermarkets, a pedestrian high street with various retail outlets and a variety of restaurants and pubs. The Ben Nevis Distillery has a popular tour and the single malt is not to be missed. There is an excellent museum in Cameron Square with many relics from the 1745 uprising when highland clans gathered in Glenfinnan to support Bonnie Prince Charlie's cause.