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Fort William Attractions

In and around Fort William you'll find plenty of attractions on offer - depending on your taste. In Glen Nevis there's the highest mountain in the UK - Ben Nevis. Pop across to the Jacobite Steam Train the home of the Hogwarts Express (Harry Potter). Fort William is full of things to do and see.

West Highland Museum

West Highland Museum

The West Highland Museum holds fascinating collections of pictures, photographs, archives and artefacts. Every object has a story of its own to tell and all together they throw light on life in the West Highlands from the stone tool cultures of the Mesolithic to the technologies of modern industry. The items on display offer an intriguing insight into a unique way of life. From soldiers to crofters, princes to clergymen - all the people of the West Highlands are represented. Along with geological and archaeological exhibits they present a vivid depiction of life in the West Highlands.

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Bank Street Lodge from £33.00
6 Caberfeidh3 starfrom £70.00
Alexandra Hotel3 starfrom £44.20
West End Hotel3 starfrom £44.00
Lime Tree An Ealdhain3 starfrom £109.25
Glen Nevis

Glen Nevis

In Glen Nevis, there are delightful walks to satisfy the low-level hiker and photographer. One such walk is a hike through the gorge in the Glen, where the River Nevis cascades and tumbles down from the surrounding mountains, on its way to the sea. This walk is very easy but good footware is recommended. Serious walkers can park their cars in Braveheart carpark or at the Ionad Nibheis Centre near the entrance to the Glen, whilst whose preferring a much shorter walk can begin at the Lower Falls carpark. If you only have a couple of hours, then you can park at the head of the Glen, near the entrance to the gorge. On your way into this most beautiful of Highland Glens you are bound to see some of the local Highland cattle grazing. Before the gorge, the Lower Falls are the first real show of power the river can offer and during wet periods these waterfalls are extremely impressive as they thunder below your feet under the bridge. Once in the Gorge you will be delighted with wild flowers, gently cascading streams and some superb views both ahead of you and behind. After a short but pleasant walk over rocky ground the gorge opens up to reveal a hanging valley with Steall Falls pouring into the scene from high above. A further 15 minute walk brings you to the wire-rope bridge where you can see Steall Falls at close hand, and test your balance and nerve by crossing the river on the steel rope bridge. Don't forget your camera and film, waterproofs and midgy repellant! Location is only 15 minutes from Fort William High Street by car, at the head of Glen Nevis Rating Easy, gentle walk, some wet areas and will be icy in winter. Please make your personal safety a high priority - the mountains can be dangerous.

Hotels near Glen Nevis
The Brevins Guest House and Holiday Cottages from £40.00
Glengyle House4 starfrom £95.00
Glenlochy Apartments3 starfrom £78.00
Glenlochy Apartments3 starfrom £45.00
The Brevins Guest House from £80.00
The Jacobite Steam Train

The Jacobite Steam Train

Described as one of the great railway journeys of the world this 84 mile round trip takes you past a list of impressive extremes. It starts near the highest mountain in Britain (Ben Nevis), visits Britain's most westerly mainland railway station (Arisaig), then passes close by the deepest freshwater loch in Britain (Loch Morar), and the shortest river in Britain (River Morar) and finally arrives next to the deepest seawater loch in Europe - Loch Nevis. The train leaves Fort William at 10:20am and returns to Fort William at 4:00pm with an hour and a half in Mallaig. It is a great way to spend the day! The Jacobite Crossing Glenfinnan Viaduct The train does stop en route to Mallaig at the village of Glenfinnan where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard in 1745. After crossing the world famous 21 arch Glenfinnan viaduct, which has been used in the Harry Potter movies, and offers wonderful views down Loch Shiel, the train stops at the station giving you time to stretch your legs and visit the Museum in the station buildings. Beyond are the villages of Lochailort, Arisaig, Morar and Mallaig. On a clear summer's day from Arisaig you can see the "Small Isles" of Rum, Eigg, Muck, Canna and the southern tip of Skye. From there the train passes Morar and the silvery beaches used in the films "Highlander" and "Local Hero" Hogwars Express on Glenfinnan Viaduct The final destination is of course Mallaig. Not only an access point to the Isle of Skye with the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry but also a thriving fishing community. There is plenty to see and do while in the village and you have plenty of time before the return journey to Fort William. To reserve your tickets please telephone 01524 737751 /737753. We look forward to your company.

Hotels near The Jacobite Steam Train
Cuil Na Sithe from £65.00
Ben Nevis Hotel and Leisure Club2 starfrom £38.50
Rustic View4 starfrom £78.00
Distillery Guest House4 starfrom £74.00
The Brevins Guest House from £80.00

Other Attraction near Fort William

  • Clan Cameron Museum - The Clan Cameron Museum was opened by Sir Fitzroy Maclean of Dunconnell in 1989. It is in the grounds of Achnacarry, the centre of Clan Cameron Country and home of the Chief of the Clan and his family. .
  • Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary - Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary is Scotland's leading animal rescue centre caring for dozens of sick, injured and orphaned seal pups every year.
  • Bonawe Iron Furnace - Founded in 1753 by a Lake District partnership, Bonawe is the most complete charcoal-fuelled ironworks in Britain.