Welcome to Fort William, the Outdoor Capital of the UK, a great base to explore the Highlands of Scotland

Get Outdoors!

With the Outdoor Capital of the UK  at your doorstep you really have no excuses not to get outdoors!  There’s something for everyone.  Nevis Range https://www.nevisrange.co.uk for skiing in the winter and mountain biking in the summer, and this is where our local parkrun is held every Saturday.

Mountain biking is so popular and there is plenty of places nearby to do this.  Such as Glencoe https://www.glencoemountain.co.uk and Wolftrax at Laggan https://lagganwolftrax.co.uk

Rock climbing in Glen Nevis, walking the hills, swimming in the lochs, if it’s the outdoors you’re after, Fort William is your place.  

After all, we do have the highest mountain in the country, Ben Nevis, right on our doorstep. 


Discover your ancestory!

With people from Scotland moving all over the world, come back to your roots and discover where your family came from.  There are some fabulous museums in Scotland, with our very own West Highland Museum

 https://www.westhighlandmuseum.org.uk in the centre of Fort William being outstanding.  There is also a local archive centre https://www.highlifehighland.com/lochaber-archive-centre that could help with any queries you may have about your family.

To gain a genuine feeling of how people lived in the past make sure you visit the Highland Folk Museum at Newtonmore. http://www.highlandfolk.com

Head to the High Street!

 Fort William has an abundance of unique small independent shops for you to spend your time in. 

The Granite House https://www.granitehousefortwilliam.co.uk has been a part of the High Street since 1977 selling all manner of objects and toys.  The Highland Soap Company https://www.highlandsoaps.com have a beautiful shop for all your bathroom needs and the Emporium of Wordly Goods https://theemporiumfortwilliam.square.site/ sells ethically sourced products for your home.  All these and outdoor clothing and accessory shops and Off Beat Bikes https://www.offbeatbikes.co.u to look after your biking needs or bike hire.

Eat Out!

 Lochaber has a large range of wonderful restaraunts to choose from.  There is the Crannog at the Fort William Pier https://www.crannog.net and the  Loch Leven Seafood Restaraunt for beautiful fresh seafood.  The High Street has The Geographer  https://www.geographerrestaurant.co.uk/for food from around the world, Garrison West for Scottish fayre.  Catch the train to Spean Bredge for a speical occasion at Russells https://www.smiddyhouse.com/  and many pubs for a traditional pub meal.