"Fort William - Foot of Ben Nevis" Top 5 Page for this destination Fort William by scotlandscotour
Fort William Travel Guide: 207 reviews and 372 photos
Fort William Town is getting better but it is still a fairly drab and unattractive place - which would be bypassed except for a few major attractions and its strategic location.
The town centre has little charm, though some may find its tourist shops and rough decor interesting. It cannot be called pretty.
Worst for me it the dual carriageway that bypasses the town but cuts it off from the water - reducing the whole waterfront to an eyesore.
Despite my problems with the town itself, the location, in Lochaber is superb, though in summer over run by tourists.
Ben Nevis - The highest summit in Scotland
Glen Nevis - delightfully beautiful valley
Road to the Isles - The road to Malaig, west of FW - superb, as long as you don't crash (see my tips!)
Rail and Coach links to Glasgow, Inverness and Isle of Skye - and the superb steam train to Mallaig (Harry Potter).
West Highland Way - northern end (starts Glasgow and meanders via Loch Lomond and Glencoe into "Fort Bill")
Glencoe - breathtaking wild valley steeped in history - south of "Fort Bill"
Nevis Range - Mountain Centre - Winter skiing, summer downhill biking and a scenic gondola ride.
Great Glen - Canals linking lochs to Inverness. Neptune's staircase lock gates enables boats to skip the treacherous sea voyage around north coast. Leads to Fort Augustus and Loch Ness.
The town remains disappointing, despite the huge benefit of a pedestrianised High Street.
Fort William has however tons of accommodation, B&Bs, hostels, campsites and hotels.
Crannog Seafood Restaurant
Bars and Tourist Shops
Outdoor Equipment Shops
Railway and Coach Station
Tiny Cinema at Tourist Info.
The Worst Chip Shop in My Memory
After reading my Fort William Tips, I recommend reading Scotland Travel Tips
- Pros:Location and Rail / Coach Links, Accommodation, Basic Shops, Ben Nevis, Glen Nevis, Outdoor Sports
- Cons:Rubbish Accommodation, Unattractive, Tourist Tat, Poor Failities, Ugly Town,
- In a nutshell:A Resource Centre & Regional Focus - But Ugly
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