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West Coast - Food and Fuel Stop

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.
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Attractions Near Fort William

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.
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Facilities in Fort William

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.

Hospital (Emergency)

Safeway Supermarket

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
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Pros and Cons
  • 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
  • Last visit to Fort William: Mar 2004
  • Intro Updated Jul 26, 2004
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  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    May 11, 2006 at 2:29 PM

    Sorry to hear of your mishap on the road to the isles!

  • Ben-UK's Profile Photo
    Jun 18, 2005 at 9:33 AM

    Another excellent page -- thank you.

  • margaretvn's Profile Photo
    Sep 19, 2004 at 12:46 AM

    off to Glencoe again in three weeks time..... hired a house for the week nearby. Hoping for good walking weather.

  • DocJules's Profile Photo
    Aug 30, 2004 at 1:58 AM

    Fantastic photo of the Malaig Railway. Your pages are great... and make me want to get back up to the Highlands (haven't been back yet this year). All the best, Jules

  • allikat's Profile Photo
    Aug 24, 2004 at 4:05 AM

    Aw, it may be shabby, but I have a soft spot for FW! But I finally nagged enough for a table at the Crannog and wasn't impressed at all! Now, the Grog and Gruel, that was alright!

  • Sileas's Profile Photo
    Aug 12, 2004 at 5:07 AM

    Some good tips on my love/hate town in the Highlands... Sounds like quite a tour you had... I was there a couple of days ago - it was heaving with tourists...

  • RhineRoll's Profile Photo
    Aug 9, 2004 at 10:12 AM

    Again, on-the-spot tips for Fort William. Like so often said, their major mistake was wasting the shoreline with this stupid dual carriageway. They could have had an awfull nice promenade alongside Loch Linnhe... oh well...

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Jul 28, 2004 at 3:31 AM

    You've tormented us on this page. One superb photo is not enough, we expect more from you. Get on your bike again with camera and don't fall off this time! (I just broke my collarbone racing)

  • ringleader's Profile Photo
    Jul 14, 2004 at 5:08 AM

    Glad you survived....quite an experience!

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Jun 27, 2004 at 1:40 PM

    excellent infos and links ! ... I took the steam train long time before Harry Potter did... but maybe I should finally see this film to refresh my memories...

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