Fort William Coast GuideFort William is a picturesque tourist centre on the banks of the sea loch, Loch Linnhe, and overlooked by Ben Nevis, the UK's highest peak. The town doesn't really feel like a seaside resort town, which is perhaps not surprising, as it is situated some 30 miles from the coast. The reason that the town connects to the sea is the Great Glen, the geological fault line that runs from Fort William all the way to Inverness. In fact you could go by boat in that direction and reach Inverness and the North Sea via the Caledonian Canal.
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The geography of the area makes for some spectacular settings and you will certainly need your camera in this area. The town itself is quite modern and pleasant but it is the surrounding scenery that steals the show. With spectacular views down the loch and stunning views from the top of the Ben, if you're feeling fit. The peak of Ben Nevis reaches up to 1343 metres, quite a climb from sea-level but there is a good path and you don't need technical skills to reach the summit. The north side of the peak is sheer and is only suitable for competent climbers. You should check on local weather condition if you are going to attempt the walk, as the weather changes very quickly in this area.
There is now a gondola run by the Nevis Range which goes up onto Aonoch Mor an adjacent peak. it reaches 650 metres and is the highest mountain gondola in the UK. You can then walk on marked trails to viewpoints nearby. There is also a cafe and restaurant near the top station - it is open throughout the year with the exception of closure for planned maintenance and because of bad weather - check for details via the link below. There are also several mountain bike trails from the top station and a high ropes course which is suitable for adults and children - check link for details.
Fort William and Ben Nevis Ben Nevis across Loch Eil Loch Linnhe Fort William
Places to visit around Fort William
Ben Nevis Highland Centre - Nevis Bridge, Fort William, Inverness-Shire PH33 6PF Tel: 01397 704244
Treasures of The Earth - St. Annes, Corpach, Fort William, Inverness-Shire PH33 7JL Tel: 01397 772283
Ben Nevis - Britain's highest mountain towers 4,406 feet over the town. There is now a gondola system to take people up to Aonach Mor - part of the Nevis range.
Glen Nevis - lies to the south of Ben Nevis and sweeps up to the peak.
Nevis Range - gondola up Aonoch Mor, a nearby peak. Nevis Range Torlundy, Fort Willliam Inverness-shire PH33 6SQ Scotland Phone: 01397 705 825 Website: Nevis Range
Ben Nevis Whisky Distillery - Lochy Bridge, Fort William PH33 6TJ, Scotland Tel: 01397 702476
Loch Ness - lies about 25 miles to the north east. Say hello to Nessie!
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