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The largest town in the Western Highlands, Fort William has been place of trade, commerce and tourism for many years. Viewed from the across the waters of Loch Linnhe, on which the town stands, Britain’s highest peak, Ben Nevis, towers above, attracting throngs of walkers and climbers all year round. Whichever part of the Highlands you choose for your Scotland cottage holiday, it is likely that you will visit Fort William at some point, as the main route from north to south passes through here.
The town itself has everything the holidaymaker could need in terms of facilities, with some good restaurants, pubs, shops and a host of Outdoor retail outlets. In town, see the Ben Nevis Distillery and the West Highland Museum, and enjoy a stroll round the ruined fort from which the town takes its name. But the real reason to visit the town is for what lies beyond; the Great Glen, a natural fault line straddling Scotland from Fort William to Inverness, is a string of lochs, strung out along the Caledonian Canal, including Loch Ness, the country’s most famous body of water; home to the mythical monster ‘Nessie’. Glen Nevis and Ben Nevis lie to the north of town; if you’re planning to scale the mighty peak ensure to be prepared; the weather is notoriously changeable and this is a serious walk to undertake. Glen Nevis provides much gentler low-level gorge walks, while there are a host of cycle routes in the vicinity, including the long distance Great Glen Cycle Route, which links Fort William with Inverness some eighty miles away.
Other ways to enjoy the local scenery include pleasure cruises, which run daily from the town pier, a visit to the ruins of Inverlochy Castle just north of town or a ride on the West Highland railway line which passes through spectacular Highland scenery. By car there are many circular routes making enjoyable day trips or longer stays from your Scotland cottage base near Fort William; following the ‘Road to the Isles’ to Skye, now linked by a toll-free bridge, or to the westerly outpost of Ardnamurchan.
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