things to do in Fort William

Things to do in Fort William

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Discover the best attractions and things to do in Fort William

Enveloped by mountainous peaks and glistening waters, there’s a wealth of things to do in Fort William

From trekking through rural landscapes, or wandering the quaint, cobbled streets, there’s something for everyone in Fort William.

Fort William Attractions

Fort William acts as a beautiful gateway to the incredibly impressive Ben Nevis. As the highest mountain in Britain, the Scottish landmark is a firm favourite for hiking activities in the area.

Fort William is host to an array of natural wonders, including The Steal Waterfall. Situated in Glen Nevis, near Fort William, this remarkable 120-metre drop waterfall is a truly stunning landmark.

The Jacobite Steam Train is another iconic attraction in Fort William, made famous for appearing in the Harry Potter films. The train journey travels across the world-renowned 21-arched Glenfinnan Viaduct.

Fort William Activities

Adults can enjoy a break from the great outdoors with an insightful tour of the Ben Nevis Whisky Distillery. Sat at the foot of the mountain from which it takes its name, the distillery is one of the oldest of its kind in the country.

Find a wealth of outdoor adventures available nearby, great for thrill-seekers. Take to the waters of Loch Eil aboard a sea kayak and soak in the remarkable mountain and coastal views.  Snowboarding and hiking opportunities can be found at nearby Glencoe Mountain, famed as a backdrop behind James Bond’s Skyfall and voted Scotland’s most romantic peak.

Fort William Golf Club promises a peaceful spot to spend an afternoon for those looking for a more relaxing break.

Keep reading to discover more things to do in Fort William…

  • Walkers attempting Ben Nevis on a cloudy day

    Ben Nevis

    7h 28m

    10.75 miles


    Located in the Grampian Mountains near the town of Fort William and standing at 1,345 metres above sea level, Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the UK.

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  • Glencoe


    Carved out thousands of years ago by volcanic eruptions and icy glaciers, the deep valley has been recently been voted Scotland’s most famous, most historic and most romantic glen.

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  • Jacobite steam train

    Jacobite Steam Railway

    PH33 6GD

    0844 850 4685

    Deemed as the greatest railway journey in the world, passing some of Scotland’s most spectacular examples of natural beauty, including the strikingly iconic Ben Nevis.

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  • Neptunes Staircase

    Neptune’s Staircase

    Fort William
    PH33 7NG

    0141 332 6936

    A strikingly beautiful staircase lock lying across the idyllic Caledonian Canal, Neptune’s Staircase is the longest staircase lock in Britain.

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  • Steall Falls

    Steall Waterfall

    Old Military Rd
    Fort William
    PH33 6SY

    A short, simple and scenery-filled walk through Nevis Gorge brings you to the mesmerising Steall Waterfall, one of the highest single drop waterfalls in Scotland.

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  • Vertical Descents zip wire

    Vertical Descents

    Inchree Falls
    Righ Cres
    PH33 6SE

    01397 747111

    A unique outdoor adventure centre in Scotland that offers a wide selection of thrilling activities for everyone.

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