Fort William is a pretty town in the Scottish Highlands. It
lies on Loch Linnhe, close to Glen Coe, and has a population of more than 10,000. The town is celebrated for its beautiful mountain scenery, and various
outdoor activities including wildlife safaris, gorge walking and white water
rafting. It has an oceanic climate, with moderate weather throughout the year.
The town dates back to 1654, when a wooden fort was built to
bring together English troops and Clan Cameron after the Wars of the Three Kingdoms.
The fort was named after William of Orange, a former King of England at the
time who commissioned its build.
These days, Fort William is a major tourist centre, popular
for climbing and hillwalking. The town has a large mountain bike track, and is
also a hub for motorcycling. Bev Nevis, the highest mountain in the British
Isles, is located close to Fort William, and is regularly frequented by
The town’s main focus point is its high street, which has
been pedestrianized since the 1990s. There you’ll find various shops, cafes and
squares, as well as popular landmarks. Notable attractions range from museums
and parks to monuments and statues. Sites worth seeing include Saint Andrew’s Church
and West Highland Museum. Plans are currently underway to open a new waterfront
development in Fort William that will feature various new homes and shops.
Fort William’s main transport links are buses and trains.
From Fort William Railway Station, you can catch a train to Glasgow and various
local ports. There’s also an overnight train which runs through Fort William
called the Caledonian Sleeper. For buses, head to MarcFarlane Way, which is
located directly opposite the main railway station.
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