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Fort William is described as the Outdoor Capital of the UK. Situated at the base of Ben Nevis, this large waterside town is one of Scotland’s major tourist destinations. Using a hotel in Fort William as a base for your short break or holiday you’ll have time to explore distilleries, golf clubs and castles, or to climb aboard The Jacobite – made famous as the Hogwarts Express.



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Your guide to Fort William

Fort William at a glance:
  • The UK’s Outdoor Capital, at the base of Ben Nevis.
  • A lovely waterside holiday destination, with authentic Scottish surroundings including castles, golf courses and distilleries.
  • An attractive year-round holiday and short break destination.
  • Dine out at a variety of local pubs, restaurants and mountainside cafés.
  • Climb aboard the Jacobite, recognised all over the world as the Hogwarts Express from the Harry Potter movies.

At the base of Ben Nevis, Fort William is an exceptional waterside town that has become one of Scotland’s most popular tourist destinations. Book a stay in a hotel in Fort William to see why the town has been labelled as the UK’s ‘Outdoor Capital’.

Fort William itself has a peaceful and amiable atmosphere, ideal if you’re looking for that quaint British escape with excellent pubs and cafés. Despite its popularity, the town remains a ‘sleepy’ environment in which the pace of life is slow. Most obviously, both in terms of fame and visual imposition, Ben Nevis is one of the major draws to the town. Ben Nevis is the tallest peak in the UK, which means that many use Fort William as a base for climbing holidays. Whilst the Ben Nevis climb is challenging, the views across Fort William and Lochaber from the peak will be a worthwhile reward for your effort. Ben Nevis also isn’t the only mountain in the area, which means that those looking for a different challenge or for a little more variety can also make their way to nearby Aonach Mor.

Once you’ve climbed Ben Nevis (or if it simply isn’t for you), a trip to the Ben Nevis Distillery makes for a much more restful day out. You’ll learn all about the whisky production process through video presentations and a tour of the production areas, and of course you’ll be welcome to try samples of the famous whiskies themselves. There are on-site refreshments of the non-alcoholic variety in the coffee shop and restaurant, rounding off a fun day of activity.

Any visit to Fort William would not be complete without a trip on the Jacobite Steam Railway. In recent years the line has famous as the route taken by the Hogwarts Express, which means that even children and grandchildren will be fascinated by the train and surrounding scenes. The breath-taking countryside views are themselves a joy to behold, with the Jacobite providing one of the most unique and comfortable ways to experience the incredible beauty of the Scottish Highlands.

You’ll always find excitement within minutes of your Fort William hotel. It epitomises every delightful aspect of the Highlands, and serves as a relaxing base for a holiday or short break.





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