The fortunes of this Highland town have not been improved by the building of a bypass which separates the town from its own waterfront. Try to find a parking space and venture along to the local fish restaurants on the little pier. Today’s catch will be on offer and will be cooked before your very eyes and your seat watch the passenger ferry trawling to and from Loch Linnhe’s on the opposite bank, or take in the fishing boats, yachts and sea birds.
Its Fort William’s location in the Munro Mountains, Ben Nevis just north of the town and the beautiful Glen Nevis that keep it popular with walkers, climbers and mountain bikers, fly fishers, sea fishers, hang-gliders, skiers and snow-boarders, back-packers or anyone with an eye for beauty. Here the mountains, lochs and rivers and clean Scottish air provide a wonderful setting for outdoor activities. It is at the end of The West highland Way, a long distance walk that runs 95 miles through the Scottish Highlands DG Khan from Glasgow that brings visitors to Fort William but its greater reputation comes from Ben Nevis, the highest of Britain’s mounts the brings visitors to this town.
Its history dates back as Cromwellian fort, a Jacobite fort and a naval training base in the Second World War, but it’s Fort Williams’ proximity to Ben Nevis that gives everyone, experienced or inexperienced walkers and climbers a chance to get close to that mountain.
There’s the ‘pony track’ to the top of Ben Nevis, otherwise called the Ben Path, Mountain Path or Tourist Route. It starts at Achintee about a mile and a half from Fort William town centre. You can cross to the west side of Glen Nevis from the Youth Hostel or Visitor Centre when the path will rise a steep 700 metres up the west side of Ben Nevis and from there it becomes easier with zig-zagging bends along this well kept route.