Travelling around Fort William and Lochaber - our guide

Sitting at the head of Loch Linnhe, a sea loch, and at the foot of Ben Nevis, Fort William is the major town of the south-western Highlands of Scotland. The High Street is the heart of the town - here one will find most of the shops, pubs and restaurants and at its northern end, beyond the bypass, the bus and railway stations.

The centre of Fort William is small enough to get around on foot.

In summer local buses run to Glen Nevis Youth Hostel.

Scottish Highland Tours, Telephone +44 1397 704901, offers tours from Fort William in luxury buses  and also offers taxis and cars from Fort William.

For car hire, we recommend the excellent Fort William Car Hire. whose service is what sets them apart from all others. They will pick you up at the Fort William train station, bus station, or other convenient spot. As a special bonus, they include free satellite navigation systems with all vehicle hires.

For taxis, we recommend Greyhound Taxis, 131 Blar Mhor Rd Caol, ? 01397 705050,  A family run taxi company, they cater to bikers, hill-walkers, or day trippers who don't know their way around. They have bike racks and ski racks, and a secure luggage trailer can be provided. They operate 4 & 6 seater cabs.  

Local buses - Several Citylink coaches a day run to and from Glasgow, Oban, Kyle of Lochalsh, the Isle of Skye and Inverness. In summer a couple also go to Edinburgh via Stirling. Shiel Buses operate up to three buses per day to and from Mallaig. Local Stagecoach buses run to Kinlochleven via Glencoe.


Fort William is a key station of the famous West Highland Railway Line, and a trip either south to Rannoch, Crianlarich and Arrochar – or west to Mallaig via The Glenfinnan Viaduct and Arisaig, is a must do during your stay in Fort William.

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