Fort William is the second largest settlement in the highlands of Scotland and the largest town: only the city of Inverness is larger. Fort William is a major tourist centre with Glen Coe just to the south, Aonach Mòr to the north and Glenfinnan to the west, on the ‘Road to the Isles’ to Mallaig and the Skye Ferry. It is a huge centre for hillwalking and climbing due to its proximity to Ben Nevis, and many other Munro mountains. There is world class downhill mountain biking at nearby Nevis Range, Home of the UCH Downhill World Cup. It is the start/end of both the West Highland Way (Milngavie/Fort William) and the Great Glen Way; a walk/cycle way (Fort William/Inverness).
The local weather, and mountain safety
Many of us will know Fort William and Lochaber from hearing about avalanches and fatalities in the local mountains, particularly Ben Nevis and Glencoe. The Mountaineering Council of Scotland has an excellent website, where you will find information about mountain weather and avalanche conditions; necessary skills; training - including courses, seminars, lectures, DVDs and other resources. Check out the Mountain Safety frequently asked questions (FAQs) for more information on topics ranging from rescue helicopters or hypothermia to equipment or finding a guide. There are also special sections for clubs relating to Safety & Liability and a mountain safety section for Student Clubs.
Lochaber is, quite simply, a must visit for anyone wishing to see, experience and appreciate the very best of Scotland and its awesome diversity and beauty. From the most stunning mountain scenery in Scotland, to possibly the best quality range of outdoor pursuits anywhere in the UK, and certainly in Scotland – hence the term ‘The Outdoor Capital of Scotland’ – this remarkable area will leave you reeling in delight, and immediately instil a spirit of adventure.
Stunning walking and climbing virtually from our doorstep. Lochaber Watersports not far away. Great golf at Fort William and on superb small highland courses notably Traigh. Excellent river and loch fishing. Deer stalking and shooting. The Farm riding centre at Torlundy. Sensational wildlife cruises on Loch Shiel. Nevis Range Mountain Gondola and Ski Resort. Memorable train journeys. And much much more. All amidst some of the wildest and most captivating scenery in the Scottish Highlands, in "Western Europe's last great wilderness", as Lochaber is known.
Famous historical events around Fort William and Lochaber - the history of Lochaber is fascinating and has its part to play in the history of the Jacobites, the resulting Battle of Culloden where the Rising came to an end, and the subsequent quoshing of traditional Clan life, the Clearances and of course Crofting. For more information, visit the history about the Fort William and Lochaber area