Fort William History

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Welcome to Fort William


Fort William is a beautiful and scenic town located right beside Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles. The town is best know for its great mountain sitting right next to it, but there is also much more this town has to offer.



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Eating out: Fort William offers a wide range of restaurants for you to chose from. For seafood lovers there is Crannoq seafood restaurant, and if you are a big group then The Lime Tree Hotel and Restaurant is for you! As well as having fabulous restaurants, don’t miss the opportunity to indulge in Fort Williams pubs and bars. Cobbs bar and The Ben Nevis Inn offer cask conditioned ale and delicious beer, so after a hard day of walking Ben, relax and unwind in one of these pubs!


Transport: Fort William has regular buses running throughout the town and to Ben Nevis and back. As well as having excellent bus services, Fort William also offers taxi’s that will take you anywhere in Fort William, you can also pre-book a taxi by calling the company. Fort William is accessible from Glasgow and Inverness, there are regular trains running to and from these cities to Fort William.




Ben Nevis Mountain: Ben Nevis is Fort Williams pride and glory. This beautiful mountain is the highest in the British Isles. The mountain is walked by thousands of people every year who get to see the beautiful views surrounding Ben Nevis. Ben Nevis rises from the sea level of Loch Linnhe to tower 4,406ft above Fort William. Be warned though, Ben Nevis is not for the beginner walker, many people that have climbed the mountain have said that weather conditions can change in minutes and normally for the worse.



“Outdoor Capital of the UK”: Not only can you climb the highest mountain in the British Isles, but in the Fort William area you can basically do any outdoor activity you want! From scuba diving to flying through the air to anything in-between, everything is possible. Fly fishing excursions or a relaxing cruise on the Caledonian Canal or maybe riding a bike through one of the many forest tracks, or a spot of golf at the Lochaber golf courses, Fort William has it all!



Accommodation: There is many relaxing and beautiful bed and breakfasts to chose from in Fort William, just click here to check them out!





Fort William was named after ‘William of Orange’. During World War 2, Fort William was used as the home of HMS St Christopher which was training base for Royal Navy Coastal Forces. The settlement that grew around the fort was originally called “Maryburgh”, but took on many names throughout the years like “Gordonsburgh” and “Duncansburgh”. It now has been reverted back to “Fort William”.