I've heard and read a lot about this town on Loch Linnhe in the Scottish Highlands. But then I was very pleasantly surprised. My 5 highlights in Fort William Scotland!
DHowever, the weather in Fort William did not (unfortunately) surprise me. It was mild in August, but rather gloomy, which I expected in the rainiest city in the UK ... Nevertheless, you can really experience a lot here without driving far and especially with kids it was the perfect spot for us:
1. Glen coe
The historic massacre of the MacDonald clan took place in the 1690 years in this mystical valley. The most famous scenery here are probably the so-called Three sisters. If you hide the traffic on the A82 and the tourist hordes, the landscape is really dramatic! Several films have been shot here already ...
As all parking around the Three Sisters we were completely overrun a bit off on the other side of the valley Kinlochleven a little bit wandering around, On the way there we stopped at the southern tip of Loch Linnhe with a breathtaking panorama! Again, the Visitor Center in Glencoe is not worth mentioning.
Really worth seeing and only about 30 minutes drive from Fort Willliam away!
2. Glen Nevis
The Valley Nevis in the shadow of the highest mountain in Britain, the Ben Nevis, is a lot more romantic for me than the big sister Glen coe. Not so overcrowded and without through traffic you still experience the real, the wild Scotland! On the roadside you can find highland cows and sheep. At the end of the street of Glen Nevis we are about 1,6 km through the green valleys along the river and back again.
Who likes can be on the other side of the Ben Nevis in the Nevis Range Mountain Experience Take the gondola for about 19 pounds up the mountain and make small hikes with about 30-60 minutes. Unfortunately the weather was so modest that it was not worth it. Next time!
Both attractions can be reached by car from Fort William in about 20 minutes.
Eleven locks (according to our son;) pave the way from here Loch Linnhe to Caledonian Canal Direction Loch Ness. Really very idyllic at the foot of the Ben Nevis Located here, you can hike up and down the locks and cross over again and again. The railway line to Mallaig is located directly opposite and with a little luck can also the Steam train beobabchtchtet! For kids there is a small playground at the parking lot.
A really nice occupation only about 10 minutes north of Fort William.
4. Boat trip over Loch Linnhe
Directly in Fort William at the eponymous fish restaurant on the waterfront Crannog Tours an 1,5 hour drive over Loch Linnhe. Highlights are the Seerobben and if you are lucky also dolphins! A relaxed ride overlooking the Ben Nevis (if not exactly the fog is hanging low like ours) and Fort William. The captain makes his funny comments and who gets cold can try a hot toddy. An adult ticket costs about 15 pounds.
There is also a ferry right next to it, which translates into 20 minutes and is much cheaper. On the other hand, small hikes can be undertaken.
5. Eat & Drink
A super sweet vegan cafe in the middle of the small pedestrian street in Highstreet Fort William, And although the cappuccino is made with Oat Milk, it was the best we had ever tasted. There are also delicious and especially healthy snacks (which I do not find so easy in Scotland).
Alone the location is uniquely beautiful, right on the water overlooking the Loch Linnhe, And the food keeps what it promises! It may not be cheap, but the fish fillets and steaks are really tasty! Main courses cost around 15 pounds. The atmosphere is really cozy and appealing, the staff extremely friendly. Best in town!
Quaint pub and typically Scottish! Also in the pedestrian zone in Fort Willliam If you are looking for a place to eat, you can not only drink ale or lager, but you can also go to the upper floor for delicious meals. We were lucky and played a Scottish, little band on Thursday night! As a half-Scot I love the accent and it was played backpipe and old folk songs ...