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Fort William is the largest town in the Highlands of Scotland and its close proximity to attractions such as Ben Nevis and Glencoe make it a popular base for many tourists. Travellers come to Fort William every year to enjoy the spectacular scenery and the opportunities for outdoor activities such as hillwalking, cycling, and cruising.

Fort William has a fabulous water system and lies along one of the longest sea lochs in Scotland, Loch Linnhe. It is also close to River Nevis and River Lochy, making it the ideal location for canal and river cruises.

Where to Stay in Fort William

Because of Fort William’s popularity as a tourist destination, there are many places to stay in and around the town. Whether you are travelling to Fort William alone or in a group, many options are available to suit any budget. Family holidays in the town are well catered for, as are large groups. Below are just a few examples of some of the excellent accommodation options available in Fort William.

  • Bed and Breakfasts – If you want a private, more intimate place to stay, a Bed and Breakfast – or B&B – is ideal. These establishments provide guests with a private room and, in many cases, an en suite bathroom. Rooms are usually booked on a per night basis and the booking will include breakfast the following morning. Fort William has many excellent B&B options including Torlundy House and Balcarres Bed and Breakfast.
  • Guesthouses – Fort William also has a number of guesthouses, which offer fantastic accommodation options to those travelling to the beautiful Scottish Highlands for a holiday. Guesthouses are similar to bed and breakfasts but, while they offer the same personal touches as B&Bs do, they tend to offer extra facilities such as a licensed bar and evening meals. Whether you are looking for a budget option or a more luxurious guesthouse for your Fort William trip, you will not be disappointed. The Moorings Guest House and Glentower Lower Observatory are just two examples of fabulous guesthouses in the town.
  • Hostels – Hostels are generally viewed as a great way to save money on accommodation, as guests will pay for a bed only. Beds are in dormitories, which may be single sex or sometimes mixed sex, depending on the establishment. Most hostels have communal bathrooms and some will have a shared kitchen and lounge that guests can use. Hostels do not provide food but if there is a shared kitchen, guests will be able to cook their own food. In Fort William, Calluna and Inchree Holiday Centre are examples of hostels at which budget accommodation is available.
  • Hotels – A more luxurious accommodation choice is going to be a hotel, and Fort William has many wonderful hotels to choose from. With stunning rooms overlooking lochs or the magnificent Ben Nevis, hotel accommodation in Fort William is out of this world. Room service and other facilities attract many people and, for some, hotel accommodation is the only way to go when holidaying in the Highlands. The Nevis Bank Inn and Spean Bridge Hotel are just two of the amazing hotels located in and around Fort William.
  • Self-Catering Accommodation – Another way to keep costs down on a holiday to the Highlands is to opt for self-catering accommodation. There are many chalets, lodges, and apartments available with facilities for cooking in Fort William, and these are generally reasonably priced. For fantastic self-catering accommodation, Ardochy House Cottages and Ben Nevis Log Cabins are ideal options.
  • Camping & Caravanning – If you want to be as close as possible to the spectacular scenery and wildlife in Fort William then the most appropriate type of accommodation is camping. There are a number of fabulous campsites in Fort William, at which you can pitch your tent and sleep under the stars. However, the good news for those not too keen on camping is that there are many caravan parks too, where accommodation is slightly more luxurious and a tad warmer. Gorten Sands Caravan Park and Invercoe Caravan and Camping Park are two fantastic options.

Enjoying Fort William

There are many things to do during the day in Fort William. Exploring the surrounding area is a great way to see so many different sights and there is plenty of opportunity to catch a glimpse of some beautiful wildlife, including red deer, otters, and golden eagles.

Ben Nevis is the highest peak in the British Isles and rightly draws many thousands of tourists every year. Visitors to Fort William are in the ideal position from which to take a trip to the magnificent mountain and even if you do not attempt to climb at least some of it, you can still say you saw it!

If climbing is not for you, a trip to the Ben Nevis Distillery might be an alternative. Here you can learn about how Scotch whisky is made and enjoy a tasting session of the smooth Ben Nevis Scotch.

Close to Fort William is Glenfinnan and, in particular, the Glenfinnan Viaduct – this has become world famous as the bridge crossed by the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter movies. For Harry Potter fans, this is a must-see bridge. It is even possible to take a trip on the Jacobite Express, which crosses the viaduct – another exciting experience for fans of the famous wizard!












A cruise on the Caledonian Canal is another great way to see the beauty all around Fort William and the surrounds. Day cruises begin in Banavie, which is close to Fort William, and provide tourists with the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing trip down the stunning canal. There is full commentary on board and comfortable seating in the cabin. There are also opportunities to purchase snacks and hot drinks on board to make the whole experience even more enjoyable. For more information on the many cruises available or to book a cruise, contact Clyde Cruises today.

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