Fort William Info
Sometimes referred to as the `Outdoor Capital of the UK', the Fort William area is a fantastic short holiday destination for fans of the great outdoors, whether visitors wish to take part in the adventurous outdoor activities on offer or simply relax and enjoy the beautiful surrounding scenery. Fort William, nestled amongst mountains, lochs and forest, has been the site of fortresses of varying descriptions since the Iron Age but it gained its current name from the Fortress belonging to William of Orange.
It is impossible to miss Fort William's major attraction, Ben Nevis and the Nevis Range, which features a cable car ride offering unparalleled views of this part of the Scottish Highlands and Britain's highest mountain. Other must-see attractions include the Treasures of the Earth, where collections of beautiful crystals and precious stones are displayed in a magical cave setting, and the Ben Nevis Distillery, one of Scotland's oldest distilleries. Here visitors can gain an insight into how famous Scotch whisky is made. Nearby, further natural attractions can be found in places such as the Glenspean area and Ardnamurchan.
A number of leisure centres provide swimming pools and indoor sports facilities, including climbing walls and squash courts. However, it is the outdoor sports that are most associated with Fort William and the surrounding area, with activities such as zip lining, mountain biking, snowboarding and skiing available for the more adventurous. Accommodation here is abundant and with a little advance notice it's possible to book cheap hotels in and near Fort William even at peak times.
Fort William's economy has thrived on industry and mining for many years and industry and aluminium smelting continues to play an important role today. However, industries such as tourism and outdoor sports have become more important for the area in recent years.