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Surrounded By Natural Beauty
Fort William (Scotland)
Member Name: andyoz
Fort William (Scotland)
Advantages: Nice Place, Friendly People
Disadvantages: None Really
I am a big fan of climbing, hiking and all round mountains sports. I love going up to Scotland and spending some time in the highlands. One of my favourite places in Scotland is here, Fort William. I've been going there since I was a little kid, its a great base for so many activities in the area that I enjoy doing.
Fort William is the largest town in the Scottish Highlands. It lies on the shores of the beautiful Loch Linnie and lies the west end of Scotland's 'Great Glen'. The small town lies in the shadow of Scotland's and the UK's highest mountain, Ben Nevis. The town has a population of around ten thousand all though this swells due to the mass of tourists that flock to the area.
Fort William is known as the adventure capital of Scotland. Close to the spectacular Glen Coe this is a great base for walking in the imposing Scottish mountains. Its also near to the small Ski resort. Along with that there are loads of other outdoor pursuits you can get involved in.
There are lots of nice hotels in Fort William, I have stayed in the youth hostel which lies a few miles up the road at the foot of Ben Nevis. There is a big walking culture so there are loads of out door shops for you to browse through and stare at the sharp shiny toys in there! There are also some really nice pubs in Fort William, most have a real warm and cosy atmosphere and walkers are welcome.
There are some nice shops in the town, some tourist type shops and some traditional shops as well as things like small supermarkets and other such stores. There is also a really good whisky shop with a very good selection. Another thing that attracts people is the distillery, I've never been but as I love whisky its a place I would like to visit.
To get to Fort William there are a few ways you can get there. The most obvious is by road, I love the drive up Glen Coe as its so spectacular and really gives you everything that Scotland is about with the wild moors and towering peaks. Another means of transport is the train, the West Highland Line passes through Fort William and again the journey up through the mountains is supposed to be one of the most stunning rides in Britain. You could also probably get there by boat, the loch goes into the sea so this is an other mode of transport available.
If your looking to stay in Fort William there are a few nice days out. Oban is about an hour away and is a lovely sea side town well worth a visit. If you want to venture a little further its about two hours to Inverness which is an excellent city that has plenty to do and is very lively. If you do go to Inverness you pass Loch Ness which you can also have a look at and see if you can spot Nessie! There are some good visit centres there where you can learn the history of the Loch and learn all about the mysterious monster.
Also worth a visit is Urquhart Castle which lies on the shores of Loch Ness. Its an interesting place to look round and you get some great 'Nessie spotting' views of the Loch. You can combine this into your day of going to Inverness.
There is so much to do in and around Fort William if you are into the great outdoors. I always enjoy being in the area and will no doubt return many times over the coming years. There is a really nice atmosphere around the town and despite the Scots not always being the most welcoming of people, the people in Fort William always seem pretty friendly.
If you are planning a visit to Scotland and want to get into the heart of the highlands then this is the place for you. With wild beauty and a warm welcome Fort William is a wonderful place to visit.
Summary: A Great Place