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A popular spot with tourists and visitors to the Highlands, Fort William is usually linked with Glen Coe and Glenfinnan as well as considered the gateway to the Islands.

Otherwise known as the ‘Garrison’, Fort William is alternatively thought of as the town with many squares. Its claim to fame is that it has featured at the beginning of a Harry Potter film. Named after William of Orange, the town of Fort William began as an early settlement living in the shadows of a battling fort. It was during the English Civil War and the Uprisings of the Jacobites that Fort William survived some considerably bloody sieges.


Fort William, one of the West Highland’s biggest towns, is situated at the end of the West Highland Way footpath and sits in the shadows of Ben Nevis.


While mountain climbers, walkers and hikers enjoy the challenging terrain of the area, this is a popular location for mountain bike competitions famed for its Downhill Mountain Bike Track. The Nevis Range gondolas here is a resort that never seems to sleep, attracting several thousands of visitors throughout the year.


The heart of the town is its pedestrianised High Street, a location you can spot in the opening frames of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.


Visitors to the region hoping to take in an island or two are in the right place. Fort William is connected to the Lochaber port of Mallaig by the A830, popularly known as the Road to the Isles. The west coast’s principal fishing port of Mallaig is itself an attraction. Visitors are particularly attracted to the area because of its outdoor pursuit opportunities and is where the ferries leave for Scottish Isle destinations like Rum, Skye, Knoydart and Eigg.




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