Why is Fort William famous?

Why is Fort William famous?

Fort William is known as the Outdoor Capital of the UK. The fort was named after King William III. Fort William was the first town in Britain to light up its streets using hydroelectricity in 1896. The aluminium smelter was built by British Aluminium Company Ltd in the 1920s.

Is Fort William a real place in Scotland?

Fort William, small burgh (town) in the Highland council area, historic county of Inverness-shire, western Scotland. It lies at the northeastern end of Loch Linnhe and at the foot of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain.

Is there anything to do in Fort William?

There are plenty of things to do in Fort William and Lochaber, from rare wildlife- watching and thrilling outdoors activities to fascinating historic attractions and cultural heritage sites. Explore Britain’s highest mountain Ben Nevis, take a walk in the dramatic landscapes of Glencoe, or go skiing at Nevis Range.

What does Fort mean in Scotland?

Hillforts in Scotland are earthworks, sometimes with wooden or stone enclosures, built on higher ground, which usually include a significant settlement, built within the modern boundaries of Scotland.

Is Fort Williams worth visiting?

It’s one of the Highland’s best-known resorts, and once you’ve seen the dramatic setting of Fort William you’ll easily understand why. With just over 10,000 inhabitants, the town swells as thousands visit the region every year to enjoy the skiing, walking and scenery.

Do you need a car in Fort William?

Sitting in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Fort William is the perfect base from which to explore the West Highlands, including historic Glen Coe. Furthermore, thanks to its good transport links, Fort Bill (as it is affectionately called) is a great base if you are touring Scotland without a car.

Can you go up Ben Nevis in a cable car?

It costs £9.50 for an adult. You take a short cable car ride to the top of the mountain range. Once at the top there is a bit to do too. There is a viewing platform and a discovery centre which gives you a history of the Nevis Mountain ragne.

How to get to Fort William in Scotland?

How to get to Fort William. Situated in Lochaber in the West Highlands, Fort William Travel Information’ illiam is well connected to the main cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh with regular transport links by train and bus. It is approximately a two to three hour drive from both cities, although it is closer to Glasgow on the west coast.

Where is Fort William and Lochaber in Scotland?

The Fort William and Lochaber area is a huge rural part of the Scottish West Highlands, with Fort William the largest town and many smaller communities scattered around our lochs, glens and coastal shoreline.

Is there an interactive map of Fort William?

Our Fort William interactive map allows you to decide where you would like to stay – in a Highland glen, by the shore of a loch, or in one of our small communities. Our interactive map should also give you a good indication of distances and where you would like to visit.

Where is the Aird in Fort William Scotland?

Neptune’s Staircase is a staircase lock comprising eight locks on the Caledonian Canal. Photo: Klaus with K, CC BY-SA 3.0. An Aird is both an area of Fort William, Scotland, and also the largest dedicated shinty park in the town and is situated on the east bank of Loch Linnhe, near the centre of the town.