Fort William is the largest settlement on the whole western coastline of the Highlands, its stunning location having enabled it to become the self-styled ‘Outdoor Capital’ for all kinds of adventure activities. It is a cross-roads of major long-distance walking routes, a convenient base for scores of mountain ascents or easy forest, woodland and canalside walks.
Fort William is most famous as being at the base of the highest peak of them all, mighty Ben Nevis. The town is also the gateway to Glen Nevis, one of the most picturesque of all glens. This leads not just along the foot of the Ben itself but past the stunning ridges of the Mamores and through the dramatic Nevis Gorge to Steall Falls – surely one of the most dramatic destinations for a shorter walk in all Scotland.