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What to see and do
What are the best things to do near Fort William?
Fort William is known as the “Outdoor Capital of the UK” and for good reason.
The obvious activity is to go hiking! There are many routes that either start or finish in Fort William, such as the West Highland Way. Take a look at our Hiking page for more information about the options.
If you don’t want to go on an extended hike there are many local spots that are stunningly beautiful such as Glen Nevis or Ben Nevis itself! We’ve written various posts about some of the things to see and do.
Other activities near Fort William
Fort William offers many activities for the active or not so active adventurer.
The National Ice Climbing Centre is only 15 miles down the road in Kinlochleven where you can try your skills at climbing in a large freezer!
Equipment is provided for those climbing, but I recommend a warm coat and gloves for any parents who want to watch.
There’s a cafe on site if you need to warm up!
The Nevis Range at Torlundy is just six miles north of Fort William.
With Scotland’s only mountain gondola you can take a ride to the top station and have a snack or lunch in the restaurant.
For the active minded visitor, there’s always skiing in the winter or cycling and hiking in the warmer months.