Best things to do near Fort William

Things to see and do in and around Fort William in the Scottish Highlands

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.

Our recommended walking guides

Whilst there are many walks you can do around the area without the need for a guide, you can’t beat having a local guide to add that extra local knowledge and experience.

Andy at Up and Doon is one of our recommended guides who we are happy to recommend.

Other activities near Fort William

Fort William offers many activities for the active or not so active adventurer. 

The Jacobite Steam Train runs from Fort William during the summer months and is a must for all Harry Potter fans.

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!

For indoor adventure there’s always Three Wise Monkeys climbing wall to test your climbing skills.

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.

Glencoe Mountain is about 40 minutes from Fort William by car and offers activities in both the summer and winter months.

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