Fort William itself is a historic Highland town. ┬áIt’s gaelic name is An Gearasdan (The Garrison)┬áand though the origins of the name are a cause for debate, it seems likely that it is named thus following the establishment of a fort during Oliver Cromwell’s rule.
The Lochaber area was historically Clan Cameron country and there were a number of mainly Cameron settlements in the area before the fort was established.
The (free) West Highland Museum is well worth a visit if staying in town, and if you have transport there is the Clan Cameron Museum┬áwhich is a short drive north of Fort William close to the shores of Loch Lochy.
Fort William is conveniently located as the “gateway” to the West Highlands, with Ben Nevis close by, Glen Nevis and Steall Falls, Glenfinnan, the road to the Isles, Ardnamurchan and much more easily accessible from Fort William. ┬áWith much to see and do all year round from snowsports in the winter months, climbing, mountain biking and watersports easily accessible.