Fort William, High Street

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Widely regarded as the Outdoor Capital of the United Kingdom, Fort William is a small town at the foot of Ben Nevis, as much an icon of the Scottish Highlands as it is a popular backdrop to a wealth of outdoor activities. Rising on the shores of Loch Linnhe where the concentration of hotels in Fort William, Scotland can be found, this small town of less than 10,000 is connected to the Atlantic Ocean via the Caledonian Canal, a geological fault converted to a waterway in 1822 and today a busy hub for commercial shipping and leisure cruises that bring passengers to several lochs including the fabled Loch Ness a short way up in Fort Augustus.

Sailing and canoeing are equally popular water sports on the Caledonian Canal, and Fort William's location on its banks enables intrepid travellers to explore Scotland from coast to coast as the canal connects the town farther up to Inverness to the northeast. Signposted trails and a wide range of accommodation in Fort William, Scotland also parallel the Canal, allowing it to be explored on bicycle and boots. Pack a pair of binoculars as well and scope out the area's stag, red deer and the rare golden eagle.

Where to Stay in Fort William to Explore Ben Nevis

Fort William also makes an excellent base for climbing Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, towering over the Great Glen landscape at 1,344 metres. The mountain has not only beckoned vertical adventurers, it also captivated film-makers who shot parts of Braveheart and Harry Potter onsite.

Come winter, Ben Nevis is busiest with skiers and snowboarders, and the alpine scenery is interrupted every now and then by visitors arriving on helicopter and touring the area by helicopter. True to its moniker, Fort William also sees constant streams of visitors year round who come for hot air ballooning, micro-lighting (flying using ultra-light, fixed wing aircraft), power kiting and paragliding off the north face of Ben Nevis. The mountain is surrounded by a sizable population of bed and breakfast in Fort William, Scotland so you will have plenty to choose from if you book early.

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From spring to summer, Fort William comes more alive with heritage festivals. In March, the mountains and Scottish cultural legacy are celebrated in Fort William Mountain Festival, while May sees endurance competitions. June is particularly yachting month, while July is a buzzing month full of bagpipe (and livestock) sounds when Highland Games and Agricultural fairs take place only a few days apart.