The outdoor capital of the UK, Fort William has so much to offer visitors. Whether it’s a quiet Loch-side walk or hair-raising white water rafting, tranquil forest cycling or world-class downhill mountain bike routes, there’s something for every traveller and tourist, with our Fort William hotel perfectly positioned to take in all the action. Factor in a wide range of bars, cafés, restaurants, pubs and clubs, several museums and distilleries, as well as some of the best scenery in the UK, and you’ll never be left wondering what to do in Fort William. This Scottish town boasts year-round thrills and spills, as well as family adventures, big nights out, music festivals and more.
Things to do in Fort William
It’s no overstatement to say Fort William is one of the best outdoor centres in the UK spanning climbing, hiking, mountain biking, skiing, white-water rafting, canyoning, music festivals, stunning waterfall walks as well as more sedate hiking and biking trails that make the most of the stunning scenery.
The main street in Fort William, home to bars, pubs, restaurants, cafés and museums, the High Street is also your best bet for shopping. With over 150 businesses, the street is where you’ll find a diverse range of shops and stores, including Nevisport for all your outdoor activities, The Scottish Craft & Whisky Centre and The Granite House, a popular gift shop that’s been selling novelty toys and trinkets since 1977.
If you want to arrive at Fort William truly rested – and in some style – then book your berth on the Caledonian Sleeper, one of only two sleeper services in the UK. Trains run overnight from Sunday to Friday, meaning you leave Fort William or London in the evening and arrive at your destination the next morning.
The nearest international airport is Inverness Airport. The 70-mile journey takes around two hours by car or around three hours by bus, including one stop in Inverness. You can always book a room at our Inverness East hotel, which is just eight miles from the airport, allowing you to enjoy a good night’s rest before or after your journey.
Opened in 1984, the two platform Fort William Train Station is a two-minute stroll from our Fort William hotel and runs regular trains to Glasgow, Edinburgh and Mallaig. Located next to the train station, the Fort William Bus Station offers City Link and Stagecoach services across Scotland, including Oban, Inverness and the Isle of Skye.