Why do we like Fort William?
Well, the answer is simple. Fort William really is the outdoor capital of the UK. Located right in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, Fort William is ideally located to take advantage of the stunning mountsins, glens and lochs Scotland has to offer.
In summer, Fort William is awash with adventure opportunities in a whole range of activities. Ben Nevis, Britains highest mountain is a mere stones throw from Fort William. Scotland’s most famous long-distance trail, the West Highland Way starts (or finishes!) its 95 mile journey to Glasgow in Fort William, offering stunning walking and hiking challenges, as well as some fantastic mountain bike trails. Mountain bikers can take advantage of Scotland’s amazing access laws, with a diverse range of trails in the area. From man-made, world cup standard XC and DH trails at the Nevis range, to mind-boggingly technical single track descents. Of course, there are also many other more mellow options for the more relaxed cyclist!
Watersport enthusiasts can take advantage of excellent white water and beautiful lochs, which can be enjoyed in canoes, kayaks and rafts, while sailors can take full advantage of the sea which is close by.
The Scottish winter can be harsh, but don’t let this stop you from experiencing some true adventures close to Fort Wiliam. Ben Nevis and the surrounding mountains offer fabulous winter mountaineering challenges, and even some incredible ice climbing options, conditions permitting! The Nevis Range is one of the best ski and snowboard locations in Scotland, with its gondola transporting you to over 2000ft.

Why do we like Fort William?Well, the answer is simple. Fort William really is the outdoor capital of the UK.

Located right in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, Fort William is ideally located to take advantage of the stunning mountains, glens and lochs Scotland has to offer.

In summer, Fort William is awash with adventure opportunities in a whole range of activities. Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain is a mere stones throw from Fort William. Scotland’s most famous long-distance trail, the West Highland Way starts (or finishes!) its 95 mile journey to Glasgow in Fort William, offering stunning walking and hiking challenges, as well as some fantastic mountain bike trails. Mountain bikers can take advantage of Scotland’s amazing access laws, with a diverse range of trails in the area. From man-made, world cup standard XC and DH trails at the Nevis Range, to mind-boggingly technical single track descents. Of course, there are also many other more mellow options for the more relaxed cyclist!

Watersport enthusiasts can take advantage of excellent white water and beautiful lochs, which can be enjoyed in canoes, kayaks and rafts, while sailors can take full advantage of the sea which is close by.

The Scottish winter can beharsh, but don’t let this stop you from experiencing some true adventures close to Fort Wiliam. Ben Nevis and the surrounding mountains offer fabulous winter mountaineering challenges, and even some incredible ice climbing options, conditions permitting! The Nevis Range is one of the best ski and snowboard locations in Scotland, with its gondola transporting you to over 2000ft.

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