Fort William, Scotland

Introduction to Fort William, Scotland

Known as the ‘Outdoor Capital of the UK’, beautiful Fort William is one of Scotland’s most popular destinations and is the second largest settlement in the breathtaking Scottish Highlands.

Known as the ‘Outdoor Capital of the UK’, beautiful Fort William is one of Scotland’s most popular destinations and is the second largest settlement in the breathtaking Scottish Highlands. Situated on the shore of Loch Linnhe, close to Glen Nevis - home of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain – the stunning surroundings attract visitors from around the globe, who visit the town to take advantage of the fantastic skiing and snowboarding on the snowy slopes and ride mountain bikes along the craggy, rocky landscape.

Within the town there is plenty to reward visitors too, including beautiful centuries-old churches, the historic Old Fort – which was first built by Cromwell in 1654 - traditional pubs and fine restaurants that serve locally-sourced seafood and other delicious local delights. In nearby Corpach, you can visit the ‘Treasures of the Earth’ museum to see one of Europe’s finest collections of crystals, gemstones and fossils, and admire Neptune’s historic locks on the beautiful Caledonian Canal.

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Fort William, Scotland

FORT WILLIAM HIGHLIGHTS & DRAM

  • Discover the main sights of Fort William
  • Explore the ruins of Inverlochy Castle
  • Visit the Ben Nevis Distillery and enjoy a wee dram of whisky!
Activity Tour Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£40.00-£50.00
DurationApproximately 3.5 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Uncover the highlights of Fort William, one of the major resorts of the Highlands, and enjoy a visit to the ruins of the historic Inverlochy Castle before enjoying a sample of Scottish whisky.

Your tour begins with a brief overview of Fort William, before you visit the nearby village of Banavie, where the 96 kilometre (60 mile) long Caledonian Canal begins and ends its route across the entire country. Constructed in the early 19th century by Scottish engineer Thomas Telford, the Caledonian Canal connects the Scottish east coast at Inverness with the west coast at nearby Corpach. Upon arrival at Banavie, stroll to the canal’s Neptune Staircase, the longest staircase lock in the United Kingdom.

Continue to the remains of the 13th century Inverlochy Castle. Although it is now a ruin, it was once one of the most important castles in Scottish history, and played its part during the Civil Wars of the 1640s. The castle provided the backdrop for both the first and second battles of Inverlochy.

No visit to Scotland would be complete without a visit to a local whisky distillery! Ben Nevis Distillery, located at the foot of the famous mountain, has been operating since 1825, and you can enjoy a tour here before sampling a taste of Scotland’s national drink. 

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2017 CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, some of which will be over uneven ground, and some steps to negotiate. Unfortunately it is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Please note that children under the age of eight are not permitted in the production areas of the distillery. Guests must be over the age of 18 to sample the whisky. The tour may operate in reverse order.


Steam train in Glenfinnan, Scotland

GLENFINNAN BY SCENIC STEAM TRAIN

  • Experience an unforgettable journey on the Jacobite steam train
  • Travel across the magnificent Glenfinnan Viaduct
  • Marvel at the spectacular scenery that surrounds you
  • Learn more about Scottish history with a visit to Glenfinnan 
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Activity Tour Train Tour
Price£80.00-£90.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
LimitationPRE-BOOKING ESSENTIAL
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included

On this tour, enjoy an awe-inspiring journey aboard the Jacobite steam train, and travel a stretch of what is considered one of the greatest railway journeys in the world.

Travel to Fort William station, where you will board the Jacobite steam train before setting off on your adventure. During your magnificent journey, admire remarkable views of Ben Nevis and the Highlands from your original 1960s carriage, hauled by a Black 5 steam locomotive. The train was used in the creation of Harry Potter’s Hogwarts Express, and sections of the route were used in the filming of the iconic film franchise.

After crossing the splendid Glenfinnan Viaduct, with its 21 arches, the train pauses for a brief time in the village of Glenfinnan, where you can disembark to explore the charming station and get a close-up look at the locomotive before strolling down to view the Glenfinnan Monument, a tribute to the Jacobite clansmen.

On 19th August 1745, Prince Charles Edward Stuart, or Bonnie Prince Charlie as he is more commonly known, came ashore here, on the banks of Loch Shiel in a small rowing boat. He came to meet his army of supporters and stake the claim of his father, James Francis Edward Stuart (the Old Pretender) to the throne of Great Britain and Ireland. Charles arrived at Glenfinnan with just 50 supporters, and found no one waiting for him, however the Highlanders then appeared, and after two days there were 1,500 men. Satisfied he had enough support to mount his rebellion, Charles climbed the hill, behind where the Visitor Centre now stands, and raised his father’s standard – the final Jacobite Rising was born. It would all come to a bitter and bloody end the following year on 16th April 1746 at the battlefield of Culloden. Today stands this poignant monument to the Jacobite Rising, erected in 1815. The lone kilted highlander atop this 18 metre (59 feet) high column surveys the land, where the Highland way of life was soon to be cruelly extinguished.

Take time to explore the Visitor Centre, which tells the full story of this fateful event. Admire the views and be prepared to be moved by this turbulent chapter in Scotland’s history. View the most recent exhibition, which tells the story of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the final Jacobite Rising.

Following your visit here, you return to Fort William by coach.

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TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2017 CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, some of which will be over sloping ground, and there will be a few steps to negotiate. For reference, the steam train ride will last approximately 45 minutes. This tour may operate in reverse order, depending on train schedules. Participants must be able to board the train unaided. This tour has limited capacity, and will be sold on a first come, first served basis and we have very limited number of tickets available. 

 

 


Ben Nevis, Fort William, Scotland

HIGH IN THE NEVIS RANGE

  • Enjoy a scenic ride aboard the Nevis Range mountain gondola
  • Admire awe-inspiring views of the Scottish Highlands
  • Marvel at the highest mountain in Great Britain – Ben Nevis
Activity Tour
Price£30.00-£40.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included

Experience a gondola ride up to the slopes of Aonach Mor before embarking on a guided walk on the gentle mountain trails.

Leaving the pier, a short drive will take you to the Nevis Range, where you will board a gondola and enjoy a journey up Aonach Mor, Britain’s eighth highest mountain. The Nevis Range mountain gondola system, the only one of its kind in Britain, was originally constructed on the mountain of Aonach Mor, just 11 kilometres (seven miles) north of Fort William, as a way to transport skiers up to the slopes. The gondola has become a visitor attraction in its own right, allowing people to enjoy the scenic ride whilst marvelling at the stunning views and inhaling the clear mountain air!

The gondola will transport you effortlessly from around 90 metres (300 feet) up to 655 metres (2,150 feet) on the north face of Aonach Mor, and the journey takes between 12 and 15 minutes. During the ride, relax and admire stunning views of the Scottish Highlands, the Great Glen and Ben Nevis. On a clear day it may even be possible to spot the Inner Hebrides! Upon arrival at the top, embark on an optional walk along the mountain trails with your guide, and admire the scenery of this dramatic landscape. Alternatively you can enjoy time at leisure to simply soak up your breathtaking surroundings, keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife, or enjoy refreshments in the mountain restaurant (at your own expense).

Following your time here, you re-board your gondola for the descent, before joining your coach for the return journey back to the pier. 

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2017 CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

 

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a minimal amount of compulsory walking, over gravel pathways and gentle slopes. There will be an optional walk of approximately 45 minutes, however guests who do not wish to take part can instead enjoy time at leisure. Refreshments are not included in the cost of this tour. Sightings of wildlife cannot be guaranteed. In the event of adverse weather condition, the gondola may not operate. 


Common Seal, Scotland

LOCH LINNHE WILDLIFE CRUISE

  • Embark on a scenic cruise on beautiful Loch Linnhe
  • Keep your eyes peeled for some of the wildlife which call this area home
Activity Tour Boat Tour
Price£15.00 - £18.00
DurationApproximately 2 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

On this tour, enjoy an approximate one and a half hour cruise on Loch Linnhe, the sea loch on which Fort William is located.

During your journey, your experienced skipper will tell you all about the marine life you will hopefully see today, including the resident family of porpoise, salmon and seals. The action is not all in the water however – if you keep your eyes peeled, you may be lucky enough to spot golden eagles overhead! You can also admire spectacular views of the imposing Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. 

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2016 CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a limited amount of compulsory walking. Please note that the presence of any wildlife cannot be guaranteed, and no refund will be given in the event of no sightings. All guests must be able to board the boat, which is covered, unaided. This tour will not operate in stormy weather. Please npte that this tour can be booked locally, however, we cannot gaurentee availability. Please note that our price does include a small booking fee. This tour has limited capacity, and will be sold on a first come, first served basis and we have a very limited number of tickets available.

 


Road in Fort William, Scotland

MAJESTIC GLENCOE & HIGHLAND PANORAMAS

  • Marvel at the stunning panoramas of the Scottish Highlands
  • Admire the country’s most famous glen – Glencoe
  • Have your camera at hand to capture the dramatic scenery
Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£30.00-£40.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Uncover Scotland’s iconic scenery as you admire magnificent Glencoe and the Highlands from the comfort of your coach, before learning more about this world-renowned region with a visit to the Glencoe Visitor Centre.

Leaving the pier, travel south along the shores of Loch Linnhe to the scenic majesty of Glencoe. The glen provides some of Scotland’s most dramatic scenery and is a paradise for walkers, climbers and skiers. The glen is famous for being the location of the 1692 massacre, and more recently was used as a filming location for blockbuster films Skyfall and Harry Potter. Enjoy a visit to the award-winning Glencoe Visitor Centre, where you can learn more about the history, geology and nature of this iconic region.

Continue your journey through the glen, pausing to capture photos of the famous Three Sisters mountain peaks, before travelling over Rannoch Moor, one of the last remaining wildernesses in Europe.

Your scenic drive proceeds via the Pass of Brander, and you can marvel at the stunning scenery of the Scottish Highlands, boasting mountains, sea lochs, castles and islands, before returning up the west coast to Fort William and your awaiting ship.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2017 CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This is primarily a scenic driving tour, involving a minimal amount of compulsory walking during the photo stops. There will be approximately 30 minutes of optional walking at the Glencoe Visitor Centre. All participants must be able to board the coach unaided. This tour is not ideal for those guests suffering from motion sickness. The roads can be quite twisty turny. 


Oban Harbour, Fort Williams

SCENIC HIGHLANDS & OBAN DISTILLERY

  • Admire the beauty of the magnificent Scottish Highlands
  • Learn more about Scotland’s national drink with a visit to Oban Distillery
Activity Tour
Price£60.00-£70.00
DurationApproximately 7 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Marvel at the spectacular Scottish Highlands as you travel to the charming town of Oban and learn more about the whisky making process.

Leaving the pier, travel south along the shores of Loch Linnhe and through the impressive scenery of the Scottish Highlands. En route to Oban, pass the dramatically-situated Castle Stalker, which was used in the filming of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and admire views over to the islands of Lismore and Mull.

Oban is known as the Gateway to the Islands, as the bustling port is a hub for ferries operating to the islands off the west coast – from the short hop to Kerrera in the bay, to the five hour crossing to Barra in the Outer Hebrides. Upon arrival in the town, you will visit the centrally located Oban Distillery for a guided tour. Oban is renowned for its 14 year old Classic Malt, and during your visit here you can learn more about the stages of production of Scotland’s national drink - whisky. No distillery tour would be complete without the opportunity to taste the final product!

Following your tour of the distillery, enjoy lunch at leisure (at your own expense) in one of the town’s many eateries, and savour time at leisure to soak up the atmosphere of this busy tourist town. You may choose to browse the shops; walk up to the imposing McCaig’s Tower, which was commissioned by a local banker and philanthropist to provide winter work for the local stonemasons; visit the Oban Chocolate Company or the popular War and Peace Museum; or simply stroll along the seafront to the ruined castle.

At the end of your time at leisure, you re-board your tour coach for the return drive to Fort William.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2017 CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

 

 

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves walking of up to approximately one hour at the distillery, which is not wheelchair accessible, and around 20 steps to negotiate. There will be approximately one and a half hours of time at leisure, where walking is at the discretion of the individual. Meals or refreshments are not included in the cost of this tour – these will be at your own expense during your time in Oban. Please note that children under the age of eight are not permitted in the production areas of the distillery. Guests must be over the age of 18 to sample the whisky. 

 

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Moderate walking, free time, shopping opportunity, toilets 

 


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