Fort William Cruises
Known as the ‘Outdoor Capital of the UK’, Fort William is one of the most popular destinations in the breath-taking Scottish Highlands. Situated on the shore of Loch Linnhe, the town is the gateway to Ben Nevis – Britain’s highest mountain, and Glen Nevis, home to Steall Falls.
The stunning surroundings attract visitors from around the globe and many visit the town to take advantage of the fantastic skiing, snowboarding and mountain bike riding. The glen has proved popular with movie makers, with Braveheart, Rob Roy and Harry Potter movies filmed there.
The town itself has plenty to reward visitors too, including beautiful centuries-old churches, the historic Old Fort – first built by Cromwell in 1654 – traditional pubs and fine restaurants that serve locally-sourced seafood. In nearby Corpach, the Treasures of the Earth Museum offers one of Europe’s finest collections of crystals, gemstones and fossils. The historic Neptune's Staircase is a lock system comprising eight locks on the delightful Caledonian Canal, and a popular attraction.
One of Scotland’s most iconic landmarks, the Glenfinnan Viaduct is located along the West Highland railway line, which runs from Fort William to Mallaig. This railway is renowned for its Jacobite steam engine journey, considered one of the greatest railway journeys in the world. The viaduct itself, which features 21 arches, is the longest concrete railway bridge in Scotland, stretching for 380 metres (1,246 feet). Boasting views over Loch Shiel and the Glenfinnan Monument, the viaduct came to the world’s attention when it was featured in the Harry Potter films along with the steam train, which became the Hogwart’s Express.