What to see near Fort William


On this page you will find brief details of some of the local attractions you can visit and things you can do within easy reach of Torlundy and Fort William.

Here are some of the local attractions, also check our “Links” section to other businesses that can help you:

  • Lochaber – part of the Western Highlands, Fort William sits at it’s centre offering the best position to base yourself for a fantastic holiday. To do it justice you need several days, so we have a discount scheme for you. Read on to see some of the many things you can do, places you can go to see and sports you can pursue. There is something for all ages and abilities.
  • Glenfinnan – Monument to Bonnie Prince Charlie – situated at the head of Loch Sheil, you will find a view point and visitor centre. Also see the Glenfinnan viaduct, and catch the “Harry Potter” train crossing it.
  • The Jacobite Steam Train – known the world over the West Highland Line has recently been voted one of the best rail journeys in the world. It is also known for it’s use in the Harry Potter movies. Take the trip from Fort William to Mallaig, you get a couple of hours in Mallaig for a walk and snack before returning.  Pre-booking of the Jacobite is usually necessary due to the popularity. You can also do the same trip on the normal “sprinter train”, but without the nostalgia.
  • Glen Nevis – take a drive up the glen and then walk up Nevis Gorge to the Steall Falls.
  • Ben Nevis Distillery visit website a tour of the distillery and a dram at the end will introduce you to the local whisky.
  • Nevis Range visit website take the gondola up the mountain and sample the views over a snack in the mountain cafe.
  • Neptunes Staircase a series of locks on the Caledonian Canal where boats of all sizes leave the sea and enter the canal to sail up to Inverness.
  • Fort William Museum visit website  learn the history of Highland Life.
  • Treasures of the Earth visit website for those interested in the geology of the area, see local rocks and geodes. Our area now sits in the recently designated Lochaber Geopark and is a haven for geologists.
  • Seal Island Cruise visit website sail down Loch Linnhe on the “Souters Lass” to see the local seal colony.
  • Loch Sheil Cruises visit website  on the loch at Glenfinnan, they specialise is relaxing cruises down the loch to Acharacle and back and also wild life spotting cruises.
  • Glencoe visit website with its scenery and superb National Trust for Scotland visitor centre you will learn about the infamous Glencoe Massacre.
  • Walking – easy or difficult walks, hikes too numerous to list here are available in Lochaber, from going up Ben Nevis to a gentle lochside walk. There are plenty of Munros round here to “bag” as well.
  • Mountain bike riding – the UCI World stages and championships are held here, the area being renowned for its diverse cross country tracks and also downhill tracks to take you down Aonach Mor in minutes, and don’t worry you don’t have to cycle up, the gondolas have bike carriers on them. More information from the Nevis Range website.
  • Fishing – sea and fresh water (trout and salmon). Here in Torlundy there is a trout fishery and another a few more miles down the road. In season mackerel are to be caught in Loch Linnhe near Fort William. The River Lochy is a fine salmon river.
  • Horse riding – we have it here at Torlundy and another place near Oban
  • Climbing for the less able – take the enclosed Gondola up Aonach Mor, enjoy short walks to view points and refreshments in the Mountain Cafe along with spectacular views.
  • Climbing for the experienced from rock to ice climbing. There are plenty of guides and instructors for those who need their assistance.
  • Wildlife watching – eagles, ospreys, raptors, pine martens, otters, seals. Go out and find it yourself or take an organised tour/safari. More details at “Wildlife Holidays”.
  • Adventure activities – quad bikes, 4×4 driving, kayaking, canoeing, canyoning, a long list of activities available for those seeking something different.
  • Winter Sports – skiing, snow boarding, ski bikes and tobogganing are available at the Nevis Range which has slopes to cater for all skill levels.

Fort William and the surrounding area is officially designated “The Outdoor Capital of the UK” with good reason, it is the Outdoor Capital of the UK!