JACOBITE STEAM TRAIN
The Jacobite Steam Train is described as the greatest railway journey in the world. This 84 mile round trip takes you past a list of impressive extremes.
Starting near the highest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis, it visits Britain's most westerly mainland railway station, Arisaig; passes close by the deepest freshwater loch in Britain, Loch Morar and the shortest river in Britain, River Morar, finally arriving next to the deepest seawater loch in Europe, Loch Nevis!
At the head of Loch Shiel you will pass Glenfinnan Village with its impressive monument, built in 1815 to mark where “Bonnie Prince Charlie” raised his standard at the start of the 1745 “Jacobite Rising”
You can also feel like Harry Potter as you fly over the infamous Glenfinnan Viaduct used in the recent films.
The train stops at other scenic villages along the way such as Lochailort, Arisaig and Morar with its beautiful white sand beaches.
For information on the Jacobite Steam Train service between Fort William and Mallaig – the Harry Potter train – visit the website http://www.westcoastrailway.co.uk/
BEN NEVIS DISTILLERY
The Ben Nevis Distillery is one of the oldest licensed distilleries in Scotland and is home to The Legend of the Dew of Ben Nevis Visitor Centre.
Established in 1825 and situated at the foot of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, Ben Nevis distillery is an impressive and historic place.
Incorporated within Ben Nevis Distillery is The Legend of the Dew of Ben Nevis Visitor Centre, built into an old distillery warehouse.
In a specially commissioned audiovisual presentation, visitors will meet Hector McDram, a mythical giant who will reveal the secret Legend of the Dew of Ben Nevis.
More information can be found on their website at www.bennevisdistillery.com
Every year, thousands of people take the route up Ben Nevis!
The Ben is the highest mountain in the British Isles. Standing at 1,345 metres (4,411 ft) above sea level, it is at the western end of the Grampian Mountains in the Lochaber area of the Scottish Highlands, close to Fort William.
The mountain is a popular destination, attracting an estimated 100,000 ascents a year, around three-quarters of which use the Pony Track from Glen Nevis. The 700-metre (2,300 ft) cliffs of the north face are among the highest in Scotland, providing classic scrambles and rock climbs of all difficulties for climbers and mountaineers. They are also the principal locations in Scotland for ice climbing.
The summit, which is the collapsed dome of an ancient volcano, features the ruins of an observatory which was continuously staffed between 1883 and 1904.
The weather nearer the top of the Ben is very unpredictable and can change rapidly. At the very least it will be approximately 10 degrees colder than at sea level.
Always let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return. Carry a good routemap, compass and some waterproofs. Good footwear is essential.
For more information, visit http://www.nevisrange.co.uk/
Aonach Mòr Gondola
Take the Gondola on the Nevis Range - open all year (weather permitting for safety). You can enjoy coffee at the Snowgoose Restaurant whilst sitting at over 2,000ft or you can join in some of the fun activities on offer.
The Ski resort features the gondola lift and several chairlifts and ski tows. In winter these are used for skiing and snowboarding; in summer the gondola is used for lifting riders to the top of the downhill mountain biking track. It is also used by paraglider pilots to reach a variety of launching points.
The easiest route to ascend Aonach Mòr is to simply take the gondola to the top station (a height of 650 m (2,100 feet) above sea level), and walk the remaining way. More traditionally, the hill is often climbed from the south from Glen Nevis; Aonach Mòr is almost invariably climbed in conjunction with Aonach Beag.
The Nevis Range resort has hosted the Mountain Bike World Cup thirteen times (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018), and hosted the Mountain Bike World Championships in 2007
Find out more at: https://www.nevisrange.co.uk/activities/mountain-gondola/
St Anthnoys Bed and Breakfast is in the fortunate position of having elevated views over the Loch Linnhe, a Sea Loch following the line of the Great Glen Fault running 50 kilometres between Inverness on the northeast coast and the Firth of Lorne in the southwest.
Not only photographers enjoy this unique location, as the area offers many other outdoor activities like kayaking, fishing, sailing and walking.
You can also take the Corran ferry across the Loch that will give you access to Ardnamurchan point and many other lovely areas to visit.
The Corran ferry can be found on the Fort William road to Onich only about a 10 minute drive from Fort William.
Another nice place to view the Loch is the Ballachulish and Onich area where you can stop at the lovely pebble beaches and take excellent photographs.
The Ballachulish Bridge is also the opening to Loch Leven that will also please you with a wonderful 14 mile drive via Kinlochleven and back to Glencoe village/Ballachulish area.
The road to Oban that runs alongside Loch Linnhe and is also worth the drive and this will take you past Castle Stalker where the Monty Python film the Holy Grail was filmed, set on its own Island and only accessible during low tide.
Visit Loch Lochan Glencoe. Just outside Glencoe village you’ll find a beautiful Lochan, surrounded by tall woods, with a backdrop of pointed mountains.
Visit Neptune's Staircase, a staircase of eight locks (Britain’s longest) that lifts boats 64 feet from the Caledonian Canal to Loch Linnhe, an amazing engineering feat designed by Thomas Telford in 1822. The Caledonian Canal connects the Scottish east coast at Inverness with the west coast at Corpach near Fort William in Scotland.
HIKING AND SPORTS
Website giving information on the wide range of fishing available in the Fort William area – www.fortwilliamfishing.com
Local golf course 3 miles outside the town centre under Ben Nevis www.fortwilliamgolf.co.uk
The Fort William area reputedly has some of the UK's best mountain biking. Hosting the Mountain Bike World Cup every year and the World Championships in 2007, the area boasts world class forestry commission trails, as well as gentler routes for all abilities.
www.ridefortwilliam.co.uk – An excellent site showing local trails for all abilities and riding styles.
www.mtb-highland.co.uk – Another great site giving trail information for the highland region.
The Fort William area has many walks to suit all abilities including Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain.
It marks the end of the West Highland Way from Milngavie, Glasgow, and the start of the Great Glen Way to Inverness.
www.walkhighlands.co.uk – A comprehensive site showing walks of various lengths and levels of difficulty in the highland area.
www.greatglenway.com – Official site for the Way with maps and descriptions of the route.
www.west-highland-way.co.uk – Official site for the Way with maps and descriptions of the route.
Transport To and From the West Highland Way- please see-www.west-highland-way-transport.co.uk
https://www.moidart.com/walking/fort-william-walks -Walks around Fort William, Glencoe and Spean Bridge
Jacobite Steam Train
Hiking and Sports
Ben Nevis Distillery
Aonach Mòr Gondola