Guide to Fort William
Guide to Fort William
Fort William – Scotland’s adventure capital
Fort William is a small community located in the Scottish Highlands at the foot of Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain. It also happens to be a fantastic camping holiday destination. If you’re hiring one of our campervans this summer, here’s our guide to Fort William and the surrouding area.
Fort William is considered as the UK capital of outdoor sports and activities. If you’re looking for an action packed holiday this summer, there is nowhere else in the country quite like it. Whether you like the idea of biking down some spectacular mountain trails, hitting the waters of Loch Lomond with your kayak, white water rafting or even scaling the side of Ben Nevis.
Outdoor activities are often associated with thrill-seeking sports, but that’s not all Fort William has to offer. You could also spend an afteroon fly fishing or going for a gentle stroll across the natural landscape; there really is something for everyone.
Although you can cook up a storm in your camper, you might want to spend a couple of evenings in one of the local bars and restaurants. The tourism in the area means that there are plenty of places to visit with a wide range of foods.
One of our top recommendations would be Cobbs Bar, which you can find in the High Street, but also Crannog Seafood Restaurant on the town pier. There are plenty of other eateries in the villages around Fort William, from up and coming fine dining restaurants to budget and family friendly diners.
What’s on summer 2013
There’s always plenty to see and do in Fort William and this year’s summer programme is much the same. The last weekend in June is the Fat Tyre Event, a mountain biking extravaganza held in Leannachan Forest; moving into July and you’ll find the Glen Nevis River Race, a fundraiser for race down the River Nevis and at the very end of the month is the Arisaig Highland Games.
Where to stay
If you decide to hire a campervan to tour Fort William, you don’t necessarily need to prearrange accommodation as in many cases, you can find somewhere to park up for the night. However, if you do prefer the structure of a campsite, there are a few to choose from, including:
- Lochy Holiday Park
- Glen Nevis Holidays
- Linnhe Lochside Holidays
- Invercoe Highland Holidays
- Gairlochy Holiday Park
Make sure you contact the campsites in advance as they can get very busy in the high season and may close for the low season.