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Prior to travelling to Lochaber Highland and paying the community of Fort William a visit, one should make an effort to become more acquainted with the neighbourhood in which they would be spending time. As a result of this, you will be in a position to make efficient use of your time and prevent any of it from going to waste. Within the Lochaber Highland Council District in the Scottish Highlands is where you'll find the quaint little town of Fort William. If you keep everything in mind while you are away on vacation, you will considerably enhance the likelihood that your trip will be rewarding for you in a variety of ways. This is because you will be more prepared for whatever may come your way.
If you start your inquiry here, it will be much simpler for you to investigate the various options that will be available to you while you are here. If you start your investigation here, it will be much simpler for you to investigate other opportunities. It is not in the least bit difficult to locate a number of alternatives from which to make a decision. Getting a good first impression of Fort William and learning more about the community can be accomplished in a number of ways, one of the most effective of which is by perusing the websites of the various tourist destinations located there.
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  • Fort William Geolocation Latitude 56.819817 Longitude -5.105218
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Visitors to Fort William will find a great base for their vacation with the town and surrounding area offering a variety of accommodation, if you enjoy the great outdoors with all it's activities then Fort William is a great choice from skiing to white water rafting it is all available to make your holiday.

Fort William, The original fort was built in 1645 by General George a Monck, acting for Oliver Cromwell. About 40 years later it was strengthened and the structure and re-named Fort William after King William III, replacing the settlement's brief name of Mary burgh, after his Queen. It then formed part of a chain of Highland fortifications, with Fort Augustus on Lochness-side and Fort George , near Inverness, as visible deterrents to the clans who supported the Jacobite cause.

Fort William has a great selection off B&B accommodation in varied types of properties for you to choose from.

The fort was demolished to make way for the West Highland Railway, which appeared in 1884, to connect the town to Glasgow.

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Only the archway and parts of the old walls now remain. A little to the north of the town, off the A82, are the remnants of the I3th-century Inverlochy Castle which saw much action from the Wars of Scottish Independence of that period to the Covenanting Wars in the 17th century.

Today Fort William is both a holiday centre and an industrial town, although the latter aspect has a low enough profile. The main industries are aluminium and whisky distilling.

The distillery was founded and built in 1829 by a John MacDonald who was later to become known as 'Long John'.

Fort William is squeezed between the shores of Loch Linnhe and the steep slopes of Cow Hill, so that at first sight it seems that it has only one long street. In fact the burgh sprawls where it can, which adds an element of character and interest.

Dominated by the loch on one side, and Ben Nevis on the other, it exudes a character that is truly the West Highlands offering both summer and winter sport with activities to keep you as busy as you want to be.

Fort William lies on the shore of Loch Linnhe in the shadow of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis. As the main town of the Lochaber District, Fort William is ideally situated at the converging point of various routes. The town developed around a succession of strategically sited strongholds and forts at the southern end of the Great Glen. In summer the town is crowded with holidaymakers as Fort William makes an ideal touring centre from which to discover the beauty of the surrounding countryside. 
Highlights of the tourist calendar are the Ben Nevis Race and the Glen Nevis River Race.

Ben Nevis Latitude 56.79627° N Longitude -5.003489° E This snow capped granite mass is at 4406ft - 1344m Britain's highest mountain but not a shapely one. The Ben is extremely popular with climbers and walkers. Prospective climbers should be suitably clad (boots or strong shoes and waterproofs) and equipped (whistle, map and food). 
The summit with its war memorial was once the site of an hotel and an observatory (1883·1904). Legend has it that if the snow ever leaves the summit the ownership of Ben Nevis will revert to the Crown, there is a small but fascinating exhibit touching on all aspects of the mountain: the hill race and records, the water tunnel, ascent by car, tourist path and climbing information. This makes an ideal introduction for those intending to make the ascent of Ben Nevis. Four miles to the southeast.

Start of the footpath: from the road along the north side of the River Nevis or from beside the golf course. Access by tourists' footpath: 4/5 hour ascent and 3 hour descent by a well marked path. This scenic route, often very busy, passes through country rich in historical associations, to the town of Mallaig, one of the ferry ports for Skye and other Inner Harridan isles. Leave Fort William by the Inverness road, the A 82 passing on the way the ruins of Inverlochy Castle (closed, unsafe). Turn left to Mallaig taking the A 830 crossing the canal. Neptune's Staircase.

Banavie  this flight of eight locks was designed by Telford as part of the Caledonian Canal to raise the water level 64ft in 500yds. From Corpach, with its paper mill (pulping operations ceased in 1980), there are magnificent views, backwards to Ben Nevis. The road then follows the northern shore of Loch Eil, the continuation of Loch Linnhe.

Glenfinnan in this glorious setting at the head of Loch Shiel stands the 1815 monument to commemorate those who died while following Prince Charles Edward Stuart in the 1745 rising. Here, five days after landing at nearby Loch nan Uamh the standard was raised before a 1300 strong army of Highlanders. The Year of the Prince ended fourteen months later when he left for France from near the same spot. Start with the visitor centre where the exhibition and recorded commentary introduce the principal figures and events of the period. From the top of the tower there is a splendid view of Loch Shiel penetrating deeply into Moidart and framed by mountains, and northwards over the many spanned railway viaduct. 
The Glenfinnan Gathering and Highland Games held annually on the Saturday in August nearest to the anniversary, is an occasion for the clansmen to meet again. Beyond Glenfinnan the road and railway part company to go one either side of landlocked Loch Eilt. 
After the Lochailort turn off, the road passes the head of the sea loch, Loch Ailort, before rising to cross the neck of the Ardnish peninsula. The road rejoins Loch nan Uamh, providing a seaward view of the Sound of Arisaig. 
Down on the foreshore of the north side a cairn marks the spot where Prince Charles Edward Stuart came ashore on 19 July 1745 with his faithful companions, the Seven of Moidart. The road then follows Beasdale valley, crosses to Borrodale valley then over the neck of Arisaig Peninsula. 
The main loch side road the A82 between Fort William and Inverness is a very busy one and delays at the swing bridges can cause nose to tail driving. 
A slower road on the east side of the glen follows Wade's 18C military road, the journey takes about 1.5 hours,
Leave Fort William by the A82 at Spean Bridge a Small village at the junction of Glen Spean leading to Aviemore and the Spey Valley. Follow the A82 to the Commando Memorial. 
The monument, to the left of the road, is a memorial to all Commandos who lost their lives in World War 2. The site marks their training ground, On a clear day Ben Nevis can be seen away to the left.

Loch Lochy at just under 10 miles long the loch narrows towards its head. The hill slopes of the loch sides are blanketed with forests. Laggan Locks. - Take the chance to go off the road and watch the many boats negotiate the locks between Loch Lochy (93ft) and Loch Oich (106ft). 
The road crosses to the west side.

 

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Glencoe Ski Area visitor information guide

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Glencoe and Dalness covers 5,680 hectares (over 14000 acres) of mostly mountain land, with free open access for all.

It is world-famous for its scenery and its history tucked away from view, just off the A82 just before Rannoch Moor, the first chairlift opened here in 1961.
It has Scotland's longest vertical descent and has 19 runs in total with seven lifts at this resort, and better-than-average snow make it a favourite with some.
Varied terrain appeals to boarders looking for something different, it also boasts the steepest marked run in Scotland, the Fly Paper, well worth an afternoon or a day trip located at White Corries just past the turning to Glen Etive.

 It extends over 200 hectares and operates on the Meall A'Bhuiridh Massif, amidst some of the most stunning scenery in Scotland.  The ski centre at Aonach Mhor, along side Ben Nevis, operates a mountain gondola lift throughout the year, here you can enjoy a walk on the mountain or relax in the Snowgoose restaurant or bar some 2000ft  above sea level. 

On the steep slopes beneath the gondola lift, the World Downhill Mountain Biking Championships take place in May each year, this prestigious event attracts thousands of enthusiasts to the area. The film version of Kidnapped was made in this area and the West Highlands have featured in many other films over the years from Alfred Hitchcock's adaptation of John Buchan's novel "The 39 Steps was made in 1935, to the Harry Potter adventure The Half Blood Prince.

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This splendid glen with its stark and grandiose mountain scenery lies on the principal tourist route from Glasgow to the north. Although the glen may be visited in either direction the most dramatic way is to come from the Rannoch Moor end, this endless expanse of desolate moorland lies at a mean height of 1000ft-305m.

Glencoe from the isolation of Rannoch Moor is awe inspiring in the sunshine, but the glen is all the more dramatically memorable in menacing weather, in glacial times it was from an ice sheet centred here that the glaciers flowed westwards gouging the great U-shaped valleys of Glens Coe and Etive.


Meall a Bhuiridh.
3 636ft-l 108m. To tne south of the A 82 and Kingshouse rises the Hill of the Roaring Stags, noted for its ski runs on the slopes of the White Carries, although mainly a weekend ski centre the snow cover is usually good.

Glen Etive is a 10 mile long glacial valley pushes southwards to the even longer sea loch of the same name, which reaches the open sea north of Oban.

Buachaille Etive Mor 3345 ft On the left rises the conically shaped Big Herdsman of Etive guarding the entrance to the glen, offering great challenges to the rock climbers.

Away to the right: is the zig-zag of the Devils Staircase, a series of hairpin bends on the old military read leading over to Kinlochleven.
To the right a flat topped rock, the Study, is said to pinpoint the head of Glen Coe. From this point there are good views of the Three Sisters on the left, these are outliers of the great nine peaked Bidean nam Bian (Peak of the Bens) with a highest point of 3766 ft. The Sisters lie from east to west Beinn Fhada (The Long Mountain.Gearr, Aonach (The Short Ridge) and Aonach Dubh (The Black Ridge). Between the first two. although not visible from the glen, there is Coire Gabhail (Hidden Valley) where the MacDonalds hid plundered cattle.

The road enters the Pass of Glencoe passing the waterfall, and descends slowly towards the valley floor between great rock walls on either side rising to over 3000ft.

Aonach Eagach. - On the right is the great unbroken flank of this serrated ridge (The Notched Heights) which continues for three miles offering the Challenge of its ridge walk.

Loch Achtriochtan lies on the flat valley floor. Glen Coe visitors centre provides a good introduction, historical and geological, to the glen area, guided walks are available and a ranger will help with advice on hill walking and climbing in the vicinity.

On the right is Signal Rock in the clan days was used to warn all in case of danger, on the shore of Loch Leven is the village housing a small museum, the glassware engraved with the white rose of the jacobites and examples of Lochaber axes some were still in use in 1745.

The Massacre of Glencoe

In the Highlands loyalties ran deep to the Stuart cause and when James VII's short reign (1685-8) ended in flight the clans were reluctant to renounce the cause. After the Convention had offered the Scottish crown to William and Mary (March 1689), John Graham of Claverhouse rallied the Highlanders. Despite victory at Killiecrankie (27 July 1689 ; p 174) where they lost their leader, Dundee, all ended a month later in defeat at Dunkeld. William proposed a pardon to all clans willing to take an oath of allegiance by 1 January 1692.
Maclain chief of the MacDonalds of Glencoe arrived in Fort William belatedly but, within the deadline, only to be sent to Inveraray where he finally took the oath on the 6 January.
At the beginning of February a force of 120 men, under Campbell of Glenlyon, was billeted on the MacDonalds and for twelve days all cohabited peacefully.
Treachery struck on the 13th with the slaughter of their hosts and the burning of their homes. Forty MacDonalds including Maclain were killed and many more subsequently perished of exposure. An official enquiry confirmed that although the king had given orders, his Scottish Minister, the Master of Stair, undoubtedly exceeded them. Murder was common but "Murder under Trust" was a heinous crime.

Huntly Attractions Top Things To Do

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Before coming to Huntly, which is found in Aberdeenshire Highland's area, one should make an effort to study more about the location they would be visiting and gain a better understanding of the area. They will be able to have a more enjoyable time as a result of this when they visit the location. Because of this, you will be able to make efficient use of your time and prevent any of it from being thrown away in the process. The hamlet of Huntly may be found in the Aberdeenshire Council District in the Scottish Highlands. This district is known for its breathtaking scenery. If you make sure to keep all of these things in mind while you are away on vacation, the likelihood that your trip will be beneficial to you in a variety of ways will significantly increase. This is because keeping all of these things in mind will help ensure that you don't forget anything important. Because of your efforts, you will be better prepared to meet any obstacles that come your way in the future. This is due to the fact that you will have more tools at your disposal.
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Kennethmont Attractions Top Things To Do

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One should make an effort to learn more about the region they will be visiting before going to Kennethmont, which is located in Lochaber Highland. This will allow them to have a better experience when they are there. As a consequence of this, you will be able to make effective use of your time and prevent any of it from being wasted. In the Aberdeenshire Council District of the Scottish Highlands, you'll find the picture-perfect hamlet of Kennethmont. If you make sure to keep all of these things in mind while you are away on vacation, the chances that your trip will be beneficial to you in a variety of ways will be significantly increased. This is because you will be more equipped to deal with whatever challenges may be thrown your way as a result of your efforts.
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kinlochmoidart Ardmolich Attractions Top Things To Do

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Before travelling to Lochaber Highland and visiting the village's of kinlochmoidart Ardmolich, one should make an effort to understand more about the area they would be visiting. As a result, you will be able to properly utilise your time and avoid wasting any of it. The picturesque little village of kinlochmoidart Ardmolich is located in the Scottish Highlands' Lochaber Highland Council District. If you keep everything in mind while you are on vacation, the likelihood that your trip will be rewarding in numerous ways will be considerably boosted. This is due to the fact that you will be more prepared to manage anything comes your way.
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Onich Holiday Accommodation Guide

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Ounich, which can also be written Onich, is a settlement located in the historic county of Inverness-shire. It is located on the east coast of Loch Linnhe, close to North Ballachulish, which is located near the entrance of Loch Leven. Located in the heart of a community with breath-taking views of the surrounding hills, Find a self-catering property that is attractively presented, is located on a sizable plot, and features a sizable garden that is suitable for accommodating large gatherings of family and friends.

Located to the south of Fort William and to the north of Glencoe and Ballachulish, the hamlet of Inchree can be found on the fringes of the village of Onich. This part of the country offers a wide variety of opportunities for outdoor recreation, both on the water and on land, suitable for people of all levels of experience.

The Village is in the perfect location to provide access to the ski resort that is close by as well as to Fort William. It is also surrounded by some of the most wonderful mountain scenery and forestry walks in this region, in addition to the lovely circular walk that leads to Inchree Falls. Stay local check out Onich Holiday Accommodation around the local area

The village of Onich is located in the middle of Glencoe and Fort William, and it provides a variety of amenities to its residents. Some of these amenities include a primary school, a church, hotels that cater to a range of budgets and feature restaurants and bars that serve a variety of cuisines, and a gas station.

There are bus services and a taxi rank available at the Fort William railway station, which is located on the West Highland line between Spean Bridge and Banavie and Craigendoran Junction. The station is located at the southern end of the line, close to Helensburgh. The famous Jacobite Train makes its way back to Fort William in plenty of time for passengers to transfer to a commercial train heading to either Glasgow or Edinburgh.

There is a tourist information centre, a museum, a library, a bus station, and a railway station with links to Mallaig, Glasgow, and Edinburgh as well as an overnight sleeper train to London. Additionally, there are a variety of shops, hotels, and restaurants that are priced to accommodate a range of budgets.

This area becomes a bustling tourist destination during the spring and summer months, when there is a wide variety of sights, activities, and experiences available to enjoy.

Secondary schools are located at Fort William, Strontian, and Kinlochleven, all of which can be reached by vehicle or bus. Both Fort William and Oban, which are connected to one another by ferry, are easily accessible by car or bus and have all the amenities of large towns. Ballachulish is located just a few kilometres to the south and features a golf course, a well-stocked supermarket, and a variety of restaurants and cafés that cater to a wide range of budgets, preferences, and palates. Hotels and a few castles to stay in, you can find the grandeur of a Jacobian-style accommodation offering good highland hospitality, or a caravan park ideal for a family break with the family dog, find a historic stately home or a castle to visit. You can also find a few caravan parks ideal for a family break with the family dog.

It is commonly acknowledged that Fort William, the principal district town of Lochaber, is the Outdoor Capital of the United Kingdom.

The town is a popular tourist destination throughout the entire year and offers a broad array of tourist attractions, including the locks at Corpach Basin on the Caledonian Canal, which make good walking possibilities on the Great Glen Way, as well as Ben Nevis and Glen Nevis.

Find a tranquil and quiet clearing in the woods and book a stay in a posh Scandinavian-style holiday lodge that you can cater your own meals in.

Find a cottage or holiday house in the Highlands of Scotland that is fully fitted and equipped for two people or the entire family, and that is located approximately halfway between the settlements of Ben Nevis or Fort William and the magnificent highlands of Glencoe. The West Highland Museum, the Lochaber Geopark Visitor Centre, Saint Andrew's Church, Ben Nevis Distillery, Vertical Descents Scotland, and Wise Monkeys are just a few of the many attractions and activities that are available to keep children of all ages, from the very young to the very old, entertained no matter what the weather may be. Climbing, as well as other outdoor activities such as mountain biking, strolling, skiing, and winter sports, as well as water rides, water sports, and swimming when the weather is nice. Fishing and Train rides, and then after a hard day, there are plenty of pubs and restaurants where you can find a tasty dinner and fine ales to try, or if you're in a hurry, you can grab a hearty meal at one of the numerous takeaways in the neighbourhood. Other activities include: Fishing and Train rides.

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Onich lies at the entrance of Loch Leven a sea Loch some 2.5 miles long to the west of north Ballachulish. The village is spread along the shore and roadside below steep hillsides.

Dr Alexander Stewart  a noted Gaelic scholar was minister here from 1851 to 1901 he was one of the founders of the Mod, a yearly gathering to foster Gaelic poetry and song, his monument is in the village.

Near the ferry you will find a monolith known as Clach a' Charra.

West Highland Museum Visitor Information Guide

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The West Highland Museum is Situated in the High Street in the heart of the historic town of Fort William in the Scottish Highlands, it is one of the oldest museums in the Highlands.

West Highland Museum this local museum covers a wide variety of topics. Of particular interest are those dealing with the local industries, the Caledonian Canal, Ben Nevis the former fort and Jacobite relics including 'The Secret Portrait". 

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It was founded in 1922 by a group of local enthusiasts, the museum tells the story of this mountainous region and its people the most renowned and unusual collection relates to Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite cause.

The museum has seven rooms on three floors, with an extensive collection of exhibits including the eighteenth century "secret portrait" of Bonnie Prince Charlie, and a royalty collection of Victoriana, including the regalia gifted by Queen Victoria to her favourite servant, John Brown, the museum also holds a wealth of curious and fascinating collections relating to less well-known aspects of the lives of the people of the West Highlands.

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