There are lots of things to do in Fort William & the surrounding area

As the outdoor capital of the UK and the largest town in the Scottish Highlands, there are plenty of things to do in Fort William. If you fancy going further afield the surrounding area also has a lot to offer. You might even recognise some of the beauty spots from your favourite films such as Braveheart, Rob Roy, Highlander, and of course – Harry Potter!  Whether you’re the outdoorsy type itching to hit the slopes or you’d rather take it easy and sample some of Scotland’s finest whiskies, The Ben Nevis Hotel is the ideal base for exploring Fort William and the surrounding area.

Why not try one of our suggestions for a great day out on the West Coast of Scotland?


Here are our top things to do in Fort William:

Photo of Glencoe

As Scotland’s most famous glen, Glencoe doesn’t fail to express with its spectacular scenery, history and wildlife.

things to do in fort william nevis range

Nevis Range

The Nevis Range is home to the UK’s only mountain gondola and a wide range of outdoor activities such as snow sports, mountain biking and much more.

Thing to do in fort william - treasures of the earth

Treasures of The Earth

Treasures of The Earth is home to one of Europe’s finest collections of crystals, gemstones and fossils – 500 million years in the making.

Crannog - Fort William

Crannog Cruises

All aboard!  Enjoy a cruise down the glistening waters of Loch Linnhe and take in the breathtaking scenery of Lochaber with Crannog Cruises.

West highland Museum in Fort William West Highland Museum

World famous for its Jacobite and Bonnie Prince Charlie exhibits, the West Highland Museum is well worth a visit.

Things to Do in Fort William - Neptune's Staircase

Neptune’s Staircase

Set in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Neptune’s Staircase is a spectacular flight of eight locks on the Caledonian Canal.

Ben Nevis Distillery in Fort William

Ben Nevis Distillery

Nestled at the foot of UK’s highest mountain, the Ben Nevis Distillery is one of the oldest licensed distilleries in Scotland.

Ben Nevis Distillery in Fort William

Jacobite Steam Railway

For a truly magical day out hop aboard the Hogwarts Express or what us muggles call the Jacobite Steam Train.

Old Inverlochy Castle in Fort William
Old Inverlochy Castle

Wander around the ruins of Inverlochy Castle which dates back to the 13th century and played an important part in Scottish history.

12 Day Outlander Itinerary - Fort William

12 Day Outlander Itinerary

Follow the footsteps of Outlander’s Jamie and Claire with this 12 day epic adventure exploring the incredible locations that inspired the TV series


Go a hike

From shorter strolls to larger hiking adventures, there’s sure to be a walk which is for you around Fort William & Glenco.