Fort William is a major tourist centre with Glen Coe just to the south, Aonach Mòr to the north and Glenfinnan to the west, on the Road to the Isles. It is an important centre for hillwalking and climbing due to its proximity to Ben Nevis and many other Munro mountains, marketing itself as the “Outdoor Capital of the UK”. It is also known for its nearby downhill mountain bike track and its connection to the West Highland Way from Glasgow and the Great Glen Way; a walk/cycle way from Inverness to Fort William through the Great Glen.
Fort William lies at the northeast end of Loch Linnhe, at the mouth of the River Lochy. During the summer months, Loch Linnhe is aligned with the setting sun, making it a popular location for photographers. Loch Linnhe is 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) long, and an average of 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) wide. It opens onto the Firth of Lorne at its south-western end, by Loch Leven. The branch of the loch which lies to the south-east of the island of Lismore is known as the Lynn of Lorne. Loch Eil feeds into Loch Linnhe at the latter’s northernmost point, while Loch Creran feeds into the Lynn of Lorne from the east.
Lochaber Leisure Centre
Lochaber Leisure Centre in Fort William is only twenty minutes walk from Calluna. Facilities include: swimming pool, gym, steam room, sauna cabin and squash courts. Call 01397 704359 for times and prices.
Nevis Range opened as a ski area on 19th December 1989. Since that time it has developed into one of Scotland’s most varied outdoor facilities. Paragliding, mountain biking and winter climbing all compliment the snow sports. At the 600 metres, the top station is possible for visitors to have a gentle stroll to one of two simple but outstanding viewpoints, followed by a bite to eat or a pint in the restaurant. A small outdoor shop is also available along with one of the highest postboxes in Britain!