Are you keen on outdoor sports and adventures in unique settings? Are you looking for an outdoor destination that offers you wonderful scenery? If so, I have the perfect place for you, located in the Scottish Highlands: Fort William. I have mentioned on several occasions that this part of the United Kingdom is a magical land full of the most beautiful and wildest landscapes one could find, and Fort William is a magnet for those who pursue outdoor activities. It is 145.5 miles away from Edinburgh, the Scottish capital.
Fort William is known as the outdoor capital of the UK, since the surrounding areas are packed with plenty of activities and experiences to do during every season of the year. But Fort William in not only about outdoor activities, as there are other places and things to do in this fantastic town. Let me tell you some things you cannot miss if you visit Fort William and the reasons why it is considered such a popular, cool town – especially for outdoor sports lovers.
Fort William is a town located on the eastern shore of Loch Linnhe, in the amazing Scottish Highlands. It is the second largest settlement in the Highlands, and the largest town — only the city of Inverness has a larger population and it is a popular destination due to its mysterious land and its loch. Fort William is a centre for hill-walking and climbing due to its proximity to Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles, which stands 1,345 metres above sea level. This is probably the most popular attraction and pulls in a lot of people to climb its slopes every year. Luckily, not only professional climbers can make it to the top of Ben Nevis, because there is a pony track that was constructed to the top in 1883 that has become the most commonly used ascent route now. Make sure you have appropriate clothing, food and water, and a good level of fitness, and check the forecast first as it can snow at any time.
The reason why this place is in such an idyllic setting is because Fort William has Glen Coe just to the south, Aonach Mòr to the east and Glenfinnan to the west, on the Road to the Isles. It is also known for its nearby downhill mountain bike track. It is the start or the end of both the West Highland Way (Milngavie—Fort William) and the Great Glen Way (a walk or a cycle way - Fort William–Inverness).
Scotland is also known for its whisky, with each area having claim a unique flavour and style. There are over 125 different distilleries in Scotland and the distillery in Fort William is located in Lochy Bridge, just to the north, and was licensed in 1825. As well as the distillery, there is a visitor centre and three different levels of tours that include the obligatory tasting! This is quite a popular experience so it is advisable to book in advance.
Fort William is not a single location, but several, due to the great outdoor environment that makes this town such a unique setting and popular destination. Get outside, breathe the fresh air and enjoy the views and yourself!
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