Fort William is the largest settlement on the whole western coastline of the Highlands, its stunning location having enabled it to become the self-styled 'Outdoor Capital' for all kinds of adventure activities. It is a cross-roads of major long-distance walking routes, a convenient base for scores of mountain ascents or easy forest, woodland and canalside walks.
Fort William is most famous as being at the base of the highest peak of them all, mighty Ben Nevis. The town is also the gateway to Glen Nevis, one of the most picturesque of all glens. This leads not just along the foot of the Ben itself but past the stunning ridges of the Mamores and through the dramatic Nevis Gorge to Steall Falls - surely one of the most dramatic destinations for a shorter walk in all Scotland.
|River Lundie walk, Leanachan Forest||3.5km||1 hour|
|Achriabhach Forest walk, Glen Nevis||3.5km||1.5 - 2 hours|
|Nevis Range Gondola viewpoint walks||4km||1 - 2 hours|
|Neptune's Staircase and the Canal, Banavie||4.5km||1 - 1.5 hours|
|The Old Fort and Inverlochy Castle, Fort William||4.5km||1 - 1.5 hours|
|River Nevis short walk||4.5km||1 - 1.5 hours|
|Steall Falls and the Nevis Gorge||3.5km||1.5 - 2 hours|
|Dùn Deardail fort, Glen Nevis||10km||2.5 - 3.5 hours|
|The North Face of Ben Nevis & Allt a' Mhuilinn||10.25km||3.5 - 4 hours|
|Cow Hill circuit, Fort William||11km||3 - 4 hours|
|Glen Nevis and Polldubh Falls||13km||3 - 5 hours|
|Ben Nevis by the Mountain Path||17km||7 - 9 hours|
|Aonach Mòr and Beag via the Gondola||9.5km||4.5 - 5.5 hours|
|Stob Ban (Mamores) and Mullach nan Coirean||13km||6 - 8 hours|
|Aonach Beag and Aonach Mòr from Glen Nevis||16.5km||7 - 10 hours|
|The Ring of Steall, Mamores||16km||9 - 12 hours|
|Ben Nevis by the Càrn Mòr Dearg Arête||17.5km||10 - 11 hours|
|The Great Glen Way||117km||6 Stages|
|The West Highland Way||150km||8 Stages|
|The East Highland Way||134km||7 Stages|
|Cape Wrath Trail||376km||2-3 weeks|
With Abacus Mountain Guides you can discover new places, learn new skills and explore our beautiful landscape. Climbing Ben Nevis or walking in the Mamores is hugely challenging and rewarding, and with a guided ascent you can experience the best these mountains have to offer in the company of one of our local and experienced guides. With many routes to choose from there is something for everyone, from people going for their first mountain to experienced hill walkers and climbers looking for a more challenging way to the summit.
For the last 20 years, the Nevis Landscape Partnership has been working in partnership and cooperation with local and national organisations, landowners, our local community and stakeholders to develop, maintain and improve the path network and visitor facilities, promote initiatives which support a healthy ecosystem for people and wildlife, and develop meaningful learning and engagement activities. Be part of something BIG and become a member of the NLP and help us look after this fantastic landscape.
Fort William and the surrounding area provides visitors with some of the most spectacular scenery in the Highlands. With the UK’s highest mountain, deepest loch, and shortest river there is always plenty to explore. Choose you day out from tackling the heights of Ben Nevis to walking the white sandy beaches of the Ardnamurchan peninsular. Of course, there is also the breathtaking steam journey from Fort William to Mallaig along the West Highland line taking in the Glenfinnan viaduct, made famous in the Harry Potter films.