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Fort William
in Great Britain

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Fort William

Fort William is a town situated in the Scottish Highlands, in the county of Inverness-shire, Great Britain. It is located at the southern end of the Great Glen, which is a large glacial valley that runs from Inverness to Fort William. The town is situated on the banks of Loch Linnhe, a sea loch that stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the west, to the city of Fort William in the east.

Fort William is the second largest town in the Highlands, and is known for its stunning mountain views and outdoor activities. The town is a popular tourist destination, and is home to Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles. Other nearby attractions include the West Highland Museum, which showcases the history of the area, and the Jacobite Steam Train, which follows the route of the famous Jacobite Rebellion of 1745.

The town has a long and varied history, with evidence of human activity dating back to the Iron Age. It was first documented in the 11th century, and became a royal burgh in 1628. In the 18th century, Fort William became a major trading port, and was an important staging post for the British Army during the Jacobite Rebellion. During the 19th century, the town was a major centre of industry, with several mills and factories established in the area.

Today, Fort William is a bustling town, with a range of shops, restaurants and hotels. It is also home to the University of the Highlands and Islands, which offers a range of courses for students of all ages. The town is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, with a range of activities available, such as skiing, mountain biking, hillwalking and sailing.

Excursion tips for a day in Fort William

As a tourist in Fort William in Great Britain, there are plenty of activities to enjoy in a day. Here are some of the top things to do:

1. Take a ride on the West Highland Railway Line and admire the beautiful scenery along the way.

2. Explore Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles, and take in the stunning views from the summit.

3. Visit the Glencoe Visitor Centre and learn about the area's history and culture.

4. Enjoy a boat ride on Loch Linnhe and admire the stunning views.

5. Visit the Jacobite Steam Train and take a ride on the Hogwarts Express.

6. Take a stroll along the banks of Loch Ness and keep an eye out for the Loch Ness Monster.

7. Visit the Highland Folk Museum and explore the area's traditional culture.

8. Enjoy a hike along the Great Glen Way and take in the stunning scenery.

9. Stop by the Nevis Range Ski Centre and take a chairlift ride to the top of Aonach Mor.

10. Visit the West Highland Museum and learn about the area's history and culture.

Experience Fort William with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Fort William. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Fort William

Fort William in Great Britain has a temperate climate with mild summers and cool winters. In summer, temperatures are usually between 15-20°C, with occasional warm spells. In winter, temperatures are usually between 0-5°C, with occasional cold spells. Spring and autumn are generally mild and wet. Rainfall is fairly evenly spread throughout the year, with the wettest months being October and November.

Cruise weather for Fort William

Our weather forecast for Fort William helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 18.1 °C
min: 9.2 °C
23.0 m/s
42.1 m/s
87.2 %
24.1 m
78.6 %
1,017 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 14.8 °C
min: 10.8 °C
15.5 m/s
40.7 m/s
92.1 %
13.6 m
88.2 %
1,005 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 13.3 °C
min: 8.3 °C
13.7 m/s
38.9 m/s
87.9 %
21.0 m
86.7 %
1,006 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 13.3 °C
min: 8 °C
12.2 m/s
23.4 m/s
79.7 %
24.1 m
82.8 %
1,012 hPa
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 15.7 °C
min: 6.9 °C
11.9 m/s
22.0 m/s
74.2 %
24.1 m
83.8 %
1,018 hPa
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 15.5 °C
min: 10.8 °C
13.3 m/s
22.3 m/s
82.8 %
19.6 m
87.4 %
1,018 hPa
Jul. 30th 2024 Jul. 30th 2024 max: 15.3 °C
min: 11.2 °C
15.8 m/s
37.8 m/s
87.3 %
24.1 m
81.5 %
1,016 hPa
Jul. 31st 2024 Jul. 31st 2024 max: 14.2 °C
min: 11.3 °C
18.4 m/s
56.5 m/s
98.6 %
20.0 m
93.0 %
1,013 hPa
Aug. 1st 2024 Aug. 1st 2024 max: 13.6 °C
min: 10 °C
19.1 m/s
46.8 m/s
92.0 %
21.1 m
88.2 %
1,015 hPa
Aug. 2nd 2024 Aug. 2nd 2024 max: 14.3 °C
min: 10.3 °C
17.5 m/s
55.1 m/s
100.0 %
16.0 m
97.3 %
1,014 hPa
Aug. 3rd 2024 Aug. 3rd 2024 max: 12.1 °C
min: 7.2 °C
19.4 m/s
51.7 m/s
85.9 %
21.8 m
87.1 %
1,011 hPa
Aug. 4th 2024 Aug. 4th 2024 max: 14.0 °C
min: 5.3 °C
7.2 m/s
9.4 m/s
68.4 %
24.1 m
82.8 %
1,018 hPa
Aug. 5th 2024 Aug. 5th 2024 max: 11.4 °C
min: 7.3 °C
9.0 m/s
12.2 m/s
98.4 %
18.2 m
92.0 %
1,014 hPa

Cruises to Fort William

Would you like to travel to Fort William on a cruise ship or would you just like to know when a certain ship will dock there? Here you will find an overview of the cruise ships that will be calling at the port of Fort William.

Scheduled ship calls in Fort William, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Aug. 20th 2024 Tuesday, 20th of Aug. 2024 MS Amadea 08:00 am 06:00 pm
May 13th 2025 Tuesday, 13th of May 2025 LE BELLOT 12:00 am 12:00 am
May 30th 2025 Friday, 30th of May 2025 LE BOREAL 12:00 am 12:00 am
May 31st 2025 Saturday, 31st of May 2025 LE BELLOT 10:30 am 08:00 pm
Jun. 6th 2025 Friday, 6th of Jun. 2025 LE LAPEROUSE 07:30 am 01:30 pm
Jun. 8th 2025 Sunday, 8th of Jun. 2025 LE LAPEROUSE 12:30 pm 06:00 pm
Jun. 22nd 2025 Sunday, 22nd of Jun. 2025 LE LAPEROUSE 10:30 am 08:00 pm
Jul. 10th 2025 Thursday, 10th of Jul. 2025 LE BELLOT 07:00 am 03:00 pm
Jul. 13th 2025 Sunday, 13th of Jul. 2025 LE BELLOT 12:00 pm 07:00 pm
Oct. 10th 2025 Friday, 10th of Oct. 2025 LE BELLOT 07:30 am 01:30 pm
Jun. 8th 2026 Monday, 8th of Jun. 2026 HANSEATIC nature 12:00 am 12:00 am

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