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About Fort William

As the so called 'outdoor capital of the UK', you have to hope that the Scottish weather is on your side in order for you to enjoy the stunning scenery that surrounds Fort William. Loved by walkers, climbers and bikers there's also a more sedate way to enjoy the sights; the Nevis Range gondola system. Transporting visitors from 300ft up to 2,150ft on the north face of Aonach Mor, enjoy the beauty of Great Glen, Ben Nevis and surrounding areas. If the weather is on your side (fingers crossed) you might even spot the Inner Hebrides.

 

Shore excursions in Fort William

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Glorious Glencoe

Activity low

Duration: 3 hours

Capture the breathtaking beauty of Glencoe and visit the multi award winning Visitor’s Centre.

Your drive will leave Fort William and head southeast travelling through the verdant Glenduror Forest. You’ll pass through the pretty highland village of Ballachulish that offers stunning views of the distinctively shaped mountain, Pap of Glencoe.

Glencoe attracts visitors from all over the world with its majestic mountain scenery and offers a multi award winning Visitors Centre. Its design is based on a traditional highland Clachan (village) and features a ‘Living on The Edge’ exhibition. A stop will be made here for you to discover the area’s geology, learn of the local wildlife and find out the history of the dramatic battle between the Campbells and the MacDonalds. At the viewing platform, enjoy breathtaking views and perhaps browse the shop for a souvenir of your visit.

Afterwards, you’ll drive further up into Glencoe for a brief photo stop at the dramatic northern ridges known as the ‘three sisters’.

Sit back, relax and admire the scenery once more, as you retrace your steps on the return drive to Fort William.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach. To derive full enjoyment of this tour some walking is required. Passengers must be able to negotiate steps on to and off the coach. The terrain is relatively flat at the Visitors Centre and there are some gravel and uneven surfaces at the three sisters. This tour involves winding roads and those prone to travel sickness should take the necessary precautions.

Mountain Gondola Ride and Highlands

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 3¾ hours

A wonderful opportunity to take a ride on a mountain gondola and enjoy the spectacular highland scenery.

Just a short drive from the pier will bring you to the foot of Aonach Mor Mountain, where you’ll board a mountain gondola for a 15 minute ride that will climb 655 metres. Once at the top, you’ll enjoy spectacular views from the terraced restaurant, where coffee and shortbread will be served. Weather permitting, the highlight is the magnificent views across to Ben Nevis, towering at a massive 1344 metres.

Your gondola will then take you back to the foot of Aonach Mor, where you’ll embark on a scenic highland drive. At the town of Spean Bridge, you’ll stop at a viewpoint that offers lovely views of Ben Nevis and which is also home to the Commando Memorial.

Afterwards, your journey will follow the banks of Loch Linnhe, to view the staggering Neptune’s Staircase, a series of 7 canal locks which link the Caledonian Canal with the sea loch. You’ll then take the return drive Fort William, where you can continue to admire more of the surrounding scenery.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, gondola and on foot. This tour is not suitable for those who suffer from vertigo. This tour involves winding roads and for those prone to travel sickness should take the necessary precautions. There is some walking over varying terrain including uneven and rough ground. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. Views are subject to weather conditions on the day.

Spectacular Highland Railway Journey

Activity medium

Duration: 4½ hours

Step aboard the Jacobite steam train and embark on, what is regarded to be one of the greatest railway journeys in the world.

Just a short drive from the pier is the Fort William railway station and where you’ll board the Jacobite steam train.

Sit back and relax as you prepare for a wonderful train ride through the Highlands. Your journey will cross the Caledonian Canal with its impressive series of lock gates, known as Neptune’s Staircase, before travelling along the shores of Locheil and cutting inland to Glenfinnan. Here, you’ll cross the stunning 21 arch concrete viaduct that featured in the Harry Potter films and which offers fantastic views down Loch Shiel.

Your train journey continues, passing the villages of Lochailort, Arisaig, and Morar, catching glimpses of the ‘Small Isles’ of Rum, Eigg, Muck, Canna and the southern tip of Skye with its silvery beaches featured in the films ‘Highlander’ and ‘Local Hero’.

Arriving into the fishing port of Mallaig, your train ride draws to an end. Here, you’ll disembark and enjoy a little free time, before rejoining your coach for the return drive to Fort William. En route a short stop will be made at Glenfinnan to view the viaduct from a different angle, and there’ll be a photo opportunity at Neptune’s Staircase.

Essential information

Early booking is essential as there are only 40 places available on this tour, on a first come first served basis. Bookings for this tour will close on 10th July 2015. This tour is non-refundable once booked. This tour may operate in reverse. West Coast Railways reserve the right to substitute the steam train for a diesel train, which is a situation beyond our control. The train coaches are standard class only with tables of 4. This excursion will operate by train,coach and on foot. The scenery experienced on the Jacobite train journey will mirror some of that seen during the coach drive. This tour involves winding roads and those prone to travel sickness should take the necessary precautions. The return drive to Fort William is around 1½ hours. To derive full enjoyment of this tour some walking is required. There are 3 steps to board the train. Snacks and refreshments are available for purchase on the train. Please remember to bring local currency.

The Highland Heart of Scotland

Activity medium

Duration: 7 hours

Enjoy a full day to take in the beauty and breathtaking scenery of the Scottish Highlands.

From Fort William, you’ll drive southeast towards the highland village of Ballachulish that offers stunning views of the distinctively shaped mountain, Pap of Glencoe. As you continue further up into Glencoe, a brief photo stop will be made at the dramatic northern ridges known as the ‘three sisters’.

Continue up to the heights of the desolate and eerie Rannoch Moor, a wide expanse of peat bog, heather and windswept pine trees that is unique to Scotland.You’ll drive to Tyndrum, a small town that developed during the 19th century gold rush. Here, a short stop will be made before heading to Oban. Admire Kilchurn Castle, which you’ll pass by en route to the the narrow Pass of Brander and the mouth of Loch Etive and the impressive Connel Bridge. Oban is a picturesque resort town with a lovely horseshoe shaped bay and surrounded by beautiful scenery. A stop will be made here for you to enjoy some free time to explore at your own leisure and perhaps purchase some lunch or refreshments and browse the shops. Afterwards, you’ll return to Fort William, with the opportunity to admire more spectacular scenery along the way.

Essential information

This tour will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves walking over varying terrain, which includes some uneven and gravel surfaces. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. To allow more flexibility during the free time in Oban, lunch has not been included in this tour. The return drive to Fort William is around 2 hours. This tour involves winding roads and those prone to travel sickness should take the necessary precautions. Please remember to bring local currency for purchases.

The Road to the Isles

Activity medium

Duration: 4½ hours

Discover the scenic ‘Road to the Isles’ and the history that connects the area with Bonnie Prince Charlie.

Setting off from Fort William, you’ll take the route known as ‘The Road to the Isles’ following the shores of Locheil. As you head inland, you’ll arrive at Mallaig where a stop will be made to enjoy some free time. Take a stroll around and enjoy the atmosphere of this busy fishing port.

Afterwards your drive continues, passing through delightful coastal villages surrounded by highland scenery. You can catch a glimpse of the Isles of Rum, Eigg, Muck and Canna and the silvery beaches that were used in the film ‘Highlander’. You may also catch sight of the southern tip of the Isle of Skye, where Bonnie Prince Charlie was rescued by one of Scotland’s most famous heroine’s, Flora McDonald.

A stop will be made at the Glenfinnan Visitor Centre and Monument, located in a beautiful setting at the head of Loch Shiel. The monument was built in 1815 to commemorate the Highlanders who fought and fell during the 1745 Jacobites uprising led by Bonnie Prince Charlie. Charlie raised his standard here on the 19th August 1745 marking the start of his campaign to restore the exiled Stuarts to the throne.

From Glenfinnan, you’ll retrace your steps on the return journey to Fort William.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The free time in Mallaig is around 50 minutes. There is some walking over rough and uneven ground and there are narrow and steep steps to access the monument. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. This tour involves winding roads and those prone to travel sickness should take the necessary precautions.

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