Fort William

Orientation & Geography

Europe, United Kingdom, Highland

Fort William (Scottish Gaelic: An Gearasdan, "The Garrison" pronounced [ən ˈkʲɛrəs̪t̪ən] ) is the largest town in the highlands of Scotland only being exceeded in size by the City of Inverness. 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. Around 726 people (7.33% of the population) can speak Gaelic.