Wednesday 3 July 2019

Fort William

Fort William is a town on the eastern shore of Loch Linnhe in the Western Scottish Highlands. Fort William is known as the gateway to Ben Nevis and The Glen Nevis Valley. Its proximity to Ben Nevis and other Munros, Glen Coe and the A830 to Mallaig (Road to the Isles) has led to the towns popularity with walkers and climbers and has become a major tourist centre. Nearby is a downhill mountain bike track and the Great Glen Way ( a walk/cycle way from Fort William to Inverness). 

Prior to the building of a Cromwellian wooden fort in 1654 the area the current town was inhabited by Clan Cameron. The fort was named after William of Orange wh ordered the building of the fort to control the Highland Clans. Maryburgh, the settlement that grew around the fort was named after his wife, Mary II of England. Maryburgh was later renamed Gordonsburgh and then Duncansburgh before eventually being renamed Fort William, after Prince William, Duke of Cumberland. In the Jacobite rising of 1745 Fort William was besieged unsuccessfully for two weeks by the Jacobites. 

Fort William is served by train from Glasgow, Mallaig and London and is the perfect base for exploring the Western Highlands.

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