Tourist Attractions

Explore Fort William and the surrounding areas, with so much to do and see you may need to return again and again! The hotel is within walking distance to the local amenities including a cinema, leisure centre, museum and a historical fort.

The Imperial Hotel is the nearest waterside hotel in Fort William town centre. And with many award winning tourist attractions within the area, a Fort William holiday or short break really hits the spot. Be sure to go see the famous Jacobite Steam Train and experience a loch cruise on Loch Linnhe. Other great things to do in Fort William and Lochaber in summer include

Climb Ben Nevis - the highest mountain in Britain.

Enjoy fabulous cross country and downhill mountain bike courses at Nevis Range. The UCI mountain bike World Cup has been hosted here several times

Top Recommended Things To Do In Fort William And Lochaber

Take the Mountain Track up Ben Nevis -

this route is the standard, so-called ‘Tourist Route’ up the mountain. It is straightforward, if strenuous, by hillwalking standards

A trip on the West Highland Line -

Consistently voted the best train journey in the world, the Line from Glasgow up the west coast of Scotland is an incredibly scenic railway trip of lush green hills, mountains, lochs and valleys. Immortalised in film - in Trainspotting and as the site of the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter series

A trip on the Jacobite Steam Train in summer -

during the warm summer months, a steam locomotive-hauled daily return service, the Jacobite, operates between Fort William and Mallaig. This is one very Scottish experience, not to be missed – and book early.

Golf on some lovely highland golf courses, including Fort William, and Traigh. Fort William Golf Course, 6217 yards, sits in the shadow of Ben Nevis, amid breathtaking Highland scenery. Traigh is a stunning 'Hidden Gem' 9 hole golf course near Arisaig.

A cruise on Loch Shiel -Â

unique guided cruises aboard the historic MV Sileas, on the beautiful sheltered waters of Loch Shiel.  Share the skipper Jim Michie's fifteen years' experience of spotting Golden Eagles, Red Deer, Black-throated Divers, plus a wide variety of other wildlife, while learning the history of this special, remote and unspoiled part of the Highlands of Scotland.

A day at nearby Highland Activities –

enjoy a fantastic range of lands and water sports including rafting, kayaking and gorge walking – and 4 x 4 driving, clay pigeon shooting, quad biking and archery

A ride on the Nevis Range Gondola -

The gondolas transport visitors effortlessly from 300ft up to 2150ft on the north face of Aonach Mor, the eighth highest mountain in Britain. The journey takes approximately 12 - 15 minutes each way, and each gondola can accommodate up to six people inside.

Attend a local Highland Games or Gathering -

notable Highland Games nearby are at Lochaber, Arisaig and Glenfinnan.

Watch a shinty match -

The game has recently changed season from winter to summer, and matches take place most weekends throughout the warmer months. Fort William play at An Aird, Fort William , and Lochaber play at nearby Spean Bridge Park, Spean Bridge

On wheels –

enjoy some of the most sensational big country touring in Scotland or anywhere in the UK – by car, by motor bike, or by cycle (including the Great Glen Cycle Route)

On wheels –

Home to the UK round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, Lochaber is a mecca for bikers, with some of the best mountain biking in the UK. Hire mountain bikes atCaledonian Activity Breaks, or Highland Activities

Attend the famous Motor Cycle Trials held annually The Scottish Six Day Trials (SSDT) is widely regarded as the birthplace of this unique discipline where the winner is determined by skill alone rather than speed.  Riders are lured to the SSDT from all over the world, and the event has the same status to trials riders as the Isle of Man TT has to road racers.

Commando Memorial -

a Category A listed monument in Scotland, dedicated to the men of the original British Commando Forces raised during World War II

Glenfinnan Viaduct -

a railway viaduct on the West Highland Line in Glenfinnan, Lochaber, It was built between 1897 and 1901. Located at the top of Loch Shiel in the West Highlands of Scotland, the viaduct overlooks the Glenfinnan Monument and the waters of Loch Shiel.

Parallel Roads, Glen Roy -

The "Parallel Roads" of Glen Roy are lake terraces that formed along the shorelines of an ancient ice-dammed lake, from a distance they resemble man-made roads running along the side of the Glen

Monarch Country –

to the west of the hotel, Monarch Country refers to the area of the Scottish Highlands featured in the BBC One drama series Monarch of the Glen.

Neptunes Staircase -

a staircase lock comprising eight locks on the Caledonian Canal. It is the longest staircase lock in the United Kingdom, and lifts boats 64 feet (19.5 metres).

Kinlochleven and the Ice Factor -

A must visit for adventure seekers of all ages. World's biggest indoor ice climbing wall, Rock Climbing and New Aerial Adventure Course. Taster and skills classes every day.

Glencoe and Glencoe Village -

the most famous and perhaps most impressively dramatic of all Scottish glens, the perfect scenic match for its dark history of the massacre of the Macdonalds.

Wildlife watching -Â

Closely associated with this area is the golden eagle. Its home is the high moors, crags and mountain corries in many parts of the area. If you are very lucky you may also encounter the spectacular sea eagle in a few places on the west coast. Red kites, for example, are easily seen from the car. Ospreys are everyday birds in the nearby Cairngorms National Park and elsewhere.

Cille Choirill Church -

A lovely building set in a peaceful location, offering wonderful views of the Great Glen, To enter the church you can get a key from the gatekeeper's house at the bottom of the hill. Used as a location during BBC Scotland's series Monarch of the Glen.

Ben Nevis Distillery and Visitor Centre -

Discover the secrets of whiskey distilling at one of the oldest, licensed distilleries in Scotland, which dates back to 1825.

Inverlochy Castle -

Originally dating back to the 13th century, Inverlochy Castle last played a part in Scottish and English history during the Civil Wars of the 1640's. In 1645 the royalist Earl of Montrose routed the roundhead forces of the Campbell Chief Duke of Argyll at the second Battle of Inverlochy.

West Highland Museum, Fort William -

Situated in the high street in the heart of the historic town of Fort William in the Scottish Highlands, The West Highland Museum’s collections tell the story of the region and its history. Our most renowned and unusual collection relates to Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite cause.

Treasures of the Earth, Fort William -

One of Europe's finest collections of gemstones, crystals and fossils set in simulated caves, caverns and mining scenes.

ur top day touring reocmmendations - day tours of the Scottish highlands from Fort William

Loch Ness and Inverness, via Urquhart Castel –

optional return via Aviemore and Monarch Country.

Fort William and Glencoe –

Scotland’s greatest and most spectacular glen.

Ardnamurchan –

cross south of Fort William on the Corran Ferry and explore an outstandingly beautiful area.

Oban and Lorn –

a wee bit longer but a superb and easy day trip – go via Appin, return via Dalmally and Glencoe.

The Road to the Isles, Mallaig and Bonnie Prince Charlie (jacobite) Country –

a must do.

The Isles of Skye, Rum, Eigg and Muck –

an hour from the hotel takes you to ferries and very special day pleasure cruises, with whale watching a feature.

The Jacobite Railway (in season) –

a glorious steam train journey recently immortalised with Harry potter.

The West Highland Line (all year round) –

to Oban, to Rannoch, to Glenfinnan Viaduct and Mallaig – one of the world’s greatest railway journeys.

Kintail, Lochalsh and Plockton –

this is a very spectacular trip via Invergarry past Cluanie to the 5 Sisters, Eilean Donan castle and the beautiful palm tree clad village of Plockton.

Laggan and Monarch Country –

nice and easy – enjoy all the special atmosphere of the famous TV programme.