We invite you to join us on this exciting walk around Fort William, we will share with you the history of the town and how it has developed over the years.
Fort William (An Gearasdan) is the largest town in The Highlands and a major tourist resort. The earliest record of settlement dates to 1654 when a wooden Fort acted as a base for Cromwellian troops. Fort William was named after William of Orange who ordered a Fort to be built to control the highland clans. Previous names for the town were, Maryburgh, Gordensburgh & Duncansburgh and the influence of these names still exists today.
The Fort holds stories in connection with The Massacre of Glencoe in 1692 and The Jacobite Uprising of 1745.
During the Second World War Fort William was the home of HMS St Christopher which was a training base for The Royal Navy Coastal Forces and the lands of Clan Cameron became a training camp for Allied forces.
Inverlochy Castle was built around 1270 by John Comyn, The Castle was involved in the two battles of Inverlochy in 1431 & 1645 we will visit Inverlochy Castle on our tour.
The starting point for the walking tour is at the west end of Fort William High Street at the meeting point “Sair Feet” the towns mascot, a tired walker who sits on the bench rubbing his sore feet after finishing Scotland’s first long distance walk, known as The West Highland Way.
We then start our tour by discovering past stories such as the arrival of the Royal Yacht Britannia. Her Majesty The Queen has visited Fort William on two occasions in 1958 & 1989. The arrival took place at the pier adjacent to the old railway station that was first opened in 1894.
After discovering more about the west end of the town we wander through the pedestrianised high street that was once a bustling street open to traffic.
Your tour will include a visit to The West Highland Museum where we will uncover stories relating to past industry in Fort William, The Old Railway, the first car to be driven up Ben Nevis, The Appin Murder, The Massacre of Glencoe, The Jacobite Uprising of 1745 and so much more.
We recommend that you wear comfortable & suitable footwear, and also bring or wear a waterproof & warm coat. We can provide you with an umbrella should the weather be a bit damp!
The route of this tour has been carefully planned and there are rest rooms en-route.
• A Full informative commentary throughout your tour.
• A visit to The West Highland Museum
• A visit to The Old Fort
• A visit to Inverlochy Castle
• Fascinating Historical Stories
• A Tour of Ben Nevis Whisky Distillery
9.00am until 13.00pm
£35 Per Person (Includes entry into The Museum & The Whiskey Tour)
Tour Distance Approximately 3 miles of walking all on the flat, with transport back after the Distillery Tour.
Minimum of 3 people & Maximum of 12 people
Pack Lunch: £6.00 per person.
A cold roast roll of your choice, Beef & Horseradish, Ham & Mustard, Turkey & Cranberry, A packet of crisps and a bottle of juice.
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Booking essential to avoid disappointment
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