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Visitor Centres in Fort William

Fort William has a good selection of visitor centres and some of these are perfect for a wet day.

Around the Fort William area are a number of first class visitor centres and places of interest. One of our most ancient landmarks is the ruin of Old Inverlochy Castle, owned by Historic Scotland. It is easy to find nearby the Esso filling station, a few hundred metres off the A82 road. Look out for the new Highland Soap Company visitor centre nearby.

During the summer months the Jacobite Steam train goes past the castle on its way over the River Lochy and journey out to Mallaig. The Jacobite Steam Train leaves Fort William most mornings at 10:20 and returns in the afternoon just after 16:00hrs

Fort William's Nevis Centre is our largest public hall and indoor activity centre complete with Cafe, bar, 10 pin bowling, kiddies play area and multi-purpose sports hall. Nearby at the Town Pier, Souter's Lass offers short sea trip excursions down Loch Linnhe. Other operators provide sea-life adventure day trips to explore the sea-life and bird life. Views of the surrounding mountains from Loch Linnhe are fabulous, and always changing.

The Ben Nevis Distillery is Fort William's oldest established businesses and produces Dew Of Ben Nevis - one of Scotland's best single malt and blended whiskies. The distillery's visitor centre is well worth visiting and the home-made food in their cafe is excellent.

Over in Corpach Treasures of the Earth provide a fabulous insight into fossils and jem stones - kids and big kids love it.

The Ben Nevis Visitor Centre is operated by Highland Council - our local government - and provides quality information about Glen Nevis and of course Ben Nevis. There is good car parking and toilet facilities and is by far the best place to start a walk up Ben Nevis.

The West Highland Museum in Fort William's town centre welcomes you to visit them and see a unique collection of Jacobite memorabilia.
Nevis Range is Fort William's all year, outdoor mountain activity centre located 7 miles from the town centre.  Built in the late 1990's Nevis Range operate the only Gondola mountain cable car in the UK. During the spring, summer and autumn Nevis Range is a mecca for downhill mountain biking. Covered in forestry the area of Aonach Mor in the Leanachan Forest offers over 30kms of paths and cycle-ways for everyone to enjoy. Nevis Range has a cafe at the bottom gondola station and a shop and restaurant at the top station with a balcony providing panoramic views looking over to the west.

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West Highland Museum
OPENING TIMES: MARCH to DECEMBER, Monday to Saturday. March, November and December 10am to 4pm. April to October 10am to 5pmFREE ENTRYThe West Highland Museum is an independent, self-financing Trust with Charitable Status. It receives a small grace and favour grant from the Highland Council but is otherwise self sufficient. The West Highland Museum is situated in the central square off the High Street in Fort William. It is world famous for its Jacobite collections but also has fine collections of social and local history, archaeology, natural history and geology. Collections of special interest include the Alexander Carmichael Collection, the Goldman Coin Collection and the Charles Hepburn Jacobite Bequest. It has a small, interesting archive and a library for the use of members only. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable and will have a go at answering anything. History of the Museum It was founded on 23rd May 1922 by a group of Lochaber people who dreamed of creating, for the public good, 'a museum of and for the West Highlands that would be second to none in the whole country.' They had no collection and no building. A series of summer loan exhibitions were held culminating in the 1925 Prince Charles Edward exhibition, a magnificent tour-de-force worthy of any great institution. The lenders to all the exhibitions were encouraged to gift their exhibits to form the nucleus of a museum collection. Many of them did and the roots of the Museum's fine collections lies in their faith and generosity. In 1926 premises were acquired with the purchase of part of the old British Linen Bank in Cameron Square: the central square in Fort William. These buildings are some of the oldest in Fort William and are now B listed. Foreign Visitors Foreign language guide books are provided in French, Italian, German and Dutch with other translations planned for the future. Disabled Visitors There is access only to the ground floor for wheelchair users. There is full disabled toilet facilities. Groups Groups are advised to book in advance. If a guided tour is desired it must be booked in advance. For community groups and societies specialist talks on various subjects are available. Education For local schools worksheets and object-discovering sessions are offered. Subjects covered include the Jacobites, the Massacre of Glencoe, Food, Conservation and the Second World War. Local schools have free access to the Museum. Schools from out with Lochaber will be charged. Shop A range of unusual and interesting books, both new and second hand; also, presently, delicate, naturally dyed, hand knitted shawls and scarves, made locally. There are also prints, postcards, old fashioned toys and small gifts. The shop is constantly changing so is worth a visit.? Reg. No: RD68 Charity No: SCO14287?
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Ice Factor
For those visiting the Highlands, Ice Factor has become a key part of their holiday with an unrivalled range of world class activities on offer (all specialist equipment provided). Our instructors are amongst the best in the industry and have a reputation for professionalism, fun and safety, all designed to give you the best of experiences.For over a decade Ice Factor has been running instructed lessons every day on Rock Climbing and Abseiling, Ice Climbing and our Giant Swing and Outdoor Aerial Adventure Course. Each these instructed lessons lasts between 1 hour and 1.5 hours.Consistently, our most popular courses are the Half Day Adventure and the Full Day Adventure. These Adventure Bundles allow you to try a range of adventure activities in a single visit.Our daily instructed taster sessions have proven hugely popular with visitors to the West Highlands and for that reason Ice Factor constantly ranks in the top 5 things to do the highlands.When the weather gets bad (it can occasionally rain in the highlands of Scotland!) or the midges attack, then our indoor activities and facilities are up there with the very best. You’ll find everyone from some of the world’s top climbers to mum and dad with two kids enjoying the activities and atmosphere at Ice Factor.Visitors routinely travel from Oban (50 mins to the South), Fort William (30 mins to the North) and Mallaig (1 hour to the West), and on wet / stormy days Ice Factor can be extremely busy, so please pre-book to avoid disappointment!Since launch Ice Factor has probably taught more people how to ice climb than any organisation on the planet! From introducing newcomers to the joy of climbing and the outdoors, helping existing outdoor enthusiasts improve their mountain skills and training and developing climbing and mountaineering instructors.
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Clan Cameron Museum
Welcome to the Clan Cameron Museum which was opened by Sir Fitzroy Maclean of Dunconnell in 1989. The Museum was the brain-child of my son Donald and his wife, Cecil, and the idea was enthusiastically backed by the Clan worldwide who contributed generously to the cost of construction, as did friends of the family and many others. The process of rebuilding this old listed cottage is described and illustrated in the Museum which, since its opening, has been visited by clansfolk from all over the world and by many people interested in the history of the Highlands and the Jacobite cause. The Camerons have lived in Lochaber since the 14th century and the theme of the Museum is to trace the history of the Clan from its early beginnings to the present day. There is also an extensive section on Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite Risings of 1715 and 1745 in which the Camerons played such a crucial part. We have included in the Museum artefacts, photographs and information about the Commandos who trained at Achnacarry during the 1939/45 War and who frequently return here to visit their old training grounds. 1 am sure they will be glad to know that we have not forgotten them and the important part they have played in the historv of Achnacarry. There are references and exhibits relating to the Clan Regiment, the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders, and we are grateful to the Regimental Museum for lending us many items for display. Open Easter - Mid October 11am - 5pm daily July & August 1.30pm - 5pm other months
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