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Fort William & Lochaber


At the southern end of the Great Glen, this area's main town is Fort William, a major and well-resourced touring and route centre for the West Highlands. The area also takes in the Highland landscapes between Loch Linnhe, the major sea-loch at the south of the Great Glen, and the western seaboard itself. These include the lands of Ardnamurchan, Ardgour, Morvern and Moidart - rugged landscapes notable for their soft and mild Atlantic climate, and - in places - their lush growth of mossy, fern-rich woodlands.

The A830 (the 'Road to the Isles') cuts through the area on its way west to the ferry-port of Mallaig, also reached from Fort William by rail - a route sometimes described as one of the world's most scenic train journeys. From Mallaig (and Arisaig), there are ferry connections to the Small Isles - classic hideaway destinations. Around Fort William itself, notable features include the southern end of the Caledonian Canal, with its cruising and activity options; also Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain. There are outdoor activities in plenty here, including walking and climbing, cycling and mountain biking, riding and trekking, golf, angling and a range of water-sports

The Lochaber area simply includes some of Scotland's finest mountain scenery - easily seen, for example, from the road through Glencoe, not only a scene of Highland grandeur but also the setting for the infamous Massacre of Glencoe, a tragic event in Scotland's clan story.

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