Pictured: Ben Nevis - the highest mountain in the UK
Pictured: Ben Nevis - the highest mountain in the UK

Fort William

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Location: 56° 48.5’ N 005° 07.01’ W
No. of Berths: 0
Berth details:N/A
Width of Ship: Maximum recommended is approx. 110m beam. The main restriction is Corran Narrows with a depth of 12m at Low Water Springs.
Anchorage: yes
Anchorage Position: 56° 49.1’ N 005° 07.22’ W
Pilotage: Pilotage through Corran Narrows advised - available by prior arrangement with Agent.
Town centre: 0 km
Shuttle to town: Not required
Nearest airport: Inverness Airport (73 miles)



Mr David Seddon
Marine Superintendent Highland Council Harbours, Lochinver Harbour, Lochinver IV27 4LE

T: +44 (0)1571 844806
W: www.highland.gov.uk/info/1523/transport_and_streets/102/harbours/6

Fort William offers one of the most sheltered harbours in the West Highlands of Scotland.

Fort William is the largest town in Lochaber – the Outdoor Capital of the UK!  We are located in the Heart of the Highlands of Scotland at the foot of Ben Nevis – the highest mountain in the UK (1344m). 

The Gaelic name for Fort William is ‘An Gearasdan’ – meaning The Garrison and was named after the Dutch King William of Orange around 1690.  The Old Fort, whose remnants you can visit today, was a replacement for Old Inverlochy Castle which was built to guard the entrance to the River Lochy.

Fort William has a very unique location at the end of scenic Loch Linnhe with many historic and popular locations right on our mountain-step!   These include travelling on the famous Harry Potter Steam Train, going to Aonach Mor and taking the only gondola ride up a mountain in the UK, climbing our amazing mountains and savouring the Dew of Ben Nevis.

There are a variety of shops and restaurants in the Town Centre for all tastes and requirements as well as the fascinating Lochaber Geopark Visitor Centre and the West Highland Museum where you can find out all about the Commandos training in Achnacarry Estate before heading off to battle in WW2 or learn about the old Model T-Ford that was driven up and down Ben Nevis in 1911!

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