Fort William Introduction Walking Tour, Fort William

Fort William Introduction Walking Tour (Self Guided), Fort William

Fort William is the largest town in the southwestern Scottish Highlands that attracts a number of tourists each year. Originally founded as a settlement near the fort, the town contains a number of prominent landmarks, including old churches, monuments, memorials, and the fort. Follow this self-guided tour to see the town's most popular sights.
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Fort William Introduction Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Fort William Introduction Walking Tour
Guide Location: Scotland » Fort William (See other walking tours in Fort William)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 Km or 0.7 Miles
Author: leticia
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • High Street
  • West Highland Museum
  • St Andrew's Church
  • Duncansburgh Church
  • Fort William War Memorial
  • Donald Cameron of Lochiel Memorial
  • Fort William Library
  • Old Fort
High Street

1) High Street

The High Street is the heart of Fort William. Pedestrianized in the 1990s, this is a prime shopping venue of the town featuring a good number of boutiques and specialty shops, including the ones selling outdoors gear much needed in this area. Tourists looking for local gifts should check out The House of Scotland, The Granite House, or The Whisky Shop.
West Highland Museum

2) West Highland Museum (must see)

The West Highland Museum, in the centre of Fort William, tells the story of the mountainous West Highlands of Scotland and its people. It has seven rooms on three floors, with an extensive collection of exhibits relating to the Jacobites, including the eighteenth century "secret portrait" of Bonnie Prince Charlie. Later royalty is represented by a collection of Victoriana, including the Highland regalia gifted by Queen Victoria to her favourite servant, John Brown.

The museum aims to cover every aspect of West Highland history, with other exhibits for archaeology, wildlife, Highland life, and military history including the history of Fort William itself. The Rough Guide describes the museum as "splendidly idiosyncratic". The museum was founded in 1922 by Victor Hodgson and has always been independent. It is a member of Museums Galleries Scotland.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
St Andrew's Church

3) St Andrew's Church (must see)

Located near Parade Road, St Andrew's Church is another prominent building. The original church was founded on this site by the Countess of Rosse in 1817 and it was known as Rosse Chapel. In the nineteenth century the building was replaced by George Baynton Davey. St Andrew's Church has an Abriachan granite façade and a roof of Cumberland slate. Its consecration took place on 9 Sept 1880. Famous as the "Queen of Highland Churches," the building is a Category A listed building.
Duncansburgh Church

4) Duncansburgh Church

Duncansburgh Church is situated in the heart of the town, near the Alexandra Hotel. This religious building, which dates to 1881, is another prominent landmark of Fort William. The church houses an impressive tower, large window, and stained glass from the 1880s.
Fort William War Memorial

5) Fort William War Memorial

Beside Duncansburgh Church and the Alexandra Hotel you will find the town’s War Memorial. The memorial is a single statue of a soldier that stands on a paved area surrounded by linked chains. It commemorates all the men of Fort William and the surrounding area who sacrificed their lives in the First and Second World Wars.
Donald Cameron of Lochiel Memorial

6) Donald Cameron of Lochiel Memorial

Just across the path from the Fort William War Memorial you will see a bronze statue on a stone. It was created by W. Birnie Rhind in 1909 and depicts Donald Cameron of Lochiel, the nineteenth chief of Clan Cameron, who played a central role in the Jacobite Uprising of 1745.
Fort William Library

7) Fort William Library

Fort William Library is located in the center of Fort William on High Street. Here you can find a wealth of interesting and useful information about Fort William, its past and its intriguing environs. The library is closed on Sundays.
Old Fort

8) Old Fort (must see)

Old Fort William is located near the roundabout and is, of course, one of the most prominent attractions. The fort was founded to control the inhabitants after Oliver Cromwell's invasion during the English Civil War. It was named in honor of William of Orange.

Walking Tours in Fort William, Scotland

Create Your Own Walk in Fort William

Create Your Own Walk in Fort William

Creating your own self-guided walk in Fort William is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Fort William Shopping Tour

Fort William Shopping Tour

Fort William's town centre provides a good shopping experience. The town’s main street - High Street – is the major shopping spot. Here you will find a number of local shops, specialty stores, gift and souvenir shopping venues. This walking tour will guide you to the most prominent and popular shopping places in Fort William.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.1 Km or 0.1 Miles