Fort William, Wester Ross and the Isle of Skye
Fort William sits at the north-easterly end of Loch Linnhe, right at the base of Ben Nevis. The highest mountain in Scotland. For anyone seeking spectacular views and excellent hiking, this is as good a base as any. If you prefer horse riding or mountain biking these are also options. If you like your activity on the water, then you are spoiled for choice with Loch Lochy also close by. You’re never far from a distillery in Scotland and you will always be sure of a warm welcome in every Scottish town. Find your perfect holiday cottage in the Fort William and Wester Ross area today with Discover Scotland.
Wester Ross is the name given to the area north-west of Fort William. It’s home to one of the lowest population densities in Europe, with just 1.6 people per km2. The quality of the scenery and range of wildlife within this area is well recognised and boasts National Scenic Area and Biosphere Reserve status. The very best way to explore Wester Ross is via the North Coast 500, a 516-mile scenic route around the north coast of Scotland, starting and ending at Inverness Castle.
The Isle of Skye is the largest and most northerly island of the Inner Hebrides. The capital, a town called Portree, is famed for it’s picturesque harbour, designed by Thomas Telford. It is a hugely popular tourist destinations with excellent leisure facilities including boat cruises, horse riding and a swimming pool, not to mention plenty of shopping opportunities. Beyond Portree, popular attractions include the Cuilin Hills, made up of two rocky ranges offering some of the best rock climbing in Scotland, The Quiraing, a natural ridge of high cliffs and low plateaus situated at the northerly tip of the Island and a photographer’s dream, and Dunvegan Castle & Gardens to the west.