Fort William and the Scenic Glens Tour – Itinerary
The Fort William and the Scenic Glens Tour from Inverness offers you some incomparable vistas. The Great Glen is our first glen of the day and we also give you some time in Fort William. Fort William serves as the main town of the West Highlands. Following that you visit Glencoe, Glenfinnan and Glen Nevis. Glencoe is the longest visit, with Glenfinnan being shorter, and Glen Nevis being a photo opportunity at the Lower Falls. Your return to Inverness takes you through Cairngorm National Park.
The Great Glen
A huge faultline called the Great Glen, slices through the highlands, coast to coast. The chain of lakes in the valley have served as a routeway across these lands since earliest times. Things are no different today, so we shall drive alongside Loch Ness, Loch Oich, and spectacular Loch Lochy to get to Fort William. We reach the west coast here, because Loch Linnhe is actually a long arm of the sea.
Fort William is located on the west coast and is the second largest town in the Highlands. As a result the town itself is a hive of activity with many shops and pubs and the acclaimed West Highland Museum. It is nowadays often called the outdoor capital of the UK because of all of the outdoor pursuits available in the district. Nestling at the foot of Nevis Range, highest mountain range in the country, rock and snow sports are both popular. The scenery and wildlife in the surrounding area are exceptional.
Glencoe is a valley with a deep and fascinating past. Fire created it, and ice shaped it. It stood witness to an awful human tragedy; the Massacre of Glencoe and yet just a couple of hundred years later became one of the world’s first mountaineering areas. It is a treasure house for plants and wildlife and is a firm favourite with those who love its brooding grandeur. The National Trust for Scotland do a fabulous job of interpreting the valley, at their visitor centre.
Glenfinnan is located on the romantic route; “The Road to the Isles”. It is where Bonnie Prince Charlie first raised his royal standard in 1745, starting the last Jacobite Rising, and there is a picturesquely situated monument tower and visitor centre to commemorate this. The railway viaduct, nowadays identified as “the Harry Potter Bridge” is the largest concrete bridge in the country. It’s current popularity is because the Jacobite Steam Train crosses it four times a day.
Glen Nevis threads around the feet of Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain. Given the surrounding scenery it is no surprise that scenes from both “Braveheart” and “Rob Roy” were filmed in this valley. We will see those filming sites, and then the road narrows to single track where the River Nevis thunders over the Lower Falls. The Polldubh Crags, a recognised training area for serious rock climbers, overlook the waterfall here.
Cairngorm National Park
This is the largest national park in the UK at 4,528 square Kilometres or 1,748 square miles. We take you through the north-western fringes of the park, down the valley of the River Spey. This gives us views of the Cairngorm Mountains themselves, where some snow lies year-round because the temperature is below freezing on the high tops 200 days per annum. So this range has the largest winter sports resort in the country and Strathspey is a playground of more general outdoor pursuits throughout the year. You will see the largest remaining fragments of the original Caledonian Forest, and the park is also home to a wide range of rare birds and animals.
Fort William and the Scenic Glens Tour – Price
Fort William and the Scenic Glens Tour – Departure
The tour departs from your Inverness accommodation, or any transport hub you prefer, like bus station, train station or airport. You tell us, and we’ll be there.