3 Day Trips from Fort William, Scotland

When I first moved up to Fort William, I didn't realize that it was the 'Outdoor Capital' of Scotland. This means that exploring the surrounding areas, or even further, is completely accessible and doable. 

I have compiled a list of three day trips that you can take while based in Fort William. The locations being Glenfinnan, Glencoe, and Loch Ness (or Fort Augustus)

1. Glenfinnan

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Glenfinnan is known for the Viaduct from the Harry Potter movies. If you are a huge Harry Potter fan, then Glenfinnan is the place to be. If you are lucky enough, you will catch the Jacobite Train coming over the Viaduct in a picturesque moment. In my previous post, I detailed all the things you can do around Glenfinnan in order to get the most out of your visit. 

2. Glencoe

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It's no surprise that Glencoe is one of my favorite places in Scotland. From the Three Sisters to the Lost Valley - Glencoe has something to offer for every type of hiker and backpacker. The Glencoe visitor center is full of previous knowledge and information about the area and Scotland. The Glencoe Lochan trails are easy and full of amazing views. Let's not forget the little white house that every tourist and person stops at to take a picture of because it's so picturesque. 

3. Loch Ness

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You've no doubt heard about Loch Ness and the Loch Ness monster. While Loch Ness is extends for 23 miles from Fort Augustus to Inverness, there are many places you can reach the loch from. Recently we took a day trip to Fort Augustus, where you can also hike the Great Glen Way through, and it was absolutely beautiful. I have been to Drumnadrochit before where the Urquhart Castle is, but I much prefer Fort Augustus! It's about an hour drive or bus ride from Fort William and completely doable as a day trip. 


While being in Fort William, I've had the ability to visit local places surrounding the area. My top three places, however, are the ones that I have compiled in this blog post for you! I would highly, highly recommend all of them to anyone who asks. 

For a more detailed itinerary, use the infographic below with bus numbers and things to do in each location! 

Have you been to any of these locations before? What would you recommend to those who haven't? Let us know below! 

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3 Day Trips from Fort William, Scotland