Fort William is a town in the Scottish Highlands, sitting at the head of Loch Linnhe. With a population of 10,500, it's the main transport, commercial and visitor hub for the area. It's a major centre for outdoor activities, particularly hill-walking on Ben Nevis and skiing on the Nevis Range. The TIC is Fort William iCentre at 15 High St, open daily 09:00-17:00. A couple of miles north of town is a secondary built-up area at the point where Loch Linnhe turns west into Loch Eil, the River Lochy flows out, and the Caledonian Canal begins. Facilities in these villages of Corpach, Bannavie, Caol and Inverlochy are also described on this page.
Loch Linnhe is a fjord, the sea-flooded southwest end of the Great Glen, the long diagonal fault line that slices across the Highlands to Inverness. Inland along the glen are the freshwater lochs of Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and Loch Ness.