Must Do: Visit Neptune’s Staircase

The historic Neptune’s Staircase is a series of locks on the Caledonian Canal at Banavie, just north of Loch Linnhe. Designed by noted Scottish architect, canal and bridge builder Thomas Telford, the staircase comprises of eight locks and takes boats roughly 90 minutes to travel up the 64 feet to the top. It is the longest staircase lock in the UK.The Caledonian Canal runs for 60 miles along the Great Glen from Corpach, near Fort William, to Inverness. Neptune’s Staircase is the most impressive single engineering feat on the canal – a ladder of eight locks that raises vessels to a height of 70 feet above sea level. On a clear day this is also one of the best viewpoints for the dark north west side of Ben Nevis. Located on the outskirts of Fort William, signposted off the A830 road to Mallaig

Must Do: Cross Corran Ferry

Not all the old ferry crossings in Scotland have been replaced by bridges. The Corran Ferry, operated by the Highland Council, is one of few remaining.The eastern slipway (the Fort William side) is known as Nether Lochaber. The western side of the crossing is guarded by the extremely attractive Corran Lighthouse. It is also the location of the Inn at Ardgour, conveniently placed immediately above the ferry slipway. The route of the ferry lies on one of the ancient drove routes to Central Scotland and its cattle markets from the Hebrides.To the west the ferry permits direct access to Morvern, Moidart and Ardnamurchan, via the pretty village of Strontian and it also provides a link to the short ferry crossing to the Isle of Mull from Lochaline.

Must Do: Visit Glen Nevis

Fort William is most famous as being at the base of the highest peak of them all, mighty Ben Nevis. The town is also the gateway to Glen Nevis, one of the most picturesque of all glens. This leads not just along the foot of the Ben itself but past the stunning ridges of the Mamores and through the dramatic Nevis Gorge to Steall Falls – surely one of the most dramatic destinations for a shorter walk in all Scotland.Fort William is most famous as being at the base of the highest peak of them all, mighty Ben Nevis. The town is also the gateway to Glen Nevis, one of the most picturesque of all glens. This leads not just along the foot of the Ben itself but past the stunning ridges of the Mamores and through the dramatic Nevis Gorge to Steall Falls – surely one of the most dramatic destinations for a shorter walk in all Scotland.