FORT WILLIAM AND INVERLOCHY CASTLE
After our stay in the amazing Loch Leven Hotel, we decided to extend our little road trip to last the weekend, and since we didn't want to be driving all day again we decided to spend our second night in Fort William, which was a short drive from where we'd stayed at Loch Leven.
With a gorgeous little B&B called Hill View Guest House booked, we set off from Loch Leven Hotel and drove the roughly twenty minutes to Fort William, admiring the views as always. It's fair to say that we definitely didn't plan our trip and improvisation was our best friend this weekend!
I'll admit that I had thought that Fort William was much bigger than it was, but it's definitely a town enriched in history. From the cobblestone streets and Loch views it's a lovely place to stop for a night on your way through the highlands, but the town also serves as an ideal base for outdoor activities within Ballachulish.
Whilst it's quite a small town, there are plenty of things to do to kill some time! From browsing the quirky little shops to walking through history in the West Highland Museum, there's something for everyone in the family, even those who aren't outdoorsy!
Since we were visiting in the off-season, and on a Saturday, most of the shops were closed when we arrived in Fort William, bar a few. You have your typical touristy shops that sell all of the knick-knacks and souvenirs such as tartan scarves and Nessie figurines, but there were also several quaint little shops that we had a quick look around, as well as pubs and dining restaurants galore. I would definitely recommend booking a table in advance, even in the off-season!
THE WEST HIGHLAND MUSEUM
With free admission, I'd definitely recommend taking a walk around the museum in Fort William. If you're a history buff, or a fan of the TV show and books Outlander, you'll be in your element here. It's not often that I can walk around a museum and not only recognise things, but also already know a little about certain displays! There are also several books and merchandise available to buy, as well as a membership option.
You'd think that all Lochs would be the same, but even after the beauty of Loch Lomond, Loch Linnhe still astounded me at how stunning it was. I'd definitely recommend venturing on one of the boat trips that operate during the peak-season as it's such a huge loch that you only get a glimpse from Fort William, but even just a leisurely stroll along the loch front is a great way to spend some time in the town.
I'll admit we simply drove past the Nevis Range Mountain Resort as outdoor activities weren't high on our list for this trip, although we're already planning another action-packed trip! If you're into outdoor sports then I'd definitely say to call into the resort as they have a whole range of activities!
In my excitement leading up to this trip I had researched good things to do near Fort William, and Inverlochy Castle was one of the first things to pop up. I'm a huge lover of all things ruin-y and medieval, so once we'd finished exploring Fort William, I did a quick google search of how far away Inverlochy Castle and Loch Ness were, and after realising we could make a day trip of it we set off!
Whilst my mam wasn't too impressed and couldn't understand why I'd want to walk around a castle, I loved learning about the history of the castle and I couldn't escape the knowledge that I was touching stone that people hundreds of years ago had touched (it's fair to say I was having a moment!).
I'd definitely recommend stopping at Inverlochy Castle if you're passing through Fort William as it not only kills half an hour, but it's also a good photo opportunity. Plus, it's always fun to learn a bit more about the places you're staying!
To say we only spent roughly half a day in Fort William and Inverlochy exploring, I loved every second of it and would totally recommend setting aside some time to visit these little gems!