'Whin' is Scottish for Gorse - a bright yellow flowered bush that blooms profusely
all over the hill in spring - 'brae' is of course Scottish for hill - hence Whinbrae,
yellow flowered hill, onto which the growing town of Fort William has spread, and
where you will find Whinbrae. Where to Find Us
Fort William is set on the shores of Loch Linnhe, amongst Scotland's most spectacular
scenery...The Highlands ...and is the ideal base for a variety of activities and
interests and exploring the west of Scotland. The white beaches and turquoise sea
of Arisaig and Morar are only an hours drive away.
Climb the infamous Ben Nevis, or take a gentle walk. There are walks or climbs to
suit everyone. Watch the boats navigate through Neptune's Steps. Cruise on Loch Linnhe,
try pony trekking or mountain biking. In winter - ski, or snowboard in one of two
resorts - Glencoe or the nearby Nevis Range. Non-skiers could take the Gondola. There
are short walks at the top and The Snow Goose Restaurant for refreshments. For the
mountain bike enthusiasts there is The Witches Trail, and the UK's most challenging
downhill track - all the way from the top of Aonach Mor.
Take the Jacobite Steam Train to Mallaig; a boat to the Small Isles with their magical
names.... Iona; Rhum; Eigg; Muck; Mull; or go “over the sea to Skye”; take the short
drive to Glenfinnan, where Charles I landed for the 1745 uprising, visit Loch Ness
and hunt for the Monster; visit the harbour town of Oban; or the capital of the Highlands,
the City of Inverness. The choices are endless.
Fort William itself is a quiet little town, offering restaurants, bars and shops,
there is a newly refurbished Leisure
Centre; the West Highland Museum; Ben Nevis Distillery, and much more.