Fort William has a spectacular location in the Scottish Highlands, on the shores of Loch Linnhe, overshadowed by the UK's highest mountain Ben Nevis. It's a popular destination for walkers and climbers, who can take direct trains to Fort William from Glasgow Queen Street on the famous West Highland Line. Connections are also available north to the ferry port of Mallaig, for travel to the Western Isles. Overnight Caledonian Sleeper services from London terminate at Fort William six mornings a week.
Fort William's railway station is located in the center of town, next to the bus terminus on MacFarlane Way and adjacent to the platform for Jacobite Steam Railway services. Passenger facilities include the Lochaber cafe, shower rooms for male and female travelers, a gift store, free WiFi, a news vendor, and baggage storage facilities.
Scotland's main rail franchise operator ScotRail provides direct connections to Fort William from Glasgow Queen Street on the West Highland Line. There are three daily direct ScotRail services from Glasgow Queen Street Monday-Saturday and two on Sundays, with journey times of around three hours and 45 minutes. The early morning Caledonian Sleeper service operates from London Euston via Glasgow to Fort William from Monday-Saturday, taking just over four hours from Glasgow, 12 hours and 40 minutes from London. There are also four daily Scotrail connections from Mallaig, taking one hour and 22 minutes.
For travelers who enjoy a scenic journey, the West Highland Line route is unrivaled in the UK. Direct trains to Fort William from Glasgow and overnight Caledonian Sleeper services from London take visitors to a town perfectly placed for exploring the dramatic mountainous scenery and heading further afield to the Western Isles.
Anyone who grew up with the Harry Potter books will appreciate the chance to ride on a steam train from Fort William over the spectacular Victorian viaduct at Glenfinnan, the location used for Harry's trips on the Hogwarts Express in the movies. Slightly less dramatic transport in and around Fort William includes local buses covering destinations in the Lochaber district, useful for exploring romantic castles and reaching hiking trails.