Fort William, Scotland

Fort William claims the crown of Outdoor Capital of UK, and visiting it is all about getting out into the surrounding country. Backed by the magnificent Ben Nevis, you’ll be strapping on your walking boots in summer, and skis to cut the white stuff of Glen Nevis in winter. It’s at the end of the West Highland Way, so pubs will be packed with contented-looking hikers. The township is marred by the ugly bypass that blocks the town centre from the delightful Loch Linnhe, plus the town itself can feel like a mall packed with tartan tat. When you feel like it’s time to rouse yourself, walk up the ever-present Ben Nevis.

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