The town of Fort William would be a medium-sized town further south, but among the beautiful wildernesses of the Scottish Highlands it represents a settlement of considerable size – in the entirety of the highlands, only Inverness on the other side of the country can boast more inhabitants. As a result, Fort William is in many ways the urban centre of the western Highlands, a town from which trips further north into the mountains, glens and islands can be taken, and also a place where the residents of those more remote areas can come for news, shopping and entertainment. As a result, there is a busy tourist trade, especially from hillwalkers and mountaineers who want to climb to the top of nearby Ben Nevis, or to embark on a quest up the side of one of the Munros.
Two major foot and cycling trails also start – or end – in Fort William: the West Highland Way which winds south along the west side of Scotland, and the Great Glen Way which extends east towards Inverness. Anyone looking for flats in Fort William is htus buying into a healthy, outdoors community which also has a strong attachment to its heritage – more than seven per cent of the population still speak Gaelic