Popular Fort William Events
Fort William is not only famous for its great food, scenic views, friendly locals and great Fort William accommodation but it is also popular for its exciting events all-year-round. So, it does not matter what time of the year you plan to go to Fort William because there is always something interesting to do and experience there during your visit. You may either choose to be a spectator to these fun events or participate so as to have a more exciting time that you’ll never forget.
Those who are interested in the arts should consider going to Fort William in March when the Mountain Festival occurs. For more than 5 days, you can experience the joy and excitement of learning more about the fascinating culture in Fort William. The Mountain Festival features a wide variety of exhibitions, presentations and films, which are mainly relevant to the West Highlands’ unique mountain culture. Taking part in this event can be both an educational and entertaining experience for foreigners and locals, at the same time.
Another great time to visit Fort William is in May where you can check out several Trials riders that have come to Fort William just to take part in the Scottish Trials that last for 6 days. Here, riders coming from several parts of the world go over to the renowned Lochaber every day, so they can ride up the burns and rivers and over Fort William’s rolling hills. It is an exciting activity that appeals to a number of people who are in search of great adventures and challenges to conquer.
If you come to Fort William in June, then you can witness the annual Lochaber Yacht Club Regatta. It is the time of the year where you can see a number of keelboats and dinghies participating in this most-awaited sailing event on the infamous Loch Linnhe. Anyone who is interested to join such as visiting yachts may sign up and become a part of the class racing intended specifically for tourists. You may also want to check out the Glencoe Boat Club that also have their own regatta yearly, which is held on Loch Leven.
As for visitors who plan to go in July, they can expect another fascinating charity activity known as the Glen Nevis River Race initiated by the No Fuss Events. In addition, you may want to participate in the annual Lochaber Highland Games held at the end of July, which is an outdoors activity in Aird, located in the town center of Fort William.
August is famous for the annual Agricultural Show, which is an exciting event where you can witness some of the town’s finest crafts, artwork and livestock. This is also the time of the year to witness the Glenfinnan Gathering, which is basically a games event in the Highlands.
In September, you can find out more about the Ben Nevis Race, an athletic activity that is intended for runners (professionals or amateurs) who wish to race up and down Ben Nevis. It’s an exciting event where you can take part in the action and adrenaline rush as you aim to complete these challenges in about an hour.
Aside from these activities, you can check out other events that happen at various times of the year such as the Downhill Mountain Biking Competition which takes part on the Nevis Range. It offers spectators and participants several hours of drama, excitement and action. For those who plan to just be a spectator to this event, they may choose to ride the astounding mountain Gondola as they work down the other side of the tracks headed downhill. Winter months, on the other hand, is the perfect time for tourists and locals to attend various skiing events and gatherings.
Whenever you visit Fort William you are sure have plenty to see and do.