Fort William Scotland Travel VIDEO Adventure Capital Of UK

About a week ago we decided that it might be fun to take a trip to Scotland – it was a very spontaneous thing, which seems to be the way we do things these days. We will be spending about 9 days exploring different parts of Scotland, from Edinburgh to Fort William, Glasgow and Stirling – but besides being a spontaneous trip, Scotland really is a place we can’t wait to explore. The highlands seem amazing, and there are so many places we want to see that it has been difficult trying to narrow it down and make it fit into our trip.

It seems to be very popular taking one of those Caledonian travel tours, and see a large part of Scotland in one day,  or we might take one of those for a day as well – but in the meantime our our itinerary looks like this:

Fort William is promoted as the adventure capital of the UK and the nature seems amazing, for some awesome mountain biking action & Boat Cruises so we can explore the beauty of the highlands from the water. I’ve never thought of Scotland as a place to live, but now that we’ve been looking into it – it seems to have everything you could want:

Amazing scenery, adventure outdoor things like skiing, mountain biking and even surfing – plus Edinburgh seems like a great city.

Fort William Scotland Travel VIDEO

Fort William Scotland Travel VIDEO

Fort William Scotland Travel VIDEO

We stayed in Fort William, known as the gateway to the Highlands and the adventure capital of UK.

Sitting at the foot of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in UK, and at the head of Loch Linnhe, a sea loch, the beauty surrounding this town is unmistakable.

When asking the locals in Edinburgh what their favorite place in Scotland was, they all said with dreamy eyes that nothing beats the highlands.

Fort William, Scotland – The Adventure Capital Of UK!

After three days in Edinburgh, with the most amazing summer weather and getting the most out of our press passes from VisitScotland, we headed further inland to one of the most beautiful parts of Scotland – the Highlands.

We stayed in Fort William Scotland, known as the gateway to the Highlands and the adventure capital of UK.

Sitting at the foot of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in UK, and at the head of Loch Linnhe, a sea loch, the beauty surrounding this town is unmistakable.

When asking the locals in Edinburgh what their favorite place in Scotland was, they all said with dreamy eyes that nothing beats the highlands.

And then, finally, when it was right before my eyes, I could see why – the scenery spreading out far into the distance was absolutely stunning.

Muddy Mountain Biking

But walking down the main street in Fort William one thing became very clear to us: everyone else must have known something which we did not, as they were all fully equipped with enough gear and clothing to go mountaineering for days, ready to tackle any weather.

Muddy Mountain Biking Fort Williams

Muddy Mountain Biking Fort Williams

Sure enough the next day, the weather had switched. It was cold, rainy and windy, and the mountains were hiding behind the mist.

We were going on our first adventure: mountain biking.

The Ben Nevis range is world famous for its great mountain biking, and Nathan who loves mountain biking talked me into it.

We grabbed some bikes and when we arrived at the start of the mountain bike track the weather suddenly changed again. The mist was gone and the sun came out.

But many of the tracks were still muddy, and with no experience whatsoever I was up for quite a challenge.

At first I actually walked down with my bike (pretending to having biked down to Nathan) because I was so scared of the steep hill, but then I pulled myself together and decided that I was going to do this, falling and hurting myself or not (which I eventually did), I would not chicken out.

Aonach Mor

Aonach Mor

And like I’ve said before, if you try something you’re scared of you might actually find that you like it.

Fast forward 10 minutes later and all I could say was WOW – it was so much fun, and the track was awesome.

With many hills going down and not so many going up, it was less challenging for the condition and more for the skills, but it was still hard not to look away from the windy road to appreciate the green forest and the river running next to you.

The View From Aonach Mor

We finished the day by taking a gondola up to Anoach Mor, a big mountain with incredible views over Ben Nevis, the Great Glen and the Inner Hebrides.

While seeing the landscape from below is great, seeing it from above was definitely the best way to truly appreciate it. The view you see is that of the first picture in this post.

Cruising The Loch

Cruising The Loch

Cruising The Loch

The next day we went on a cruise on Loch Linnhe with Crannog Cruises. The morning started out windy, and the sun and clouds were fighting each other for attention.

It was quite spectacular to see the patches of sun and shadows playing over the smooth rolling hills around us, and with the sea being everything but calm, the little boat was up for a bumpy ride.

Having been in Fort William for only three days, I had quickly understood why everyone else had so much gear with them – the weather could change from one moment to the other, and we actually experienced three seasons in one day..!

The Most Scenic Train Journey In The World?

We left Fort William with some awesome experiences, and took the West Highland Line to Glasgow, which was voted the most scenic train journey in the world on Wanderlust magazine. So, was it true?

West Highland Line to Glasgow

West Highland Line to Glasgow

To tell you the truth, the scenery was definitely one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen, and since the Europe Train Challenge we have been on a lot of trains..!

Most of the time the landscape was very remote and it kept changing all the time, which made it very interesting.

This is a great way to spend a few days in the Highlands and I would love to go back and see more.

9 Responses to Fort William Scotland Travel VIDEO Adventure Capital Of UK

  1. The World of Deej January 19, 2012 at 7:49 pm #

    Great one as always…That was quite a spill Sofia. And did I hear Nathan laughing at you too? I love mountain biking but I don’t get to do it often. That definitely looked like a great place for it!

    • Sofia - As We Travel January 21, 2012 at 4:19 pm #

      Haha yeah you heard right, Nathan found me falling off the bike incredibly funny 😉 I don’t go mountain biking often either (as you could probably tell!) but I would love to get better at it because it is a lot of fun, and Fort William was a perfect place to bike.

  2. Ryan @ PauseTheMoment.com January 19, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

    Wow, your video editing skills are getting better by the day. Incredible job on this one. Loved every minute of it. Seems as if you shot some scenes with the GoPro as well as your T2i. Do you think you’ll ever get to the point where you’ll shoot normal talking scenes with the GoPro? P.S. – I felt SO bad when Sofia crashed… looks like she’s alright though.

    • Sofia - As We Travel January 21, 2012 at 4:24 pm #

      It was the first time we used our GoPro, had so much fun playing around with it! 

      We’ve been using it a bit lately on the ski slopes and find that the audio isn’t very good when the protection case is on, but if we can find some way of getting good audio we would definitely consider using it for normal talking scenes.

  3. Backpack With Brock January 19, 2012 at 7:30 pm #

    SOFIA! NO! Nathan better have gone back up to help you…

    Excellent video as always you two!

    • Sofia - As We Travel January 21, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

      Thanks Brock! Haha yeah after he finished laughing at me he came to help.. 😛

  4. Sofia - As We Travel January 21, 2012 at 4:25 pm #

    Thank you! Fort William was absolutely stunning.

  5. New York Hotel February 7, 2012 at 7:08 am #

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