"Fill your life with adventures, not things. Have stories to tell not stuff to show..."
|(History of the Highlands people in the Museum)|
Date: 10 May 2017 (Wednesday)
Route: Fort Augustus – Fort William
Distance: 32 miles (49 min)
|(A welcoming notice in the window)|
|(The Boudicca cruise ship is in town)|
|(Big bikers taking a rest in Fort William)|
Fort William is the second largest settlement in the Highlands of Scotland with around 10,000 inhabitants, 7.33% of the population can speak Gaelic. Fort William is a major tourist centre, with Glen Coe just to the south, Aonach Mòr to the east and Glenfinnan to the west, on the Road to the Isles. It is a centre for hillwalking and climbing due to its proximity to Ben Nevis and many other Munro mountains. It is also known for its nearby downhill mountain bike track. It is the start/end of both the West Highland Way and the Great Glen Way, a walk/cycle way between Fort William and Inverness.
Fort William's town centre provides a good shopping experience. The town’s main street, the High Street, It is the major shopping spot. There are a number of local shops, specialty stores, gift and souvenir shopping venues.
|(High Street in Fort William, quaint and fun!)|
|(One of the many souvenir shops)|
|(Scottish Folk dance outside the Highland Museum)|
The West Highland Museum, in the centre of Fort William, tells the story of the mountainous West Highlands of Scotland and its people. It has seven rooms on three floors, with an extensive collection of exhibits relating to the Jacobites, including the eighteenth century "secret portrait" of Bonnie Prince Charlie. Later royalty is represented by a collection of Victoriana, including the Highland regalia gifted by Queen Victoria to her favourite servant, John Brown.
|(Free admission to the Highland Museum)|
|(World famous Jacobite exhibits)|
|(Guns used during the war)|
|(The portrait seen at an angle)|
|(The turbulent history of the highlanders)|