Just a mile north east of Fort William off the main road to Inverness is one of Scotland’s earliest stone castles built in the 13th century. Although it is now a ruin on the banks of the River Lochy it once played an important role in Scottish history and was the scene of two battles in 1431 and 1645 and much bloodshed. There is no admission charge to visit the castle.
Another place of some interest is Neptune’s Staircase, a series of locks, eight in total, designed by Thomas Telford the engineer of the Caledonian Canal to overcome a difference in height of 64 feet from Loch Linnhe allowing boats to navigate a waterway linking west coast to east coast Scotland. During the summer months there is always a buzz of activity as boats, mainly pleasure craft, negotiate the lochs and it makes an interesting spectacle. Neptune’s Staircase is several miles north of Fort William at Corpach on the road to Mallaig.