Fort William

Fort William

Location type


Name and dates

Fort William (1975-)

Opened on the West Highland Railway.

Open on the West Highland Line.


This is a terminus with an island platform. The station replaced Fort William [1st] when the line was cut back in 1975. The platform is canopied at the buffer end.

The station is at the north east end of the town and connected to it by an underpass of the A82. The bus station is alongside.

The station is served by several trains a day to Glasgow Queen Street High Level and Mallaig and a sleeper which arrives from London in the morning and leaves in the evening.

For much of the year this is the starting point for 'The Jacobite' which runs through splendid scenery over Glenfinnan Viaduct to Mallaig. The Jacobite

The extreme east end of the station, the lines leading to the platforms, is on the course of the original line. (The curve of the line here followed the original course of the Ruver Nevis.) The bulk of the station was built on the site of a house and some wooded parkland (formerly before the east wall of the fort). The extreme north west of the building is on the site of the east fortifications.


Just to the west of the station, on the bank of Loch Linnhe, are the partial remains of Fort William itself.
Visit Fort William - Cromwellian Barracks

The town was called Maryburgh, to complement Fort William, named for William and Mary.

Fort William is the northern end of the West Highland Way and the railway provides a good method of returning south. Walking south the path next meets the railway at Bridge of Orchy.

Visit Scotland - Ben Nevis


Terminus station

External links

NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67


  /  /1883Glasgow and North Western Railway
Glasgow and North Western Railway proposed by North British Railway. The route was to have been Glasgow to Inverness via Fort William. It was not built.
28/07/1884Inverness and Aviemore Direct Railway (Highland Railway)
Act passed. This was partly in response to the proposed incursion of the North British Railway's Glasgow and North Western Railway from Glasgow to Inverness via Loch Lomond, Crianlarich, Glencoe, Fort William and the Great Glen.
  /  /1889West Highland Railway
Fort William's fort wall breached for railway building.
23/10/1889West Highland Railway
First sod cut by Lord Abinger near Fort William.
03/08/1894West Highland Railway
Opened from Craigendoran Junction to Fort William and Banavie Pier.
07/08/1894West Highland Railway
Public opening from Fort William to Craigendoran. Stations opened at Craigendoran Upper, Helensburgh Upper, Row, Garelochhead, Arrochar and Tarbet, Ardlui, Crianlarich, Tyndrum [WHR], Bridge of Orchy, Gortan (private), Rannoch, Corrour (private), Inverlair, Roy Bridge, Spean Bridge and Fort William [1st].
22/07/1901West Highland Railway
Sleeper cars from Kings Cross to Fort William commence.
  /  /1924Fort William Smelter
Site clearance begins in Fort William to build a smelter for the British Aluminium Company.
01/08/1931West Highland Railway
Fersit Halt and branch opened, Loch Treig was to be converted into a reservoir to serve the smelter at Fort William.
04/09/1939West Highland Railway
Banavie Pier to Fort William (Banavie Junction [2nd]) closed to passengers.
06/08/1951West Highland Railway
Banavie Pier to Fort William (Banavie Junction [2nd]) closed to freight.
13/06/1975West Highland Railway
New Fort William station opened, old station by Pier closed.
  /  /1977Fort William Smelter
The Lochaber Narrow Gauge Railway closed, some track remained by the works in Fort William.


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Road To The Isles Dvd: Part One The West Highland Line Between Crianlarich to Fort William, From the Drivers Cab Of A Class 37, With The Caledonian Sleeper
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