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Fort William
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Fort William High Street
Fort William is located in Highland
Fort William
Fort William
Population 10,459 
OS grid reference NN 10584 74114
• Edinburgh 134 mi (216 km)
• London 512 mi (824 km)
Council area
Lieutenancy area
  • Inverness-shire
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district PH33
Dialling code 01397
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament
  • Ross, Skye and Lochaber
Scottish Parliament
  • Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch
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56°49′11″N 5°06′19″W / 56.8198°N 5.1052°W / 56.8198; -5.1052

Fort William (Scottish Gaelic: An Gearasdan "The Garrison") is in the Scottish Highlands. It is a town in the area of Lochaber on the eastern shore of Loch Linnhe.

In 2011, Fort William had a population of about 10,500. It is the second largest settlement in the Highland council area, and the second largest settlement in the whole of the Scottish Highlands. Only the city of Inverness has a larger population.

Fort William is a major tourist centre. It has Glen Coe to the south, Ben Nevis and Aonach Mòr to the east and Glenfinnan to the west, on the Road to the Isles.

Fort William is a centre for hillwalking and climbing. It is near Ben Nevis and other Munro mountains. It is the start and end of travel to the north-east or south-west.

About 700 people (~7% of the population) can speak Gaelic.

Geologically, the town sits on the Great Glen Fault, the most striking feature of Scotland on the map. The fault runs from the south-west to the north-east of Scotland.

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