There are few movies of such awe inspiring cinematography as Mel Gibson’s 1995 epic Braveheart, which tells the story of Scottish warrior William Wallace and his role in the First War of Scottish Independence.
The film, while also partly shot in the Republic of Ireland, paid special homage to the Scottish Highlands, in particular the valley of Glen Nevis.
Glen Nevis is at the foot of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, three miles from Fort William, the largest town in the Scottish West Highlands and a major tourist centre.
Glen Nevis is a popular destination for visitors all year round, with horse riding, cycling, walking, climbing, sailing, fishing and golfing on tap, among other activities. Thousands of people climb Ben Nevis each year, though, with weather conditions easily changeable and often bitterly cold at the summit, it pays to be prepared. Climbers can also try the Nevis Range or the Glencoe mountains.
There are a number of forest and hill walks around Glen Nevis and surrounding areas, with mountain biking also a popular past-time. There is even skiing in the area at the Anoch Mhor Ski Centre. As the River Nevis flows through Glen Nevis, there are also some spectacular waterfalls in the area including three of the highest waterfalls in Scotland. Not surprising considering Glen Nevis supposedly enjoys the heaviest rainfall in Europe.
Other attractions in the area include cruises on nearby Loch Linnhe and Loch Shiel; a Jacobite Steam Train that travels on the spectacular West Highland Line between Fort William and Mallaig and the West Highland Museum, a good place to learn the history of the area.