Fort WilliamFort William
is the largest town in the western Scottish Highlands
, very close to Ben Nevis
's highest mountain. It is also at the southern end of the Great Glen, Glen Albyn. Despite the name, there is no military presence now - the fort being referred to was constructed to control the population following Oliver Cromwell
's invasion during the English Civil War
, then helped suppress the Jacobite
uprisings of the 18th century
. Just outside the town is a large aluminium
plant, powered by the Lochaber hydroelectric
scheme, in its day the biggest tunnelling project in the world.
Fort William was also a city in the Canadian province of Ontario, which was merged with the nearby city of Port Arthur to form the new city of Thunder Bay.