Our Impressions of Claggan Park
Fort are the youngest team in the Highland League, being formed in 1974. They were elected to the Highland League in 1986, and although they threatened briefly to become a force in the league, due to a large number of Glasgow-based junior players, the wage demands of these players soon led them to look locally for new faces. Since then, Fort have been one of the also-rans of the league, but in the last couple of years have improved tremendously to be a side that on their day can beat anyone else in the league.
Claggan Park is probably the most picturesque ground in BRITISH football. Set on the outskirts of Fort William, the ground lies underneath the ?Shoulder? ? a massive hill next to Ben Nevis, and with the Nevis Range visible in the near distance, it is simply stunning. It would be even better if they could screen the electrical substation at the far end of the ground off with a few trees!!
The pitch is one of the biggest in the Highland League, and very flat. They do have terrible trouble with drainage in the winter, so call ahead if you are planning to take in a game here. The only gripe is that the spectators are a long way from the pitch ? there is a good ten yards of grass between the fence to keep the spectators back and the touchlines.
There is a ramshackle covered stand on the road side of the ground, but the best views are had from the opposite side, behind the dugouts.
It is a bit disconcerting to tuck into a mutton pie at half-time and realize that there are sheep grazing behind the far goal!! They do get into the ground, so keep a weather eye out on where you are treading!!!!
Directions to Claggan Park
From South (A82)
At first roundabout at south end of town, take first exit onto duel carriageay, bypassing the town centre before taking a right turn at the next roundabout along Belford Road. Turn left at the next junction crossing Nevis Bridge before taking the first right after this down Claggan Road. Next take a right down Achintee Road where, after 150 yards on the left hand side, Claggan Park can be found.
As above, but turn off before Nevis Bridge. '[HIGHLIGHT:Do No park your car in the estate before the ground. Park in the club car park or leave it in the town and walk'. This is advice from FWFC themselves, as the estate they back onto is very rough and theft is high.
Fort William Station is about a mile. Exit station, walk up the main street towards the Nevis Lodge Hotel. Cross the Nevis Bridge and walk down Achintee Road.
Local Area around Claggan Park
Do not park your car in the estate before the ground. Park it in the club car park or leave it in the town and walk.. This is advice from FWFC themselves, as the estate they back onto is very rough and theft is high.