It is easy to see why Fort William and Lochaber is referred to as “The Outdoor Capital of the UK”. Mountaineering, kayaking, skiing, mountain biking and river rafting are just a few of the adrenalin fuelled activities to be found in this region. The Mountain Biking World Cup takes place in June each year and welcomes over 9,000 spectators to the area.
Ben Nevis is the tallest and most well-known mountain in the UK and in good weather, navigation to the top is by a well maintained path. Its neighbouring Aonach Mor, in winter, offers some of the finest skiing in Scotland. In summer you can enjoy stunning panoramic views from Britain’s only mountain gondola, which operates all year round.
If you are in the area to tackle the West Highland Way, you will travel drovers’ roads as well as some hill walking and even the Devils Staircase! Glencoe is the most scenic valley along this route and a popular film location – most recently seen in Skyfall and Under the Skin. The book on which the latter was based, was in fact set in and around Ross-shire!
If you are more a climber than a walker, then the Ice Factor at Kinlochleven will be just up your street (or wall!). With indoor climbing walls and Scotland’s first indoor ice wall, it presents challenges for beginners to experts – in fact – one of our very own staff competes in the competitions and came first in 2012 and second in 2013. We have high hopes of another first this year!
Head west from Fort William along the ‘Road to the Isles’ and the scenery is dramatically different to that of the Nevis Range. With tree covered hills, waterfalls, lochs and beaches you will need to factor in extra time for photo stops!
You won’t long leave Fort William before you’ll want to stop and see ‘Neptunes Staircase’ – the longest staircase lock in Britain!
Glenfinnan is a must see with the monument having prime position at the head of Loch Shiel and the viaduct which was used by Harry Potters school train!
The scenery along this road is spectacular and even in the rain, it comes alive with the waterfalls dropping right next to the road in places.
Mallaig is where you would get the ferry to the Small Isles and Skye. (And get great fish and chips!) It is possible to visit one of the Small Isles (Eigg, Rhum, Muck and Canna) in a day and packages can be bought.
This area has its share of picture perfect beaches, not least Camusdarach which has the Cuillins as a backdrop and was part of the classic 80’s film, Local Hero.
We know you won’t be disappointed with a visit to Fort William and Lochaber, in fact, we know you will be back for more!