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Visit Fort William and Lochaber

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.  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.

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. It is possible to visit one of the Small Isles (Eigg, Rhum, Muck and Canna) in a day.

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.

As you head out towards Ardnamurchan, Moidart, Morvern, Sunart and Ardgour, It’s all about the views. If you go to this area and end up staying somewhere without a view, you have to be extremely unlucky!

Breath-taking scenery, beaches with barely a soul, unbelievably scenic lochs and Highland cows. What more could you want! You have to want to immerse yourself in a more relaxed way of life to appreciate everything this area has to offer.

The majority of Ardnamurchan is single track roads and whilst the sign may say 30 miles, it will most likely take you an hour, then add on some to take in the views including Lochailort, Glenuig and Loch Sunart.  And not forgetting the crafts shops and galleries that pop up almost out of nowhere!

Kilchoan is the last village on this peninsula and does have a shop, a hotel and a craft shop! The tip of Ardnamurchan is the most westerly point on the British Mainland and from here you can whale watch and visit the lighthouse museum and café. Just around the headland are the white sands of Portuiark and Sanna. There are lots of opportunities for walking too, if you don’t mind being off the beaten track. One such walk is the Glendrian Caves and why not try the ringdyke of the volcano which is a good days hike.