Things to See & Do in Fort William and Lochaber

Said by many – but very true. It is clearly apparent why Fort William and Lochaber is named the Outdoor Capital of the UK.  Skiing, climbing, mountaineering, mountain biking, watersports, canyoning….and that’s just on day one!

There’s the Harry Potter steam train, museums, boat trips, waterfalls – did we mention mountains?

Head a bit further west and you reach the Ardnmaurchan peninsula, Morvern, Sunart and Moidart where life takes a slower pace. And it needs to be slow to appreciate the stunning scenery and hidden gems.

Once visited, this area is never forgotten.


Hunter Mountaineering – Mountain Guide – Scottish Highlands

Private Guiding, Instruction, Coaching and Courses for beginners to experienced

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Find out more about Hunter Mountaineering – Mountain Guide

Offering Private Guiding, Instruction, Coaching and Courses, let Max Hunter take you to the limit! With summer and winter courses ranging from walking up Ben Nevis, to climbing classic rock or ice climbs, to mountain navigation and safety, there is something for the beginner to the experienced.

Be secure in the knowledge that your guide is a highly qualified professional, offering years of experience and enthusiasm to ensure your day out is truly memorable.

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Ardtornish Estate – A destination for those who love the outdoors – Morvern Peninsula

37,500 acres of hills, lochs, woodland, wildlife and more

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Find out more about Ardtornish Estate – A destination for those who love the outdoors

Ardtornish Estate can offer a day out if you are in the Lochaber and Argyll area. With 37,500 acres to explore, walkers will be in heaven. The gardens are open daily and you can arrange fishing and shooting on site. Dogs are welcome and you can even hire bikes to cover more ground! There is a gift shop and as well as selling wonderful items, you can buy their own meat. And don’t forget the kitchen garden for your fresh produce!

Ardtornish Estate is not just a beautiful spot on the West Coast of Scotland. It’s also a special place where heritage meets country living, and a community comes together with a shared passion – to breathe life into a magical Highland estate, and to welcome visitors from near and far to discover the charm of Ardtornish.

Ardtornish means many things to many people; for some it conjures thoughts of home, for others it’s a cherished place to visit, it’s a family legacy and it’s a place of work. Ardtornish is a family business, its many facets working together to support a community. Around the estate the faces of Ardtornish will become a familiar sight – some born here, others drawn to Ardtornish later in life, all sharing one thing in common – a passion for the estate and a duty of care as custodians.

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The Highland Mountain Company – Mountain Guides – Scottish Highlands

Instruction, Coaching and Guiding for individuals, groups and families

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Find out more about The Highland Mountain Company – Mountain Guides

We deliver instruction, coaching and guiding for individuals, groups and families, in both summer and winter.

Ranging from Ben Nevis ascents via the Pony track, CMD arête or the North Face, walking and scrambling up the Munros in Lochaber and Glen Coe. To introductory sessions in climbing and abseiling and low level environmental walks to Steall Falls. There is something for everyone!

Our aim is to deliver a professional and complete service that gives you confidence and reassurance in our ability both on and off the hill. We provide more than just a guide who gets you safely from A to B, for us that is the absolute minimum requirement. Our guides are always local to the area who have great knowledge and enthusiasm in the mountains and they cannot wait to take you there.

In winter we also offer: winter skills training from 1 day to 3 days, guided winter walks, Ben Nevis ascents. Crampons, ice axes and helmets are available for use or hire.

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Hillwalk Tours Scotland - Walking Made Easy – Scotland-wide

Route planning, luggage transportation and support

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Find out more about Hillwalk Tours Scotland - Walking Made Easy

Imagine a Scotland hiking tour designed to meet your needs. A hiking tour where you tell us what you want. What day you’d like to start. When you want to finish. How far you wish to hike each day. On a Hillwalk Tours – Scotland walking holiday, the only wishes that matter are your wishes. You are the best person to decide what you want. We are the best people to organise it for you.

Every step you take on your hiking tour, we will have been there before you. Each B&B you stay at, we will have checked already. We’ll transfer your bags, tell you all about Scottish history and folklore and show you where to find the tastiest food and the best local whisky.

Choose from different walks for different levels of fitness and length of walk. Take the West Highland Way and treat yourself to a trip on the Harry Potter steam train at the end! The Great Glen Way will allow you ample time to Nessie spot and visit Urquart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness. And the Rob Roy Way will take you through some of the prettiest villages and past some of the stunning lochs Scotland has to offer.

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Ben Nevis Distillery – Fort William

Distillery Tours, Gift Shop and Restaurant

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Find out more about Ben Nevis Distillery

Ben Nevis Distillery is one of the oldest licensed distilleries in Scotland. The distillery was established in 1825 and is nestled at the foot of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, which has a summit elevation of 4'406 feet above sea level. This imposing mountain provides an impressive background to a traditional Scottish craft.

Not only can you buy the superb single and blended malts, you can take a tour, meet the Giant, Hector McDram, browse the gift shop and even have lunch in the restaurant. A trip to this distillery is a great day out and one to be savoured! The distillery, very proudly, also holds a Green Tourism Silver Award.

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Resipole Studios Art Gallery – Strontian, Ardnamurchan

Contemporary Art Studio and Gallery for Scottish Artists

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Find out more about Resipole Studios Art Gallery

The gallery is a fresh and exciting building, which lends itself very well indeed to the exhibitions held here throughout the year. Offering various genres from different artists, we would be bold enough to say that all tastes are catered for. Go along and browse or buy and you can also buy online, the originals or prints. It’s also worth checking the web-site for details of Events and Exhibitions.

Many of the Scottish artists displayed, paint in a traditional way, meaning they can capture the true essence of the Highlands in the colours, brushwork and subjects. But you don’t have to be an art critic to appreciate the work. Here at true Highlands we know what we like and that’s all that matters. A visit to Resipole Studios (in person or online) is a feast for the eyes!

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inverlochy castle

Inverlochy Castle

One of Scotland’s most complete and unaltered 13th century castles stands near to where the River Lochy enters Loch Linnhe.


West Highland Museum

This renowned and unusual collection relates to Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite cause but also features a wealth of curious and fascinating objects relating to less well-known aspects of the lives of the people of the West Highlands.

ballachulish slate quarry

Ballachulish Slate Quarry Walk

A waymarked trail climbs high above the old Ballachulish Slate Quarries, there are interpretation boards on the history of the quarries, the people, the nature and versatility of the slate, as well as excellent information of the geology of the area.

glencoe lochan

Glencoe Lochan Walk

From Glencoe Lochan car park there are three scenic waymarked trails that take in this landscape planted with North American trees.