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Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain at 1343m, dominates the town of Fort William. From Achintee, in Glen Nevis, a footpath zigzags its way up the steep slopes to the summit.

Winter Sports

One of Scotland’s top winter sports destinations, Nevis Range, with its Gondola uplift and many runs, offers excellent skiing and snowboarding. The north face of Ben Nevis is well known for its ice climbing. If the weather is not right try The Ice Factor at Kinlochleven. Here you’ll find the biggest indoor ice climbing facility in the world plus the UK’s largest rock climbing wall.

Snowsports in Fort William & Lochaber

Walking & Climbing

This is one of the best areas in Britain for hill walking and climbing. Ben Nevis and the peaks of Glen Coe are world famous, but there are many other ranges, as well as lower-level forest trails and the Great Glen Way.

Walks in Fort William
West Highland Way

Rum from Sanday © Copyright David Hayes The Small Isles »

Rum, Eigg, Muck and Canna add their distinctive profiles to the western horizon and are classic ‘get-away-from-it-all’ escape destinations.

Glencoe © Copyright David Hayes Great Glens »

Lochaber has two of Scotland’s finest glens. Glen Nevis, behind Fort William, and Glen Coe to the south.

Cruise to the Small Isles »

Each of the Small Isles has its own personality, from the quiet pastoral air of Muck to the rugged wilderness of Rum. But they all have good ferry and cruise links from the mainland.

Mountain Biking

Mountain biking enthusiasts have superb choice here. Britain’s longest downhill track 650m descent at Nevis Range, to the east of Fort William, attracts bikers of all standards, except the faint-hearted. The Mountain Biking World Cup has been held here. The Leanachan Forest, 3 miles north east of Fort William, has biking trails and also offers cycle orienteering.


Paragliding and canyoning are examples of the more unusual activities also available in the area. Paragliding takes place at Nevis Range. Canyoning involves abseiling, swimming and sliding through the rocky watercourse on the way downstream and uses the Inchree Waterfalls in Glen Nevis.

Adventure in Fort William & Lochaber

Canna looking south to Rum © Copyright David Hayes Wildlife of Lochaber »

The oakwoods of the west are a real speciality, as is the wildlife of the Small Isles, especially Rum and its shearwaters.

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