We could talk about the Highlands’ scenery till the hairy coos come home, but on a more serious note, these landscapes are truly made for adventure, whether on two wheels or two feet, land or sea. In glorious sunshine, misty fog or sideways rain, you will fondly remember your escapades in the great outdoors. What will your activity of choice be?
The west coast of Scotland has become a mecca for white water kayaking, sea kayaking and open canoeing due to the natural landscape and the huge number of rivers, lochs, sea trips and the Great Glen Canoe Trail available in the area.
The landscape of the Outdoor Capital really lends itself to canyoning and gorge walking. Being surrounded by steep mountains with rivers and streams running down their sides, the canyoning and gorge walking venues around Lochaber are world class.
Lochaber offers exceptional diving opportunities for both experienced and less experienced divers. We may not have the warm waters of the Bahamas or the Red Sea, but we do have clean, clear water, an abundance of wildlife, some really interesting dive sites and truly epic wrecks.
White water rafting is a very popular activity in Scotland and, in the Fort William and Lochaber area, it can be the best in the country, it doesn’t just have Grade 3/4 rivers on offer. There’s also grade 4/5 rivers if you’re after a real adrenaline rush!
Active Highs is an outdoor adventure and activity business offering quality outdoor activity experiences in the Highlands of Scotland. Active Highs is based on the side of Loch Oich which is slap bang in the middle of the Great Glen and on the Caledonian Canal and Great Glen Canoe Trail.
Vertical Descents is an outdoor adventure and activity business offering quality outdoor activity experiences in the Highlands of Scotland. Vertical Descents is based on the side of Inchree Falls.
Mountain Biking & Cycling
With single track trails, world class downhill, miles of gentle forest routes, canal paths, an abundance of wilderness routes to discover and quiet Highland roads, the area is perfect for all types of mountain biking and cycling holidays.
Circumnavigating around Ben Nevis on a mountain bike or cycling out to the most westerly mainland point on the British Isles on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula are just a couple of the routes that make the Outdoor Capital a haven for all bike enthusiasts.
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Outdoor lovers do it on foot! Is there a better way to take in the fresh air and soak up the sights?
Gentle ramble or strenuous yomp – it’s as easy or as tough as you like. Young or old, super fit or gentle stroller; The Outdoor Capital of the UK, Lochaber has something for everyone. You can trek through cavernous glens, potter along woodland nature trails, or wander lonely as a cloud over empty moorland.
From seaside strolls to testing tramps on Britain’s highest peaks, including Ben Nevis, the highest of them all! The quality and variety of The Outdoor Capital of the UK, Lochaber’s walking is second to none.
There’s no better place to lace up those boots and stretch your legs!
Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in Britain. The route on Walk Highlands is described as the standard way up the mountain; it is straightforward, if strenuous, by hillwalking standards, but the less experienced should be sure to read all the precautions.
This easy-going walk follows the banks of the Caledonian Canal - built by Thomas Telford. The route takes in the entrance to the canal from the sea at Loch Linnhe, as well as the famous Neptune's Staircase - a spectacular flight of lochs.
Skiing & Snowboarding
Skiing in the Outdoor Capital of the UK lets you choose from the two great resorts less than 40 miles apart with the largest town in the Highlands situated comfortable between the two, and great local and on-site facilities plan your next ski trip now.
With the oldest and newest ski resorts in Scotland there really is something for everyone, enjoy the varied terrain, and access in these great locations.
On a day of blue skies and fresh snow Lochaber looks and feels altogether alpine. Glencoe Mountain Resort is Scotland’s oldest, and still a firm favourite among those in the know. With a superb outlook over Glen Spean, Nevis Range offers the highest runs in the country, and a whopping 20km of pistes.
Climbing & Mountaineering
Some of the oldest rocks on the planet can be found in Scotland and the ancient rocks of The Outdoor Capital of the UK, Lochaber are especially appealing to rock climbers.
Countless years and ice ages have eroded the hills to their present rough and craggy outline. Many rock types are found here – making for a huge variety of rock climbing in Scotland. Bouldering, roadside crags, mountain routes and Alpine-scale climbs, ice climbing – we’ve got them all. Local mountain guides and instructors can show you the best routes and coach you in all the skills you need to tackle them.
Beyond hill walking but before rock climbing lies an aspect of mountaineering called scrambling: exposed ridges, rocky steps and easy rock climbs that don’t always require a rope but demand a hands-on approach. Scrambling on broken and rocky ground with simple climbing skills and a good head for heights allows you to explore the more dramatic faces of the hills. Because you can climb more continuously when scrambling than with pitched climbing, it gives a great sense of freedom and makes it a good option on colder, wetter days!
The rock climbing and scrambling season starts in May, which is often the sunniest and driest month. The valley crags dry out first and Glen Etive and Ardnamurchan are good options. June can also bring superb weather when the mountain crags in Glen Coe, on Ben Nevis and Garbh Bheinn of Ardgour have dried out and give outstanding climbing. July and August are often slightly wetter so head for the quick-drying crags in Glen Nevis or further east to Ardverikie.
As the colours of the hills start to change in September you need to take the chance to grab the odd day of autumn warmth and splendour.
Scrambling on long rocky ridges such as the Aonach Eagach can give you some of the best days of the year.
Hidden in the trees at the edge of Leanachan forest, Tree Adventure is a series of aerial obstacle courses designed to provide the ultimate forest adventure to thrill seekers of all ages and abilities. Swing through the trees; balance on the bridges; climb to new heights and swoop back to the ground with fun features and obstacles on each of the 4 courses. Nevis Range Tree Adventure makes for an excellent day out for the whole family.