Outdoor Activity Breaks
Outdoor Activity Holidays
Scotland is one of Europe’s finest outdoor-adventure playgrounds. The rugged mountain terrain and convoluted coastline of the Highlands and islands offer unlimited opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, surfing and snowboarding. Fort William is the self-styled Outdoor Capital of the UK, a centre for hiking, climbing, mountain biking, winter sports, and the list goes on. Read on to find out some of our personal recommendations of outdoor activities to sample when staying in Lochaber.
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. Rent a bike today, from Nevis Cycles or Off Beat Bikes!
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.
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. You can dive under it, jump into it or sail, raft and ski over it. Whether you’re an expert or just starting out, there’s Watersports here for everyone.
iscover Scotland through local eyes with your own guide. Glen 2 Glen offers a wide range of breathtaking tours that enables you to learn about iconic Scottish locations but also experience what the locals would say are the 'best bits. Tours include the scenic Skye Explorer which takes you along the banks of Loch Ness, before heading through Jacobite country towards the Isle of Skye. Or start off in Fort William and explore Lochaber history including that of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites.
HARRY POTTER TRAIN
Described as one of the great railway journeys of the world this 84 mile round trip takes you past a list of impressive extremes. Starting near the highest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis, it visits Britain's most westerly mainland railway station, Arisaig; passes close by the deepest freshwater loch in Britain, Loch Morar and the shortest river in Britain, River Morar, finally arriving next to the deepest seawater loch in Europe, Loch Nevis! West Coast Railways, operators of 'The Jacobite', provided the steam engine and carriages for the 'Hogwarts Express' as seen in the 'Harry Potter' films including 'The Philosopher's Stone' and others in this wonderful series of films.
NEVIS RANGE MOUNTAIN GONDOLA
Nevis Range in Fort William is home to the UK’s only mountain gondola, transporting visitors to 650m on the mountain of Aonach Mor. The journey to the gondola top station takes around 15 minutes giving visitors ample opportunity to capture the stunning scenery of the surrounding lochs and glens. At the top station there are two, clearly signposted, walks to mountain viewpoints. On a clear day this view can extend as far as the Inner Hebrides.