There are hundreds of things to do and see FOR FREE all around Fort William & Lochaber, the Outdoor Capital of the UK. It is not all outdoors, although of course our landscape and environment are major reasons to come and stay in the area for a few days. You will need time to explore! On the Outdoor Capital Website you’ll find masses of information with something to suit everyone, from extreme sports to gentle walks! Here is just a taster of what we have to offer:
Climb Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain at 1344m (4406’). Very popular to do, but can also be very dangerous. Take advice before attempting it!!
Explore Glen Nevis and the Steall falls. This must be the most spectacular short walk in the area. One of the ‘must see’ things to do when you are in Fort William
Find out about one of the most romantic episodes of Scottish history at Glenfinnan, where in 1745 Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his father’s standard and gathered the clans in an attempt to regain the Scottish throne.
Come to the ‘Outdoor Capital of the UK’ and cycle quiet roads and unending forest tracks. There are trails that last just a couple of hours to longer ones to the most westerly mainland point of the British Isles. You’ll pass through friendly crofting townships and along the shores of great sea lochs along the way. Check out the Ride Fort William and the Forestry Commission Scotland websites for routes and local cycle hire.
Walk or scramble amongst majestic mountains in the Outdoor Capital of the UK. Whether it is in full sun to enjoy the panoramic vistas, or misty with shifting clouds and an approaching storm, there are memorable walks to challenge the most adventurous. Take a look at these sites for info:
If climbing Ben Nevis isn’t your thing, there are lots of easier spectacular walks around too. Check out the WalkHighlands website for info.
Recognised all over the world, Eilean Donan Castle is beautifully situated on an island where three sea lochs meet. Truly an iconic image of Scotland!
Travel the Road to the Isles, one of the most scenic routes in Scotland, to Mallaig. 42 miles of spectacular scenery and an area steeped in history. There’s a detour via the very pretty village of Arisaig and The White Sands of Morar. Absolutely magical! See Sue’s Perfect Day car tour.
Peace and tranquillity await you at Kinlochlaich Gardens, Appin. There’s a lovely walled garden and a woodland walk and this is also the West Highland’s largest Nursery Gardens Centre.
Travel back in time and visit the very impressive Iron Age brochs at Glenelg. At over 10m high in places, and set in a beautiful landscape, you’ll see no better examples of Iron Age settlement in mainland Scotland.
See Castle Stalker, picturesquely set on a tidal islet on Loch Laich. A truly beautiful view.
Pay your respects at the Commando Memorial, just outside Spean Bridge. The 17’ high memorial was set up to commemorate the commandos who trained in the area in WW2.
Find information on walking and much, much more at the Glen Nevis Visitor Centre. There’s lots of parking, picnic tables and a short walk along the riverside if you’d rather admire the Ben than climb it! There are toilets and a gift shop. Open April to October.
Experience the incredible sights and sounds of Scotland’s natural world at a nearby National Nature Reserve. The reserves help protect an amazing range of wildlife and landscapes for you to visit and enjoy. There is magnificent Creag Megaidh (pronounced Craig Meggie) near Laggan, the ancient mossy oakwoods at Ariundle near Strontian or you can stand and wonder at the famous ‘Parallel Roads’ of Glen Roy created by glacial action in the last ice age.
Marvel at Neptune’s Staircase, at the start of the Caledonian Canal. This flight of 8 locks which raises boats 70’, was designed by Thomas Telford and opened in 1822. This is also a good spot from which to admire Ben Nevis!
Explore some of the stunning beaches on Ardnamurchan. On your way, visit The Bakery in Acharacle to buy some locally baked bread, then drop into Macdonalds award-winning smokehouse for some wonderful smoked seafood and cheeses. You’ll now have the finest ingredients for a wonderful picnic, so find a beautiful sandy beach nearby and ENJOY!!!
Wander through the West Highland Museum for an intriguing insight into a unique way of life. Fascinating artifacts, pictures, photographs and archives give a vivid depiction of life in the West Highlands.
Why not go back in time and visit two of Fort William’s historical sites. The old fort of Fort William is just by Lochaber College whilst Old Inverlochy Castle, built by the Comyn family in 1280 is just off the A82.
Take a trip on Ardnamurchan to the Morvern Pottery at Drimnin to see Chris Barnes at work making his Stoneware and Raku pots. Its quite a trek to Drimnin, but there’s some stunning scenery along the way.
Visit the Ariundle Centre near Strontian. With its friendly restaurant and excellent home baking you are sure to feel very welcome. There is a craft shop with locally made products and live workshops specialising in Batik art, stained glass work and spinning yarn. There are some lovely walks nearby too.
A must see stop for everyone who is interested in discovering the history and culture of the West Highlands of Scotland is the fascinating Mallaig Heritage Centre. You’ll find out about the Kingdom of the Picts, warring Norsemen and the Lords of the Isles as well as why Prince Charles Edward Stuart or Bonnie Prince Charlie chose refuge in the area after the Jacobite defeat at Culloden in 1746.
Borrow one of our Geotrail leaflets and find out more about the variety of geology in the Lochaber Geopark. The trails are car-based and involve six stopping places and short walks—see a different side to the scenery!
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