All around Fort William & Lochaber, the Outdoor Capital of the UK, there is stunning scenery, historic places and geological wonders to be explored. On the Outdoor Capital Website you’ll find masses of info with something to suit everyone, from extreme sports to gentle walks! Here are just a few suggestions from us:
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
Let Britain’s only mountain gondola at the Nevis Range transport you effortlessly to 650m. Explore the Discovery Centre, relax in the restaurant & bar, or wander along the footpaths to the mountain viewpoints. Pinemarten Restaurant at base. Closed mid November for 4 weeks.
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. Open Easter to October.
Take one of the great railway journeys of the world on the Jacobite Steam Train, otherwise know as the Hogwart’s Express! In peak times, book ahead for this popular train journey. May to October only.
Take a day trip to the unforgettable Isle Of Skye, marvel at the stark rise of the jagged Cuillin mountains, wonder at the Old Man of Storr and have your picture taken by Kilt Rock.
Be entertained by stories, folklore, history and much, much more when you choose 1DayTours. In the company of a knowledgeable guide whose ‘mission’ it is to give you an unforgettable day.
If climbing Ben Nevis isn’t your thing, there are lots of easier spectacular walks around too. Check out the WalkHighlands website for info.
Take a day trip on board the MV Sheerwater to visit the islands of Eigg, Muck or Rum. With your skipper, Ronnie, you’ll have the very best opportunity to spot Minke Whales, Dolphins, Porpoise, Basking Sharks, Otters, Puffins and Shearwaters. Trips leave Arisaig daily from April to September.
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!
Visit the award winning Glencoe Visitor Centre and see the exciting interactive exhibition ’Living on the Edge’ to find out about the landscape, wildlife and history of this famous glen.
Glide through the clear waters of Loch Linnhe on the ‘Souter’s Lass’ and listen to the skipper’s unique and entertaining commentary. Marvel at the stunning majesty of the southern slopes of Ben Nevis, be sure to take a camera!
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.
Discover the secrets of making whisky at the Ben Nevis Distillery and visit the Legend of the Dew of Ben Nevis Visitor Centre, built into an old warehouse dating back to 1862.
With a long and bloody history, the atmospheric ruins of Urquhart Castle was once one of Scotland’s mightiest strongholds. It’s strategic location on the dark waters of Loch Ness, gave it a key role in the Scottish battle for independence. Explore the remains of the kitchens, gatehouse and cellars which provided refuge to families under threat and siege. Great Visitor Centre with fascinating display of artefacts and an audio visual presentation which tells the castle’s history (available in 6 languages). Also a café and shop. Open all year.
You’ll find a fascinating range of exhibits including The Massacre of Glencoe, Agriculture, Costume, Medicine & Toys at the Glencoe & North Lorn Folk Museum, Glencoe’s hidden gem of a museum.
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.
Let your mind wander and let your senses be overwhelmed on a five star Jacobite Cruise. As you cruise on Loch Ness, watch the reflection of the scenic surroundings dance and sparkle on the mysterious waters. Sail past the historical ruins of Urquhart Castle, learn the myths for which the Loch is renowned. There’s a wide range of cruises leaving from either Inverness or The Clansman Hotel Harbour.
Board your vehicle for an exciting adventure safari. Explore Glen Garry and remote Loch Quoich with photographer Ian MacLeod of Wild West Safaris. Or be transported through Glencoe, going slightly off the beaten track. You’ll leave from the award-winning Glencoe Visitor Centre and along the way you’ll find out about the fascinating history, geology and wildlife of this fantastic area.
View LIVE nest cameras on the White-Tailed Sea Eagles, Barn Owls and Herons in the new Wildlife Hub at The View & Co cafe near Castle Stalker. You can also see an acclaimed wildlife film in their mini IMAX theatre. It's a unique attraction not to be missed! The brilliant cafe serves fantastic coffees, home baking and lunches. You can also take a short boat trip (booking essential) to Castle Stalker picturesquely set on a tidal islet on Loch Laich. The castle is most famously known as Castle Aaaaaaargh from Monty Python’s cult classic The Holy Grail.
There’s no better place to spot Golden Eagles, Red Deer, Black-Throated Divers as well as other rare wildlife than on an Eagle-Watch Cruise. On the stunning, sheltered waters of Loch Shiel you’ll not only find out about the wildlife, but about the history of this special, remote and unspoiled part of the Highlands. Member of ‘Wild Scotland’.
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.
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!!!
Experience a landscape traversed by Giants, Goddesses, Kings and Commoners. Climb aboard the MARA for a cruise on Scotland’s most beautiful sea loch! Contact Donald of Loch Etive Cruises on 01866 822430 or 07721 732703 to book 2-3 hour cruises from Easter to Christmas.
Leave the car behind and head to the islands for a perfect day out. Enjoy spectacular scenery as you travel from Fort William to the Isle of Skye, Mull, Iona or the small isles of Rum, Eigg, Canna and Muck. Take a look at www.calmac.co.uk for sailings and prices.
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.
Visit Darwin's Rest Coffee shop at the Lochaber Geopark hub right in the centre of Roy Bridge. It is at the base of one of Scotland's most famous Geosites, the Parallel Roads. There is a cafe, a craft shop, information point and a small display about Darwin and his connection to the geological feature know as the Parallel Roads.
Drop in to the multi-award winning, Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition Experience at Drumnadrochit. This five star exhibition tells the unique story of Loch Ness, a spectacular freshwater phenomenon steeped in centuries of history and heritage.
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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