Things to do

The Nevis Range Mountain Experience

 

The Nevis Range offers the mountain Gondola, Snowsports, Mountain Biking, Walking and Tree Adventures. You can also hire bikes to explore the myriad of amazing trails.

 

The Gondola is the only one of its kind in Britain and reaches the heights of 650m.  It was built on the north face of Aonach Mòr, the 8th highest mountain in Britain, originally as a way to transport skiers to the slopes.  The Mountain Gondola has become an amazing visitor attraction, allowing visitors to enjoy the scenic ride and absorb the stunning views and clear mountain air.  It is also widely used as a short cut by climbers to the many challenging winter climbing routes on Aonach Mòr and by hill walkers to access summer routes.  During the summer mountain bikers who ride the exciting & challenging downhill tracks use the Gondola for uplift as do paragliders on their journey to the clouds. The Snowgoose Restaurant is sited on the mountain close to the arrival point of the Gondola and from its unique vantage point, offers unparalleled views.

The Jacobite Steam Train

 

Described as the greatest railway journey in 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!

 

The train stops en route to Mallaig at the village of Glenfinnan, where the famous Harry Potter viaduct receives thousands of visitors every year. Beyond Glenfinnan are the beautiful villages of Lochailort, Arisaig, Morar and Mallaig. You may alight at Arisaig by request to the guard. From here, on a clear summer's day, you can see the "Small Isles" of Rum, Eigg, Muck, Canna and the southern tip of Skye. The train continues on from here passing Morar and the silvery beaches used in the films "Highlander" and "Local Hero".

Laggan Wolftrax

 

Over 20 miles of purpose-built trails wind through Laggan Forest, with superb views of the Monadhliath hills on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park. There are routes from an easy-going green trail to a black run that’s probably the most technical bit of single-track in Scotland. In the bike park you can ride big berms and tabletop jumps. It may be tucked away in a remote corner of the Highlands, but with a new cafe and top-notch enduro trails, Laggan Wolftrax is well worth the journey.

Rockhopper Sea Kayaking

 

The area around Fort William is rich in wildlife and you may be lucky enough to encounter seals, otters, basking sharks and a huge variety of coastal birds. Whether you are new to water sports or experienced in sea kayaking, Rockhopper  will provide an unforgettable experience. Families, groups and individuals are all welcome. Please check out some of their trip advisor reviews to get a taste of what’s in store.

Many of Rockhopper’s trips take place around The Sound of Arisaig and Glenuig area, these are well known as some of the finest destinations to paddle in the country.

Glencoe National Nature Reserve

 

You must visit the eco-friendly visitor centre - the gateway to exploring Glencoe. Follow in the footsteps of the Clan MacDonald and the tragic Massacre of 1692… Get close to nature with their rangers on a wildlife Land Rover Safari … Climb (or just admire) one of the eight Munro mountains that tower above the glen.

 

No description can re-create the impact of seeing Glencoe for the first time. It has long been one of the most famous places in Scotland, known equally for its awe-inspiring views and sorrowful past.

 

Glencoe is a place of history, wildlife, adventure and myth. The mountains were formed through violent volcanic eruptions, and then sculpted by massive glaciers. Fingal, the legendary Celtic hero, is said to have made his home among these towering mountains, while his poet son, Ossian, found inspiration in the landscape.

Achnacarry Sporting & Country Pursuits

 

Achnacarry Sporting & Country Pursuits is based on Achnacarry Estate, in the Highlands of Scotland 7 miles from Spean Bridge.

 

There is a wide range of activities to suit all interests and abilities, including wildlife excursions, sightseeing & photography tours, hill walks, shooting, fishing and much more.

 

The area is steeped in history, with connections to the Clan Cameron, Bonnie Prince Charlie, The Commandos and lots of local interest.  Guided tours are conducted by locals who have had ties with the estate for many generations and their experience and knowledge of the area is unsurpassed.

 

All those involved in this newly formed company have many years of experience.  They will endeavour to show you the best sporting and country pursuits that Scotland has to offer.

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The West Highland Museum, Fort William

 

Situated in the High Street in the heart of Fort William, The West Highland Museum's collections tell the story of the region and its history. Its most renowned and unusual collection relates to Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite cause. But it also holds a wealth of curious and fascinating collections relating to less well-known aspects of the lives of the people of the West Highlands, from the effects of political warfare, to the economic impact of tourism in the region, and the coming of the industrial and modern age.

Treasures of the Earth

 

Treasures Of The Earth (in Corpach, Fort William) is a private collection of Crystals, Gemstones and Fossils. Founded over 20 years ago by a father and son team following their keen interest in all things Geology.

Previously a Catholic Church, the building has since been turned into one of Europe’s largest collections of Crystals, Gemstones & Fossils.

Neptune’s Staircase and the Canal, Banavie, Fort William

 

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 locks.

 

The flight of eight locks is known as Neptune's Staircase, and is very popular with visitors. The locks were built in the early 1800s as part of the Caledonian Canal, which opened in 1847 and was planned by Thomas Telford. They descend a height of 19.5 metres in a horizontal distance of 457 metres and take ninety minutes for a boat to pass through.

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