Out & About
Fort William is the Outdoor Capital of the UK and is surrounded by beautiful scenery, whatever time of year you visit. You can enjoy the tranquility of Glen Nevis, the magnificence of Ben Nevis, and the beauty Loch Linnhe right on our doorstep or travel further afield to Glencoe, Loch Ness and Loch Lomond, all within 1 or 2 hour's drive. Fort William has an 18 hole (Par 72) golf course which, as well as being a challenging course to play, has some of the finest views of the area from its fairways and tees. In addition, there are 9 hole courses at Spean Bridge (8 miles) Fort Augustus (32 miles) and Arisaig (35 miles).
There are many forest walks and gentle hill walks around the area including walks around the Nevis Range ski area (during the summer), which are reached by taking the Gondola to the top station. The Nevis Range website and the local Tourist Information Centre will provide more detailed information.
Long Distance Walking
Fort William is at the end of the West Highland Way which runs from Milgavie near Glasgow and travels 95 miles through some of the most beautiful scenery in Scotland and at the start of the Great Glen Way which is is 73 miles in length and runs from Fort William, in the west, to Inverness, in the east, with spectacular views and historical and natural heritage to be discovered all along the way.
Cycling and Mountain Biking
Fort William and the surrounding area has miles of forest tracks offering gentle family cycling as well as the largest downhill mountain bike track in Britain – not for the faint hearted! Cycles can be hired from local outlets such as Off-Beat Bikes
Ski-ing and Snowboarding
When the conditions are right, Nevis Range offers some of the best skiing and snowboarding in Scotland right on our doorstep. The Gondola runs continuously all day (except when closed for annual maintenance between mid-November and mid-December each year) to whisk you to the top station and the slopes. Visit the Nevis Range website for more detailed information.
Walking and Climbing
Alan Kimber of West Coast Mountain Guides has an extensive website giving information about mountain guiding services and more.
Full size ten-pin bowling is available at The Nevis Centre just a short walk from the Lodge and Lochaber Leisure Centre has a large heated swimming pool, a fully equipped gym and steam room and sauna. Perfect activities for a wet day or just to help you relax at the end of a busy day.
Take a trip aboard “Souter's Lass” and cruise down Loch Linnhe to Seal Island and beyond.
Loch Shiel Cruises
Unique wildlife/historical cruises from Glenfinnan and Acharacle on remote, beautiful and unspoiled Loch Shiel - accessible only by boat. Regular sightings of Red Deer, Golden Eagles and other rare birds.
The Ice Factor
As well as being the biggest indoor ice climbing facility in the world, the Ice Factor features the UK 's largest articulated rock climbing wall and a competition-standard bouldering hall, making it the perfect place to practise, train and learn every conceivable mountaineering skill