Simply The Best
For climbers, walkers, bikers, paddlers, skiers and anyone else for that matter, it’s not so much a journey to Lochaber, as a pilgrimage.
To describe and explain all the outdoor activities one could do in Lochaber is impossible on one page, or two, or possibly a whole website (though the Outdoor Capital of the UK give it a good try). Below we’ve put together a taster of what goes on, and where, to whet the appetite.
Outdoor rock climbing, of a traditional sort mainly, is never more than a short drive away, and in the case of Glen Nevis some of Scotland’s best roadside craging is to be found just minutes from the carpark. Towering multipitch cliffs in most of the big mountains make for unforgettable days out.
Don’t know how to climb but want to give it a go? There are plenty of guides in the area who can show you the ropes…
Canoeing, sea kayaking, canyoning – it’s all here. There are numerous sea and inland lochs and rivers in Lochaber, and the Caledonian Canal starts just 4 miles from Fort William, providing an amazing paddling experience. There are local guiding companies that will take you on to almost untouched beaches and hidden treasures in the small isles, lochs and along the Great Glen.
With part of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup hosted in the Nevis Range it’s no surprise to find a chocolate box selection of trails to choose from. The Nevis Range gondola brings you to a height of 2,150 feet where you can immediately start enjoying the downhill. There’s also a fantastic amount of forestry trails for cross country biking, the Great Glen Way to Inverness and of course road biking.
With two ski centres in Lochaber, it’s the best place to get a cheap UK skiing holiday. Glencoe Mountain Resort and Nevis Range Mountain Resort have lift access and plenty to do. Check out www.nevisrange.co.uk and www.glencoemountain.com for more details.
Winter Mountaineering/Ice Climbing
Lochaber never looks more impressive or more intimidating than when its great mountains are buried under Snow. The North Face Of Ben Nevis is a honey pot for winter climbers, drawing people in from all corners of the UK. With many of the best routes in the country found here, with graders for all levels, it’s time to book a winter break…. And if you need a guide there are plenty nearby.