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Outdoor Activities and Outdoor Providers

Fort William and many other areas of Lochaber provide an amazing range and diversity of outdoor activities including watersports, mountain activities and leisurely outdoor trips

Not much point in calling Fort William and Lochaber - the Outdoor Capital of the UK if there was not an established local industry of businesses providing a range of outdoor activities and experiences for you. So if you want to hike, climb, run, sail, ski, snowboard, cycle, bike, canyon, raft, try quad biking or archery or paint-balling or whatever, you've come to the right place.

We have boat trip providers with Loch Shiel Cruises at Glenfinnan and Souter's Lass on Loch Linnhe with slow leisurely cruises for sight-seeing and spotting local wildlife, or others with fast rigid inflatable rib boats - for an adrenalin rush on the sea; there are people who will take you out on a field trip for photography sessions, or natural history or outdoor skills courses.

Fort William and Lochaber is the undisputed Outdoor Capital for outdoor sports and activities in the UK - that's a fact! There is nowhere else in the British Isles where you can do almost everything from dive in the sea to fly in the air - with all watersports, country sports, cycling and mountain biking activities and of course mountain sports in between.
Come for a relaxing cruise on the Caledonian Canal, ride your bikes in our forest tracks, or what about a game of golf on all four Lochaber golf courses... the Fort William area boasts the widest choices of activities for everyone interested in a holiday in this unspoilt, natural, rural area where hills and glens, rivers and lochs, the sea coastline all offer something to do while enjoying the peace and tranquility. Visit Nevis Range, Fort William's outdoor centre for mountain biking, hill walking and winter snowsports.

Local activity providers offer a great range of activities for families, couples, corporate events and stag & hen weekends. How about white water rafting trips, canyoning, gorge walking, canoeing, kayaking and tons more. Or consider some bushcraft, natural history trips, outdoor craft activities, photography tours - all sorts of outdoor activities in and around Fort William.

The list of businesses below represents the broad range of activity providers in the Fort William and Lochaber area. If you are running an outdoor activity business, add your business today !
If you are looking for an activity - get on the phone or drop them a text - our Lochaber Business Directory customers are waiting to be of service.

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Snowgoose Mountain Centre
The centre's position offers exceptional facilities for watersports enthusiasts of all levels. The Lochaber & Fort William area bounded by an extensive coastal & marine environment. Snowgoose Mountain Centre is surrounded by safe water with easy access to the sheltered tidal waters of Loch Linnhe and access to the open sea down the length of Loch Linnhe beyond Corran Narrows. SEA KAYAKING In the Lochaber area there is a truly amazing variety of inland lochs and coastline offering wide selection of sea kayak trips - offering everything from sheltered paddling journeys on placid lochs with lots of islands to discover, to open tidal water with fast tidal currents. Our beginner sea kayak sessions on Loch Linnhe are a gentle introduction to the effects of paddling on tidal waters. The inland lochs of Loch Lochy and Loch Sheil are also excellent locations for sea kayaking. A little further away protected by hundreds of small tidal islands (known as skerries) is the coastline surrounding Arisaig bay. An ideal spot to begin an adventure. This area is home to a huge variety of marine wildlife with a fair weather option to paddle up the coastline towards Mallaig with fantastic views out the Inner Hebrides. RIVER KAYAKING Our novice kayaking sessions, courses & holidays are initially based on the sheltered open inland waters of Loch Linnhe, Loch Lochy, or Loch Shiel                                With a more experience we can easily progress to the moving water of the rivers Lochy, Oich, and later to the amazing white water of the Roy, Spean, etc. Our favourite spot for beginners on moving water is on Loch Lochy in a wide sheltered open bay with visiting ospreys in the summer – along with small rapids tumbling down from Loch Arkaig a few miles above. Based on the short steep side of the country we have good local access to excellent Grade 111 and above white water rivers which are largely spate in nature, some of which are quite technical in nature. This gives excellent training opportunities for intermediate and advanced white water paddling in a unique environment. OPEN CANOEING. These basic skills sessions are based inland on the more sheltered  Loch Lochy or the tidal waters of Loch Linnhe with also excellent locations to learn the skills of open canoe journeying, for day paddles or with an over night wild camping stop.There are excellent opportunities for overnight expeditions for those with a little more experience - we regularly venture further a field to the tidal waters of Loch Moidart – paddle the Rough Bounds into Arisaig; Loch Sheil; Loch Oich and Loch Arkaig. All of this as well as guided open canoe trips over the 70 mile long Caledonian Canal on the Great Glen Canoe Trail – this being one of the favourites. The idyllic River Oich and Loch Lochy are excellent for an introduction to river paddling in an open canoe  learning  to raft up effectively, lining & poling as well as the opportunity to canoe sail on more advanced courses DINGHY SAILING We have a small fleet of 16' Devon Yawls & 21’ keeled Flying 15 dinghies which can take 4 students plus an instructor. These are all weather dinghies which are fun to sail but also fast and responsive for single handed sailing or a family day out.   There are several options available for Dinghy Sailing with our experienced Instructors from ½ day taster sessions for all the family to 2-3 day sailing & boat handling courses.By the end of a 2 day Beginners course you will have experienced handling the dinghy, sail handling, rope work, be aware of safety on board and  be able to sail as a crew in light winds under supervision. There will be hands on experience of:| The dinghy and its main parts; Basic boat handling – how to sail in all wind directions; Launching & recovery;  weather & meteorology. CANOE AND KAYAK HIRE & THE GREAT GLEN CANOE TRAIL Snowgoose Mountain Centre is well placed at the extreme SW end of the Caledonian Canal for the recently opened Great Glen Canoe Trail. This offers a great opportunity to canoe or kayak along the spectacular Caledonian Canal which runs for nearly 70 miles from near Fort William to Inverness along the very varied stretches of canal as well as the wide open waters of Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and Loch Ness (which are classed as inland seas).We provideGuided canoe & sea kayak trips along the Great Glen Canoe Trail as well as 2 - 5 day expeditions in other fantastic remote and wild locations on the west coast of Scotland. We do not hire our boats to inexperienced paddlersFull open canoe, sea & river kayak hire / outfitting packages including paddles, buoyancy aids, barrels, BDH bottles, dry bags, trolley wheels, etc.  Full camping & expedition equipment hire - plus full information on the best campsites & local services.A full shuttle service for boats & gear to the end of the finish of the Canoe Trail and elsewhere - and free drop of to the top of Neptune's Staircase at Banavie to all our hire customers.  Locally based paddling information and advice when you arrive with us - based on over 30 years of local paddling experience.
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Loch Shiel Cruises
For a unique cruise through one of Scotland’s most remote, beautiful and unspoilt landscapes, take a trip to Glenfinnan. Join local skipper Jim Michie on his lovingly restored 1940 ex-naval harbour launch, who will guide you along this magnificent loch while keeping a close eye out for Golden & Sea Eagles, Red Deer and a variety of Rare Wildlife.   A variety of cruises operate on the Loch. A morning 2 hour run takes you to majestic Glenaladale, former homeland of a notable branch of the Clan MacDonald who were prominent in there support of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s attempt to regain the throne of Britain for his father, the exiled King James. A superb view of the “Jacobite” steam train crossing MacAlpine’s famous 21 arch viaduct can be seen on this cruise.   A 1 hour cruise to the Prince’s Bay will give a you taste of the Loch and its stunning surrounding landscape.   An afternoon 2.5 hour cruise visits Gaskan, where the writer and naturalist Mike Tomkies found the perfect seclusion to study and record the wide variety of his beloved wildlife.   For a great day out go on the Wednesday Loch Cruise which takes you the full length of the Loch to the crofting community of Acharacle where you can have lunch before returning home. This cruise passes the “Green Isle”, ancient sanctuary of St Finan and burial ground for over 1500 years.   Sileas is available  for private charter, be it for weddings, birthdays, corporate or group outings.   Further details on the cruises & timetable can be found on our website.   Don’t miss the boat, this is not just a cruise but an unforgettable experience!   Timetabled Cruises operate on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday Only. Private Charter Available 7 Days/Week April to November. ADVANCE BOOKING ADVISABLE.
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Climb When Youre Ready
Come and explore the steeper side of Lochaber! I provide experienced and friendly guiding and instruction on Ben Nevis and in Glencoe. I specialise in taking and teaching novices climbing and mountaineering. All my days out are bespoke and just for you and your party. Whether you are looking for a guided day out on a spectacular route or to learn/polish up on your own skills to become more independent in the hills and on the rock. Expect to be asked a lot of questions about you and what YOU want from a day out as I'll be trying hard to make it a great experience for YOU! If you are a hillwalker already I can take you onto classic routes such as Ledge Route or Tower Ridge on Ben Nevis or perhaps Curved Ridge or the Aonach Eagach in Glencoe. If you are/aspire to be a rock climber we can do a day locally on the accessible crags of Polldubh or head for a classic route such as Agag's Groove or Adrverikie Wall. I don't hire anyone else so I apologise if I'm not free but I can recommend qualified and experienced colleagues who can give you a great day out locally. Like many of the other qualified local instructors I'm a full member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors and I also train and assess junior Award holders. I hold the highest Mountain Training UK Qualification for roped mountaineering and climbing the Mountain Instructor's Certificate and am fully insured for all the activities I undertake. To find out more about me visit http://www.climbwhenyoureready.com to see what I can do for you.
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iPowerboat - Scotland's Premier Powerboat Center
iPowerboat is Scotland's Premier Powerboat Centre with bases in both Ballachulish and Kinlochleven. FAST BOAT TASTER SESSIONS! YES THAT'S RIGHT I YOU CAN BE DRIVING ONE OF OUR BOATS!! Want to try something different on your holiday? Or need that surge of adrenaline? Then come to iPowerboat! Our taster sessions will take you on a journey on Loch Leven and Loch Linnhe, and we will show you some of the spectacular scenery that the Outdoor Capital of the UK has to offer! Make sure you bring your camera! Our taster sessions may be great fun, but rest assured your safety on board our vessels is never compromised. All crew will be required to wear a lifejacket, it is your choice if you wish to wear waterproofs - we recommend it in this part of the world! Subject to weather conditions, you will be given a marine safety helmet - this will help you keep your eyes open in the rain - and they look cool too! All of our taster sessions are run on a request basis - we have no set sailing times, which allows us to be flexible! This does mean that we can become overwhelmed with bookings on busy days, so book early to avoid disappointment. PRICES One hour taster sessions are £75, and you can bring along up to 2 guests on board for the experience.  ABOUT US iPowerboat is an RYA recognised powerboat training centre in Ballachulish in the heart of the Outdoor Capital of the UK. Providing first class powerboat tuition, you can be sure that you will have a fun and enjoyable course with us! Being one of Scotland's largest powerboat training providers our instructors are trained to the highest standards. During the cold winter months, why not join a RYA theory course, and learn the advanced skills of marine navigation? All of our courses are run from our centre based in South Ballachulish, which is directly underneath the Ballachulish bridge!!! During the warm summer months iPowerboat offers a fun, exciting, and professional RIB ride service. All trips depart from Ballachulish - or a specially arranged trip can leave from Corpach near Fort William. Evening trips are possible subject availability and weather. Booking is essential due to boat availability, trips may have to be postponed or rescheduled due to adverse weather conditions. Please remember to bring warm and waterproof clothing - we will supply you with lifejacket's and other necessary safety equipment. The two most important things to bring with you are your camera and a smile!!! Specially arranged skippered trips are available, should you wish to be dropped off to a peaceful beach, and picked up again later during the day. We are also specialists in providing a commercial safety boat, escort service and commercial powerboat training. Our vessel and skipper are fully licensed, trained and insured to carry out this service. We look forward to seeing you soon! In the meantime please feel free to enquire today. You can also find us on FACEBOOK - www.facebook.com/ipowerboat RYA Powerboat Courses in Lochaber | RYA Theory Course | RIB Rides / Boat Trips | Skippered Charter | Commercial Safety Boat | Commercial Training
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Free Spirit Boat Hire
Free Spirit hire boats are neat clean silent-running electric powered motor boats that are easy to drive and a perfect opportunity to enjoy the peaceful, scenic Caledonian Canal for an hour or two. Couples, car-loads and coach-fulls of all ages are catered for with safety equipment supplied by us.  We are proud members of  Neptune's Staircase Activity Hub, established by Scottish Canals to open the Caledonian Canal up to many more users than ever before. Free Spirit electric boats are the first of their kind on the Scottish Canal network.   SOMETHING TO REFLECT UPON! The opportunities for a day out at Neptune's Staircase are extensive. -A self-drive boating adventure with Free Spirit.  -Refreshments at the Moorings Hotel, at the canal side next to the car park. -Kayak and bike hire from Rockhopper, half way up the lock flight. -Harry Potters Steam Train, from Fort William to Mallaig. A day out in itself. -Or, twenty minutes drive from Free Spirit Boat Hire you could be watching the steam train glide over the now well know Harry Potter flying car bridge atGlenfinnan. (A perfect spot to view from above can be reached via the short path up the hillside to the left and behind the visitor centre there. The monument on the beach across the road is also a must-see.  Before or after all that you might ride the Gondola up to the Golden Goose Cafe at Nevis Ski Range. To mention but a few! Boat Capacity 3 large adults, 4 medium sized adults, family of 5. One adult with 4 to 5 children depending on ages.   We encourage youngsters to steer the boats so they gain valuable experience while on the water. They will enjoy receiving their "I've Been a Free Spirit" badge to mark their achievement.   From wildlife spotting to counting the jumping trout (which you can fish for by the way), steering and navigating, there is an abundance of memorable moments to be enjoyed and taken home.   Couples can share a unique experience together. Families, often three generations in one boat can spend magical moments amid the mountains. Groups of friends always come back in our boats pleasantly surprised at how nippy they are. Were they racing!?   Group bookings attract discounted hourly rates. We offer children's birthday party and school trip packages.    Directions Heading north out of Fort William on the A82, turn left at the Ben Nevis Distillery, onto the A830 Mallaig road. One mile down, cross the Caledonian Canal and turn first right into Banavie to find ample parking. Free Spirit boats launch from the pontoon just beyond Top Lock, 2 minutes walk from the car park. Just follow our signs.    Opening Hours 10:00-17:00 7 days a week during school summer holidays. Otherwise weekends; and at any other time by arrangement. Telephone bookings are easy to make. If we can we will!  Read more about: Terms and conditions can be read here  Reviews  Up to date Facebook 
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Wild West
Wild West - Wildlife safaris and scenic tours in wild places Wild West offer a selection of wildlife safaris and Scenic tours based in the Lochaber area. See Scotland's " Big Five", Photograph red deer or discover the landscapes and legends of the Scottish highlands.  The following is a selection of safaris and scenic tours available with Wild West  BOOK NOW The Big Five Scotland’s big five of golden eagle, red deer, red squirrel, otter and harbour seal can all be found within 25 miles of Fort William and on this safari, it’s possible to see them all on the same day.  The trip runs every Wednesday and includes a 2 hour cruise on Loch Shiel, taking you into the heart of some of Scotland’s wildest country. Cruises/boat trips can be included in full day safaris on other days, by request. Cost: Adults £94.00, Child £57.00 Book online at Wild West - The Big Five Photo safaris Wild West guide Ian MacLeod is an experienced semi professional photographer. Red deer photo safaris are a speciality with groups of deer gathering close to the roads in quiet glens over the winter, with spectacular backdrops. Safaris to photograph other species or landscapes can also be arranged.  All photo safaris are offered on a private basis. Cost: £175.00 for a four hour trip, up to 6 people depending on subject. Find out more... The Wee Safari For those just looking for a taster in wildlife watching close to their base Wild West offer scheduled safaris on Monday and Thursday afternoons and Lochaber. We find red deer and seals on most trips and regularly spot otters Trips last 3.5 - 4 hours Cost: Adult £39.00, under 16 £24.00 Book online The Wee Safari  Deer rut From late September until the end of October one of the highlights of the wildlife calendar, the red deer rut takes place. During this period the stags compete to mate with groups of hinds in a testosterone charged spectacle. Rut safaris are available daily throughout this period with the option of a dawn trip to catch the best of the action. Cost: Adult £39.00, under 16 £24.00  Book your rut safari Landscapes and Legends Wild West offer a selection of Scenic and historical tours throughout the Lochaber region, starting from Fort William. Stand in the remains of an ancient volcano, hear tales of terrible massacres, follow int he footsteps of the stars or simply listen to the silence. For more details of these trips and to book, visit Wild West' Landscapes and legends.  BOOK NOW OR ENQUIRE If you don't see what you are looking for in the choices above, please ask. Wild West happy to help you develop your own unique wildlife safari or scenic tour
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