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Boat Cruises & charter in Fort William, Lochaber & Loch Ness

The Fort William website provides info about boat cruises, boat hire, boat charter on the west coast of Scotland, Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal

The Fort William and Lochaber area, as well as the Loch Ness and Caledonian Canal region, has a number of operators who run boat cruise trips, cruising holidays, boat and yacht charter. The west coast of Scotland provides the best offshore cruising in the UK, and the Great Glen is a huge inland waterway connecting Fort William with Inverness and the North Sea.

At Fort William, Souter's Lass cruises down Loch Linnhe, Loch Eil and offers short cruises on the Caledonian Canal. Out at Glenfinnan, Loch Shiel Cruises provides scenic boat trips down Loch Shiel to Acharacle and from Mallaig, West Coast Cruises offers sea cruises on the Sound of Sleat and Loch Nevis to Inverie, and operate one of the local ferries. Arisaig Marine also operate a boat trip out to Eigg, Rhum and Muck.

In Glencoe iPower and SeaXplore operate large covered fast RIB craft for wildlife trips on Loch Leven and Loch Linnhe.

From Fort Augustus, Cruise Loch Ness operate a leisurely cruise on Loch Ness and also a fast, exhilarating powerboat trip to Urquhart Castle.

One of the most relaxing ways to enjoy Highland scenery is to take a boat trip or cruise, so make an effort to get out and enjoy the scenery and fresh air !

In 2021 Fort William will have a 40 berth marina for visiting and local boats at the entrance to the Caledonian Canal operated by Caol regeneration Company - a local charity based in the village of Caol.

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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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Lochaber Guides
At Lochaber Guides we pride ourselves in offering our clients a unique and unforgettable experience in the Scottish Mountains. From meeting you at the start of your trip to taking the final few steps, our highly experienced, professional and qualified guides will be there to look after you and give you a trip to remember! We specialise in guided ascents of Ben Nevis: For those wishing to take a walking route to the summit, we can guide you on the Mountain Track or the more challenging but spectacular Carn Mor Dearg Arete. We also offer guiding on some of the classic mountaineering/scrambling routes on Ben Nevis such as Ledge Route and the outstanding Tower Ridge ! For those wishing to do some rock climbing on the UK’s highest mountain, North East Buttress  and Observatory Ridge are fantastic routes to the summit. In nearby Glencoe, the spiritual home of Scottish Mountaineering, we can offer guiding on some of the areas classic scrambles such as Curved Ridge on Buachaille Etive Mor or the (in)famous Aonach Eagach Ridge! As well as these technical routes, we can guide you on walks in Glencoe to suit all levels of experience. We run courses in Hill skills, for those taking their first steps into the hills, as well as courses in scrambling, for the walkers who wish to become mountaineers! We also offer courses in Rock Climbing for all levels, ranging form beginners, to those wishing to lead multi-pitch climbs.   Further afield, we can guide you on the mighty Cuillin Ridge on Skye with days ranging from bagging the Munros, some classic scrambles or the full Cuillin Ridge Traverse. Winter We offer a full range of winter courses, from Winter Walking to Winter Mountaineering and Winter Climbing. -Guided Ice and Winter Climbing and well as instructed courses -The popular Ben Nevis in Winter trip -Guided Munro walking -Winter Skills Courses- 1 day or 2 day or tailor made -Ben Nevis Winter Weekend- a day of skills followed by a day climbing the UK's Highest Peak in Winter! Lochaber Guides is run by Dave Anderson. Dave holds the WMCI (Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor) Mountain Training UK's highest qualification. More importantly though, he is super friendly and has a true passion for the mountains and his enthusiasm shines through. Whether you are new to the mountains or experienced we are here to help you fulfil your goals in a safe, friendly and professional way. Adventure Awaits... www.lochaber-guides.co.uk     
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The Carter Company
Choosing a cycle tour is a unique (and we think the best!) way to discover Fort William, and the Highlands beyond. The Carter Company offers a stunning 8 night guided cycling holiday, with set departure dates, which starts and ends in Fort William. The Scottish Highlands are world renowned for their stunning scenery and the west coast, where this tour begins, features peaceful and idyllic lochs, majestic mountains in Ben Nevis, the dramatic Glencoe Pass, and a coastline dotted with a myriad of islands. The Outer Hebrides are some of the most remote, with astonishingly beautiful white sandy beaches and isolated dwellings. Linked by a string of ferry hops, the tour also featured the inner Hebridean island of Skye before returning to the mainland town of Fort William. You might think that, alas, this is not the place for gentle cycling. And you would be correct - but for the vehicle support we provide as part of this guided tour. We have created an itinerary where you can avoid cycling any big, or even medium, sized hills and any main roads. We are very pleased with the route we have designed and its close historical links with the infamous Bonnie Prince Charlie, its blend of castles, local crafts, fishing culture and seafood and its unsurpassed landscapes. We know that you will be pleased too - this is a unique experience not to be missed! On this tour, you will cycle with your Scottish host and guide who will share his local knowledge and make sure a fun time is had by all. Our driver will be sweeping your route and providing vehicle support along the way as well as fixing any bike problems and generally adding to the fun.
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Photography Courses & Field Trips
Learn to take better digital photographs on one of our photography courses. Digital photography is a fantastic, well-developed medium for capturing great photographs and video. Its never been easier to take good photos - with a little help and advice. I offer personal One-2-One photography courses, tuition and excursions in and around the Fort William and Ben Nevis area to anyone who wishes to learn more about their digital camera, and who wants to take better photographs. If your interest is in landscape photography or video; portrait photography or outdoor sports photography, I can help you get the best out of your camera. Each field trip can be tailored to suit individual needs. I can arrange 2-3 hour photography field trips for up to 3 persons. If you have a DSLR camera and a tripod, one of my short photography courses could be just for you. If you don't have a DSLR just yet, I can provide advice about these and offer you the chance to take photos with a Canon 5D and a variety of lenses and equipment. Photography Field Trip for 1 person: £85.00 Photography Field Trip for 2 persons: £150.00 Photography Field Trip for 3 persons: £195.00 During the photography field trip I will show you how to control camera aperture and shutter speeds; help you understand how to work with depth of field; understand working with different focal length lenses; show you how to improve photo composition; demonstrate how to tweak your photographs afterwards. I can provide Gift Vouchers if you would like to gift a Photography Field Trip for a friend or relative. If you would like to book B&B or self catering in a superb photo location, and at the same time as your field trip, I can provide this at our well established Woodside B&B Fort William. I can offer two ensuite bedrooms, a personalised breakfast of your choice and private, secluded parking - plus a view of Ben Nevis to die for...
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Kirkhope Mountaineering
Based at the foot of Ben Nevis and with Glencoe and Skye not too far away, Kirkhope mountaineering is perfectly placed to help you with your next adventure. We offer Guided walks of Ben Nevis with a Ben Nevis Guide, via the Tourist path or Guided Ben Nevis climbs on classic routes such as Ledge Route and Tower Ridge on its magnificent North face. The world-famous Glencoe is only 30 mins away and has some of the most accessible scrambling and rock climbing in Scotland. Popular classics include a day out with a Curved Ridge Guide, a Guided traverse of the Aonach Eagach and Agag's Groove. Ben Nevis Guided Walks are very popular and we can accommodate any size group and even help you plan your trip if you are organising a charity event. Summer is the season for our Skye Cuillin Munros Courses and for Guided traverses of the Skye Cuillin Ridge. We offer Guided Rock climbing and Rock Climbing courses on the west coast of Scotland During the winter months, we offer Scottish Winter Climbing Courses and Winter Mountaineering Courses in the Glencoe and Ben Nevis area. Guided Winter Climbing is very popular and is available for single or multi-day courses. Please feel free to get in touch to discuss your plans or if you would like some advice to help you plan your next adventure. [email protected] For a full list of what we can offer please visit www.kirkhopemountaineering.co.uk below is a list of just some of our most popular courses. • Scrambling • Rock climbing • Ben Nevis guided walks • Skye Cuillin courses • Mountain biking • Glencoe guided scrambles
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Vertical Fever
Whether tackling Ben Nevis, traversing the mighty Skye Cuillin Ridge or scaling giant Himalayan summits. Vertical Fever delivers bespoke mountain instruction, guiding and expeditions providing you with a safe and rewarding adventure in the mountains. Mountain Instructor & Guide, Fort William, Scotland Vertical Fever is a friendly, professional mountain guiding company run by qualified Mountaineering Instructor, Steve Holmes. More than anything we pride ourselves on the high quality of the guiding and training we provide. In busy periods we occasionally use other qualified Instructors and Mountain Guides known personally to us to ensure we deliver that high quality and continue to help turn your dreams and ambitions into reality. Vertical Fever is based out of Fort William, where we enjoy excellent access to the UK’s highest mountain; Ben Nevis. Standing at a lofty 1345m above sea level, ‘The Ben’ dominates the skyline just a couple of miles South East of Fort William. It is here our mountain guides and instructors spend most of their time be that on the huge multi-pitch rock climbs or world renown snow and ice climbs. • Guided Walks to the Summit of Ben Nevis • Guided 'Open Group' Ascent of Tower Ridge, Ben Nevis • Rock Climbing, Mountaineering and Scrambling on Ben Nevis  • Scottish Winter Climbing and Mountaineering on Ben Nevis and Glencoe Vertical Fever also operates in the surrounding area of Glencoe where there are many classic routes to challenge the aspiring mountaineer. Glencoe is possibly most famous for housing the best mainland ridge in the UK; the Aonach Eagach. At nearly 10km long with exposed sections of scrambling and climbing, this iconic route should be on everyone’s ‘to do list’. • Guided 'Open Group 'Traverse of Aonach Eagach • Rock Climbing, Mountaineering and Scrambling in and around Glencoe A large portion of Vertical Fevers Spring / Summer season is spent on the atmospheric Isle of Skye where mountaineers take on the challenge of Scotland’s toughest summits and most iconic mountaineering challenge the Skye Cuillin Traverse. These technical mountains are not for the faint-hearted, why not allow one of our mountain guides or instructors to safeguard some of that risk and make your adventure all that more enjoyable. • Guided Traverse of the Skye Cuillin Ridge • Guided day ascents of Skye Cuillin Mountains Occasionally, we also offer amazing expeditions to faraway places such as Africa and the Nepalese Himalaya, please browse the Adventure section of the website to see if one of our local Fort William mountain guides or instructors can provide you with an amazing experience which you will savour for a lifetime. • Worldwide Expeditions
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