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Fort William and Lochaber outdoor activity providers

Outdoor capital Fort William offers mountain biking, snow sports, cycling, white water canoeing, paddling, sailing, scottish mountaineering,

Over the past few years, a growing number of outdoor activity providers have set up exciting new businesses to offer the visitor a range of unique, outdoor experiences in the Fort William & Lochaber area. Fort William offers snow sports, white water rafting, canyonning, kayaking, the best of Scottish mountaineering, sailing, and of course walking and climbing.
 
Guided walking, mountaineering guides, water-sports, paint-balling, hang-gliding, mountain biking, mountain craft, cycling, fly-fishing excursions and boat trips are just a few of the variety of activities you can try in the Fort William area.. Listings below provide details of outdoor activities on offer from local activity providers in the Fort William and Lochaber area.
 
 If you don't feel like over-exerting yourself, you could hire a local Fort William tour guide who will take you to many wonderful places where you can get out and walk about, savour the clean, unpolluted air, take a photo or two and have a more relaxing sort of day.

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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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Abacus Mountain Guides
Abacus Mountain Guides provide world class mountain adventures on the west coast of Scotland. With the highest qualifications in Mountaineering and Mountain Biking, plus twenty years of experience, we deliver expert coaching and guiding in the mountains. Choose Your Adventure! Ben Nevis group walks and private guides. Summer and winter hillwalking. Bothy adventures to a number of nearby bothies. Mountain Bike skills coaching and guiding. Guided scrambles such as the CMD Arete and Aonach Eagach. Rock climbing on classic climbs such as Tower Ridge, Ben Nevis. Abacus Mountain Guides Activities May to September 2016 Every Wednesday - Ben Nevis Guided Walk - £70 Every Saturday - Ben Nevis Guided Walk - £70 This is your chance to join a group to reach the summit of the UK's highest hill. Individuals or groups are welcome to join us but advance booking is recommended. As well as leading the way your guide will look after you and show you the unique environment of the mountain, its geology and history. http://www.abacusmountainguides.com/ben-nevis.html Hill walking, scrambling, rock climbing and mountain biking are available for individuals or small groups on any day of the week by arrangement. Get in touch and let us know what you'd like to do. We specialise in providing exactly what you want. Creating the perfect trip for you based on the prevailing weather and conditions, your previous experience and aspirations, is our challenge and what gives us the most satisfaction. Instruction and guiding in hill walking, mountaineering, scrambling, rock climbing and Scottish winter climbing, and mountain biking. Be inspired by your private mountain guide in the best hills in Scotland, Ben Nevis, Glen Coe and Skye. Customer Testimonials "Booked with Abacus on a 3 day mountaineering course and from start to finish it was fantastic. Communication from Sally keeps you up to speed with the whole process of your booking and what's to come. Our guide Scott was excellent very easy going yet you felt completely in safe hands his knowledge and manner made learning simple and his explanations will remain with me.  The trip could not have been better and I cannot recommend Abacus enough. Top service from a top team." - Scott "Out with Mike Pescod for a few days winter climbing last week. What can i say i have been using Abacus for progressing my winter climbing skills for a few years now, and each and every outing is amazing. A true professional and a pleasure to climb with, local knowledge and enthusiasm from Mike is remarkable. Don't miss out!" - Mick "A great day out with fantastic weather, a really friendly, knowledgeable guide Rich. Cannot find fault, great service start to finish, will be back Thank you!" - Paul
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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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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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Traigh Golf Course
Traigh Golf Course welcome visitors and is “Probably the most beautifully sited nine hole Golf Course in the world” (says The Scotsman newspaper).  It was recently made world famous by a large sinkhole that opened up on the course. The sinkhole has now been safely repaired and the course is playing better than ever - complete with a new grassy bunker! Traigh Golf Course is known as "one of the most scenic golf courses in Scotland" (say BBC) and is located 40 miles west of Fort William. The word Traigh (pronounced “Try”) means beach in gaelic, and the course lies beside sandy beaches and rocky islets, with spectacular views to the islands of Eigg and Rhum, and to the Cuillins of Skye. Golf has been played at Traigh since about 1900, but the old layout was rather cramped, and the course was enlarged and greatly improved in 1994. It was redesigned by the well known golf architect Mr. John Salvesen, with assistance from Mr. James MacDonald, Head Greenkeeper at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, who is a native of Arisaig. The feature of the course is a line of grassy hills, originally sand dunes, which rise some sixty feet, and the first hole demands a skilful tee shot to the top. At the second, a long drive is needed, to get from one summit to the next. The third drops down towards the beach, while the fourth passes between two gorse covered hills to a beautifully positioned green. The fifth hole crosses a broad burn - broader still at high tide - and the sixth comes back across the burn in a tricky dogleg par four The seventh - which was the location of the sinkhole - is a long par five, while the eighth climbs back to the top of the hill, and the glorious view, and the ninth drops down again to the beach and the clubhouse. Golfers Information Visitors are always welcome. Clubs are available for hire. Golf clubs, balls, tees, gloves and clothing are on sale at the clubhouse. Advance booking is only required for larger parties. Fees should be paid at the clubhouse, or if it is closed put in the Honesty Box. How to find us Traigh lies two miles north of Arisaig, six miles south of Mallaig and forty miles west of Fort William. Take the A830 main road to Arisaig, then follow the coastal road (B8008) two miles north. There is a signpost to the course on the A830. Park across the road from the white Clubhouse. Visit Fort William also recommends Fort William Golf Club, Spean Bridge Golf Club and the Dragon's Tooth course at Ballachulich
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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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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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Snowgoose Mountain Centre
From the aspiring novice to the more advanced mountaineer Snowgoose Mountain Centre offers the perfect introduction, course, mountain guiding or holiday of a lifetime. This is whether you want an introduction to rock climbing & abseiling, learn to lead on  rock, develop your navigational skills or tackle big mountaineering routes in summer or winter. Maybe you will want to extend your summer mountain activities into autumn and winter by getting to grip with the skills needed to take on winter walking, winter mountaineering then snow and ice climbing. Our aim is always to introduce  our clients to the  fundamental  hill and mountain skills or develop those they have already so that they can independently progress their mountaineering expertise through out the year from summer into winter mountaineering. • Winter Mountaineering and Ice Climbing Courses are run at this fantastic time of year in the Scottish Highlands by Snowgoose Mountain Centre when the hills and mountains are covered with snow and ice. Our skills based winter courses for climbing, mountaineering and guiding are delivered in the mountains around the Ben Nevis and Glencoe areas in a convenient location four  miles from Fort William. We deliver courses in basic ice axe & crampon techniques, avalanche awareness, through to advanced winter climbing courses. Complete winter novices are introduced to the basic winter walking skills needed to travel in the mountains of the Scottish Highlands safely in winter  giving a solid skills base. •  A wide range of mountain based skills coaching, courses, guiding & holidays are on offer throughout the spring, summer and early autumn suited to the needs of individuals, families, & groups. Our courses & holiday are led only by local, friendly , professionally qualified and experienced course leaders, instructors & guides based largely on “the Ben” Nevis, Glen Nevis, Glen Coe, Creag Meaghidh, Ardgour and Kintail areas. If you are new to mountain based activities and our area  then why not join a group or book a guide to do the ascent of the UK’s highest mountain – Ben Nevis. An iconic day out on the mountains – which ever way you do it. We cater from absolute beginners wanting a leisurely mountain walk to those requiring an in depth refresher before taking a qualification assessment. Our rock climbing courses provide a logical progression from indoor wall climbing to Classic Munro, Rock, Ridge mountain routes. Participants going on overseas, high altitude trekking holidays find that our courses – summer or winter – are an excellent value preparation for such expeditions. Snowgoose Mountain Centre is an AALS licensed centre (Adventure Activities Licensing Authority) and a DofE AAP (Approved Activity Provider) for Expeditions and Residentials.  John Cuthbertson holds the MIC (Mountain Instructors Certificate) which is the highest UK based mountain instructor's qualification. He is a also an Accredited Gold DofE Assessor for walking & paddling expeditions.
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