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About life in Lochaber

Lochaber Life - about people living in one of the most rural areas in the British Isles - Fort William demographics

Fort William and Glen Nevis is an important part in the Outdoor Capital of the UK - hardly surprising when you consider the highest mountain in the British Isles towers behind our small Highland town and community. Fort William is a key destination for people wishing to take part or spectate in world class outdoor sporting activities. This area is unique in that almost all major, recognised sports can be enjoyed like diving in our coastal waters to kayaking or sailing on the seas and lochs to climbing many of the highest mountains in the British Isles - and lots of activities in between.

We use the name "Outdoor Capital of the UK" to describe the potential for outdoor activities set amidst beautiful and mostly wild landscapes which we know locally as Fort William and Lochaber. Fort William and Lochaber is an outdoor adventure playground and increasingly this involves outdoor adventure and tourism. But equally important it is a place where people also live and work, go to schools and choose to retire to this area.,

Let us explain this word "Lochaber". Lochaber is the name given to a huge area of the Scottish west Highlands that includes Glencoe, Fort William & Glen Nevis, Ben Nevis, a good part of the Great Glen and much of Glen Spean, the Road to the Isles including Mallaig, the Ardnamurchan peninsula and in the north, the lands of Knodart. Some of the key historical-political moments in the UK occurred in this area.

Check the activity providers on our Outdoor Activities section of this site. We also consider "Outdoor Capital" to describe all the traditional activities like highland games, touring by car, motorcycle or bicycle, simply enjoying our peaceful and quite countryside locations - we have more than most communities in the British Isles !

A great many people work outdoors doing traditional things like fishing and estate working, crofting and forestry.

The Lochaber community is a small one - less than 20,000 people living in an area greater than the whole of Luxembourg. Our community is mostly a rural one with many small villages and communities scattered all over Lochaber. Our economy is potentially fragile and is increasingly dependent on lots of small, family businesses providing all sorts of products and services. Our college - West Highland College UHI, is a fantastic learning resource where locals can study Further Education and even a growing number of Degree courses through the UHI - University of the Highlands and Islands. if you are coming to Fort William and Lochaber, we really hope you enjoy your visit and find everyone you meet friendly and welcoming.

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John McLellan & Co Funeral Directors
John McLellan & Co, one of the oldest established businesses in Lochaber, has always been known to provide an honest, dignified and discretionary funeral service. Since 1923 we have dutifully served the community, always giving the highest standard of care and commitment to the bereaved and their loved ones. Our senior funeral director, Ewen MacLennan is well known and respected in Fort William and the surrounding areas, for his quiet, caring and compassionate manner. Ewen started his career 20 years ago with the now retired but still highly regarded Mr Ian Kennedy. Our newly refurbished premises are tasteful and comfortable and our private rest room offers a peaceful environment where families can pay their last respects. Intimate services can also be conducted in our Chapel of Rest, which can seat up to 30 relatives and friends. At John McLellan & Co, we are always pleased to offer advice concerning all aspects of arranging a funeral. Funerals need not be the most expensive time of your life and funerals can be tailored to everyones needs and budgets. One option is the Golden Charter plan which enables clients to pre arrange and set aside funds in full or part payments. Our aim at all times is to provide the best professional services for the people in our community and offer peace of mind to you and all your family. On call all day every day, we can assist with - Advice and Guidance regarding all the necessary documentation; Intimations Local and National newspapers; Family Cars; Flowers; Memorial Stones; Repatriation; Bespoke funeral plans (ie) Golden Charter; Environmental wicker and cardboard coffins; Humanist funerals; Funeral Stationery. For more information please call Ewen MacLennan.
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Highland Functions
What you need in an Event Manager is someone who is passionate about perfection, has excellent contacts with some fantastic suppliers and can bring together an amazing event based on the thoughts straight from your head! With that in mind you have come to the right place. We can help you with everything from finding the perfect venue to organizing table plans and centre pieces. Everything will be brought together with a bit of Highland Functions magic. We'll create vivid memories that you and your guests can take away. Our Corporate events will leave your team refreshed, excited and raring to go! Get in touch and let us know how we can help you turn your Dreams into Reality; because that is, quite simply, what we do! Highland Functions is a young, vibrant events management company based in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. We take advantage of the spectacular backdrops on offer here in the Highlands to create the perfect setting for any event whether it is large, small, indoor, outdoor, corporate or private. Highland Functions has the experience and a long list of local contacts making us the best choice for any event based in the Highlands of Scotland. We only ever use trusted suppliers that we have full confidence in. Annual Events include - - Highland Wedding Show - Highland Baby & Toddler Show - Girls Night Out - Highland Christmas Market Find us on Facebook -
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