Fort William and Lochaber
The Great Outdoors
Mention Fort William and everybody immediately thinks of Ben Nevis, but Lochaber is a paradise, not just for climbers and hill walkers but, for anyone who enjoys being in the outdoors. And it’s all on your doorstep at ‘Mountain View’, making it an ideal base for your outdoor holiday.
We participate in many outdoor activities ourselves and would be happy to share our local knowledge and experiences. Details of other activities can be found in the comprehensive information folder located in the apartment or on request.
- Mountain Biking
Caledonian canoe hire is available locally for paddling the Canal. There are exciting, white-water rivers to kayak close by and the West Coast is a haven for sea canoeing. Hire and instruction available locally at Rockhopper and Vertical Decents.
The crags of Poldubh have hundreds of routes at all standards and are only a 20 minute drive from Mountain View. If you prefer bigger mountain routes then Ben Nevis is for you – check conditions by looking out the kitchen window! The winter climber is well catered for too – Creag Meagaidh, Glen Coe and the Ben are all close by.
Prefer the great indoors? There is a training wall in Fort William at the Lochaber Leisure Centre, but a twenty mile drive to Kinlochleven takes you to the The Ice Factor. Home to the world’s biggest artificial ice wall, a bouldering wall, numerous other walls, a sauna, steam room, bar ….. and café!
Fishermen are well catered for with unlimited sea-fishing and many well stocked rivers and lochs for the fly and course fisherman. Check them out at The Rod And Gun Shop just past the Royal Bank of Scotland building in Fort William for permits, advice, equipment and bait.
There are no less than 3 golf courses nearby. The 18 hole Fort William course, the challenging 9 holes at Spean Bridge and the beautiful and unique links at Traigh Golf Course lying beside the Road to the Isles are all within easy traveling distance of Banavie, and all welcome day visitors.
Fort William is home to the World MB Championships, but the surrounding forests have routes for all ability and fitness levels. A guide to routes is in the apartment. Bike hire is available locally and can be delivered to Mountain View from £15 per day.
Skiing, snowboarding and sledging are available at both Glencoe (25 miles), and Nevis Range (6 miles). Mountain View has a clear view of the slopes at Nevis Range. Snow and weather conditions can be assessed from the kitchen window. The gondola cable car ride itself is exhilarating, with a walk and a cup of tea with a view available in the café for those less adventurous. Paragliding is also on offer here for those with a head for heights.
The Lochaber Leisure Centre in Fort William is superbly appointed with a large swimming pool, gyms, squash courts, sauna, steam room and climbing walls. More sedentary is the Nevis Centre with ten pin bowling, children's play area, snooker and pool. ...and cafe!
From low level, gentle walks on the canal side and the Great Glen Way which passes the end of the garden, to the biggest, toughest hills in the UK and everything in-between, Mountain View is the perfect base for the keen walker. We have considerable literature on walks in the area and details of recommended local guides.
- The Beaches of the West
- Ben Nevis Whisky
- The Clan Cameron Museum
- The Glenfinnan Monument
- Seal Island Cruises
- The West Highland Line
- West Highland Museum
The Beaches of the West
Lochaber’s best kept secret! Miles of white sands with stunning views, spectacular backdrops, turquoise seas and no one else! Ask when you arrive and we’ll show you our closely guarded beach map.
Ben Nevis Whisky
The Ben Nevis Whisky Distillery and Visitor Centre is a good rainy day excursion with refreshments for the connoisseur available in the distillery and refreshments for others in the excellent tea room.
The Cameron’s have long been the principal clan in Lochaber and their influence is celebrated here at Achnacarry Castle. From Prince Charlie and the Jacobites to the commandos of the Second World War, it is all documented here.
The Glenfinnan Monument celebrates the raising of the standard by Bonnie Prince Charlie at the start of the Jacobite rebellion. Also has a post revolution café and bookshop. Look the other way and you will see the famous viaduct. For more information see the Glenfinnan community website.
Seal Island Cruises
These affordable and interesting cruises leave from the old ferry pier and offer a unique perspective of Fort William and Loch Linnhe… plus a chance to see not only seals, but Salmon and Porpoises!
The West Highland Line
The West Coast Railway Company Ltd. runs the steam train ‘The Jacobite’ on the beautiful West Highland Line to Mallaig - described as one of the great railway journeys of the world. Parts of this route have been used by the Hogwart’s Express in the Harry Potter Films. This is a popular excursion so booking ahead is advisable. It runs from June to mid -October.
Scotrail trains also travel this route.
This museum has many splendid exhibits ranging from pre-history to modern times with some unique displays surrounding the Massacre of Glencoe and the Jacobite rebellion, periods that helped shape the Lochaber we see today.