Fort William and Lochaber.
So much to see and do.
If you are looking for things to do in Fort William and the Highlands, why not try one of Vertical Descents' activity days or activity packages – shortbread is great but the memories you will take home from one of our outdoor activities will last a lifetime.Vertical Descents brought Canyoning to Scotland in 1998. Since then we have been at the forefront of Canyoning in the UK developing and tailoring trips to suit a wide range of abilities. Also offering White Water Rafting, Coasteering, Target Sports and much more.
Pick from a remarkable range of superb things to do and to enjoy. Make the most of your holiday as we take care of the details and you focus on the sport: whether its golf on a stunning parkland course, rib tours out to open sea, Segway tours over a wonderful estate or the thrill of high-adrenalin canyoning plus access to Scotland’s only via ferrata. In fact, there are over 20 outdoor activities and Scottish tours to pursue and whatever your passion for adventure in Scotland, we share it, too! Professional guides, personal attention, friendly people and superb equipment. This is the home of Highland activities!
Our Target Centres are set amongst some of the most beautiful scenery in the Highlands. Brackletter, near Fort William, Ardtornish Estate and Ardnamurchan Estate each boast there own unique scenery and setting. We offer, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Air Rifles, Archery, Crossbows, Tomahawk throwing and SlingShots all available for complete beginners to enthusiasts, from age 8 years and upwards. All our instructors have a minimum of 10 years experience in the outdoor industry and a minimum of 10 years in shooting.
Rockhopper offers half, full or multi-day sea kayak trips through some of the most spectacular coastal, mountain and island scenery in Scotland! Sea Kayaking is a fantastic way to explore the Scottish Coastline and a truly exhilarating form of travel. The area around Fort William are rich in wildlife and you may be lucky enough to encounter seals, otters, basking sharks and a huge variety of coastal birds. Whether you are new to water sports or experienced in sea kayaking, we will provide an unforgettable experience. Families, groups and individuals are all welcome. Many of our trips take place around The Sound of Arisaig and Glenuig area, these are well known as some of the finest destinations to paddle in the country
Mountain Guiding, Climbing, Instruction and Coaching Hunter Mountaineering offers Private Guiding and specific Summer and Winter Courses ranging from walking up Ben Nevis, to climbing classic rock or ice climbs, to mountain navigation and safety. We deliver quality professional courses, and bespoke Private Guiding. Hunter Mountaineering is based in Fort William, at the foot of Ben Nevis in the Highlands. Within easy reach are other venues such as Glencoe, Creag Meagaidh and the Cairngorms. Hunter Mountaineering is run by Max Hunter, holding Mountaineering Instructor Certificate (MIC), a member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors (AMI) and the Mountain Training Association (MTA).
Quad Bike Tours offer outdoor activities in two locations in Scotland and the Scottish Highlands. Both of our locations are easily accessible from Fort William, Aviemore and Inverness. Our off road quad biking and 4x4 experiences provide outdoor activities for all the family all set in the most spectacular setting. Quad Bike Tours have two locations both in the Cairngorm National Park near Aviemore and extending as far west as Lochaber, Fort William and the Outdoor Capital of the UK. With one, two and three & half hour trips you will be guided through Ancient Caledonian forests, head in to the hills or follow the rivers with their raging rapids and waterfalls, we can even throw in Scottish Baronial castles.
Sandwiched between Glencoe to the south, and Ben Nevis to the North, Ice Factor sits in the highland village of Kinlochleven, in the heartland of British Mountaineering, the Outdoor Capital of the UK. Ice Factor constantly ranks in the world’s top ten climbing centres and remains the only company to ever win consecutive Thistles Awards from Visit Scotland for Outstanding Customer Service. Our Indoor Rock Walls are amongst the highest and best in the UK and our Indoor Ice Wall is the biggest indoor Ice Climbing Wall in the world! In recognition of our world class facilities, outstanding equipment and expert highly qualified instructors we are the Mountaineering Council for Scotland’s National Centre for Ice Climbing and the Regional Centre of Excellence for Rock Climbing and Mountain Sports.
Climbing's about taking yourself out of your shell, so you can reach for something that you wouldn't think possible until you try. We get that, and we built our company to help as many people as we could, to climb out of their shells. We believe climbing makes people the best versions of themselves. We're here to build a future of anti-fragile, badass, planet-saving, disease curing everyday heroes.
It just so happens we do that by running an awesome indoor climbing centre.
Which also happens to have an excellent cafe with fantastic coffee.
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Share the excitement of spotting Golden Eagles, White-Tailed Eagles, Red-throated Divers, Hen Harriers, Red Deer, plus a wide variety of other wildlife, while learning the History and Geology of this special, remote and unspoiled part of the Highlands of Scotland.
Accessible only by boat, Loch Shiel is one of Scotland’s most historically significant and unspoiled natural treasures.
Carved out by retreating glaciers over successive ice ages, this 18 mile long freshwater loch has changed relatively little since then and can truly be called a Last Wilderness. Now you can cruise the magnificent and historic scenery of Loch Shiel in company with a friendly and knowledgeable local crew, with live commentary on the History and Wildlife of this beautiful region.
Wild West offer a selection of safaris and tours to look for the wildlife of the West Highlands. Scotland's Big Five of red deer, red squirrel, harbour seal, otter and golden eagle can all be found in the area. The Ardnamurchan peninsula has recently been declared a sanctuary for the critically endangered wildcat. The nationally scarce pine marten is fairly widespread here though you will need to join a searchlight safari to look for this nocturnal mammal. You'll also learn about the flora, history and geology of the area and your guide Ian MacLeod is an experienced photographer who can help you get the best from your camera.
The ferry is operated by Highland Ferries on behalf of Highland Council and departs from the pier in Fort William close to The Crannog Restaurant. The ferry crosses in about 10 minutes to the crofting community visible across Loch Linnhe from Fort William. There are lovely views back to Ben Nevis and down the Loch while crossing. There is a forest walk, with a fair climb, or stay on the single track road or the shoreline in either direction. Cycles can be taken across the ferry to explore the area and a trip to Ardgour and back is enjoyable for those that are a little more adventurous.
We hire out almost every type of bike: from long distance tourers to day trips to full suspension bikes. Our Specialized comfort touring bikes are specifically designed for road trips and smooth forest roads or canal towpaths. Adult hire prices start from £24. Customers have used these bikes to tour the Western Isles and most of the west coast of Scotland. Our Cytech mechanics get 100s of bikes rolling again every year. Whether a carbon race bike or a rusty old friend, drop it by at any time for a free initial assessment.