Fort William and Lochaber.
So much to see and do.
Our Cruise is a ‘must do’ in Fort William. Elsie has both indoor & outdoor seating with an elevated viewing deck and onboard toilet. Tea, coffee, snacks & juice will keep you refreshed during your trip.
Come onboard and experience spectacular views of Loch Linnhe and the magnificent mountains surrounding the loch including world famous Ben Nevis where some of Scotlands best Wildlife call home.
Great range of quality hire bikes and cycle routes for all.
With World Class Mountain Biking, Touring and Cycle Routes starting right outside our shop, renting a bike is the perfect way to discover Fort William, The Outdoor Capital of the UK!
Choose from Electric Bikes, Mountain Bikes and Touring Bikes with routes suitable for everyone, take your family out on their best ever ride to explore the stunning Scottish Highlands!
We only serve the freshest and best Scottish seafood, and are proud to serve it simply. Enjoy it from our red-roofed restaurant on Fort William Town Pier, overlooking Loch Linnhe.
Departing from Fort William Town Pier, our cruises sail on Loch Linnhe and Loch Eil. Surrounded by wonderful wildlife and unique views of Ben Nevis, you'll also receive a fascinating commentary throughout from our Skipper. This is a fantastic way to see the area and learn about its history, wildlife, geology, industry and more...
Built on the former site of the town hall and a previous cinema that closed in 2005 The new Highland Cinema has been designed to reflect a traditional bothy, the humble building that has sheltered travellers across the Highlands for centuries. The warm, welcoming entrance and café bar has been built using local stone and features a red corrugated roof, covered terrace, wood burning stove and seating for up to 84. The café offers a range of food from gourmet pizzas to charcuterie, pastries and more, while the bar provides a carefully curated selection of fine Scottish whiskies, gins and beers, plus wines and hot and cold drinks.
The Highland Soap Company Visitor Centre & Larder Café is just off the A82 one mile north of Fort William, stop in for a day of factory tours, shopping and soap-making workshops – or just a delicious homemade coffee and cake with the family. With their focus on sustainability and ethical ingredients, The Highland Soap Company has been a much-loved local business in Fort William for over twenty years. With all products organic and manufactured locally, using local ingredients and suppliers, this is a business that is making a really exceptional range of authentically Highland products. We look forward to welcoming you to our new home, set between the River Lochy and the 13th Century Old Inverlochy Castle in six acres of grounds and gardens.
The Room Challenge is an immersive puzzle experience based in the High Street of Fort William. You and your team of 2-8 players will have one hour to complete your chosen mission and “escape”. You will be required to find hidden clues and solve challenging puzzles throughout the experience to test your brain, teamwork and communication. So, make sure to take a look at the book shelf, or the pictures on the wall. You may find a combination of numbers, letters or even a key to help you out. The only question is, do you dare to accept the challenge?
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.
Check us out soon.
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.
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.
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.