Welcome to The Scottish Highlands
LOCH LINNHE CRUISES
Regular departures from the Crannog Pier with visits to Seal Island and Salmon Farms on Loch Linnhe
NEVIS RANGE GONDOLA
The Nevis Range Gondola operates all year and is not just for skiers and climbers.
The Restaurant at the upper station has fabulous views over Lochaber and Loch Linnhe
The Nevis Range Mountain Gondola is the only one of its kind in Britain and reaches the heights of 650m. It was built on the north face of Aonach Mòr, the 8th highest mountain in Britain, originally as a way to transport skiers to the slopes. The Mountain Gondola has become an amazing visitor attraction, allowing visitors to enjoy the scenic ride and absorb the stunning views and clear mountain air. It is also widely used as a short cut by climbers to the many challenging winter climbing routes on Aonach Mòr and by hill walkers to access summer routes. During the summer mountain bikers who ride the exciting & challenging downhill tracks use the Gondola for uplift as do paragliders on their journey to the clouds.
HARRY POTTER STEAM TRAIN
This was the train line used in the Harry Potter Films and is (more correctly) called the Jacobite Steam Train.
Described as the greatest railway journey in the world, this 84 mile round trip takes you past a list of impressive extremes. Starting near the highest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis, it visits Britain’s most westerly mainland railway station, Arisaig; passes close by the deepest freshwater loch in Britain, Loch Morar and the shortest river in Britain, River Morar, finally arriving next to the deepest seawater loch in Europe, Loch Nevis!
In any Compass direction from Fort William you will encounter breathtaking views of Lochs and Glens.
This part of the Highlands is famous for its wild & rugged landscape, the Nevis Bank Inn sits at the entrance to Glen Nevis, home of Britain’s tallest mountain Ben Nevis, the Ring of Steall and dozens of Munros, so if mountain walking is your thing you’ll be spoilt for choice. For more information Walk Highlands has some very useful information.
You don’t have to be energetic and climb mountains to get to spectacular places. Lochaber has walks for all ages and levels, The Forestry Commission provides us with great forest and low level walks that are well marked and are usually circular.
The Nevis Bank Inn is lucky enough to finish at the end of the West Highland Way and at the start of the Great Glen Way, so if you’re finishing or starting your journey, why not do it in style.
Fort William, aptly named the Outdoor Capital of the UK also has an array of shops in the town centre that will be able to provide you with books, information, advice and the correct gear for an adventure.
BEN NEVIS DISTILLERY
Ben Nevis Distillery is one of the oldest licensed distilleries in Scotland. The distillery is nestled at the foot of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, which has a summit elevation of 4’406 feet above sea level. This imposing mountain provides an impressive background to a traditional Scottish craft.
The Caledonian Canal stretches 60 miles along the Great Glen from Fort William to Inverness.
This stunning Highlands waterway runs from Inverness to Fort William on the west coast. It passes through a range of pretty towns and villages, lochs and countryside, providing a beautiful scenic setting to visitors.
The Caledonian Canal was opened in 1822 and engineered by Scottish civil engineer Thomas Telford. Formed as part of the Great Glen, Lochs Dochfour, Ness, Oich and Lochy all feed into this canal.
A grand total of 29 locks dot the length of the canal. You can take a glimpse of these at certain viewpoints along the waterway, including the Beauly Forth, Muirtown, Banavie, Dochgarroch and Corpach.
Whether your passion is boating, walking, running, cycling or fishing, the Caledonian Canal plays host to a wide range of recreational activities for everyone to enjoy.
THE COMMANDO MEMORIAL
The monument stands as a memorial to the British Commandos who trained all around the Lochaber region which the monument overlooks, while they were based at the Achnacarry Commando Training Centre established in 1942. As such it is used as site for memorial services, including the 60th anniversary of D-Day, and Remembrance Day ceremonies.
A Garden of Remembrance, which was subsequently added to the site, is used by many surviving World War II Commandos as the designated final resting place for their ashes. It has also been used as a place where many families have scattered ashes and erected tributes to loved ones who belonged to contemporary Commando units and who have died in more recent conflicts such as the Falklands War or in Afghanistan and Iraq.