Visit Fort William, Glen Nevis and Ben Nevis in the Outdoor Capital of the UK

Outdoor Activities and Outdoor Providers

Not much point in calling Fort William and Lochaber - the Outdoor Capital of the UK if there was not an established local industry of businesses providing a range of outdoor activities and experiences for you. So if you want to hike, climb, run, sail, ski, snowboard, cycle, bike, canyon, raft, try quad biking or archery or paint-balling or whatever, you've come to the right place.

We have boat trip providers with slow leisurely cruises for sight-seeing and spotting local wildlife, or others with fast rigid inflatable rib boats - for an adrenalin rush on the sea; there are people who will take you out on a field trip for photography sessions, or natural history or outdoor skills courses.

Fort William and Lochaber is the undisputed Outdoor Capital for outdoor sports and activities in the UK - that's a fact ! There is no where else in the British Isles where you can do almost everything from dive in the sea to fly in the air - with all watersports, country sports, cycling and mountain biking activities and of course mountain sports in between.
Come for a relaxing cruise on the Caledonian Canal, or enjoy a fly-fishing excursions - a day out learning to fly fish by a Highland river, or hillside loch; ride your bikes in our forest tracks, or what about a game of golf on all four Lochaber golf courses... the Fort William area boasts the widest choices of activities for everyone interested in a holiday in this unspoilt, natural, rural area where hills and glens, rivers and lochs, the sea coastline all offer something to do while enjoying the peace and tranquility. Visit Nevis Range, Fort William's outdoor centre for mountain biking, hill walking and winter snowsports.


Active Highs Outdoor Activities & Adventure Sports -  offer a great range of activities for families, couples, corporate events and stag & hen weekends. Active Highs offer white water rafting trips, canyoning, gorge walking, canoeing, kayaking and tons more. Other local companies offer bushcraft, natural history trips, outdoor craft activities, photography tours - all sorts of outdoor activities in and around Fort William.

Vertical Descents outdoor activities just south of Fort William provide a variety of exciting watersports for families and groups of friends. Check out Vertical Descents Tripadvisor reviews.

The list of businesses below represents the broad range of activity providers in the Fort William and Lochaber area. If you are running an outdoor activity business, add your business today !
If you are looking for an activity - get on the phone or drop them a text - our Lochaber Business Directory customers are waiting to be of service.

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  • Vertical Descents - outdoor activities Fort William
    Vertical Descents Main Office, Inchree Falls, Onich, Fort William, PH33 6SE
    River Garry - Only £55 for 2hrs

    Ranked as Fort William's No. 1 outdoor activity attraction on Tripadvisor in 2014, we work hard to make our activities the highlight of your holiday! Find us on the A82 between Glencoe and Fort William. We specialise in White Water Rafting and Canyoning, not to mention River Bugging, Via Ferrata and Fun...

  • Atlas Mountaineering | Ben Nevis Mountain Guide
    20 zetland Av, Fort William, PH33 6LL
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    Come join us at Atlas Mountaineering for a special experience on the UK's highest mountain. Being based in Fort William, the Outdoor Capital of the UK, at the foot of Ben Nevis, we are available on short notice for private or group mountain guiding and have great knowledge of the mountain...

  • Lochaber Guides - hill and mountain guiding
    60 Castle Drive, Lochyside, Fort William, PH33 7NS
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    At Lochaber Guides we pride ourselves in offering our clients a unique and unforgettable experience in the Scottish Mountains. From meeting you at the start of your trip to taking the final few steps, our highly experienced, professional and qualified guides will be there to look after you and give you...

  • Hunter Mountaineering & Guiding
    The Malt Barn, Glenlochy Road, Fort William, PH33 6GY
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    Welcome to Hunter Mountaineering - Professional and experienced Guiding, Instruction and Coaching in all aspects of British Mountaineering and Climbing. We offer Private Guiding and the Courses that follow - Private Guiding The most popular choice. A bespoke service. This is the solution if you want to 'tick' specific climbs, summits...

  • Adventure Nevis - Ben Nevis Mountain Guide
    3 Bracara, Arisaig, PH40 4PE
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    If you are looking for a Ben Nevis Mountain Guide, Adventure Nevis is a Scottish-based guiding service offering classic mountain days on Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain, standing at 1,344 metres. The Ben Nevis mountain footpath ascent - 6 to 8 hours - is ideal for public, private and charity groups....

  • Snowgoose Mountain Centre - Open Canoeing, Sea & River Kayaking, & Dinghy Sailing
    Snowgoose Mountain Centre, Station Road, Corpach, Fort William , PH33 7JH
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    The centre's position offers exceptional facilities for watersports enthusiasts of all levels. The Lochaber & Fort William area bounded by an extensive coastal & marine environment. Snowgoose Mountain Centre is surrounded by safe water with easy access to the sheltered tidal waters of Loch Linnhe and access to the open sea...

  • Andy
    4 Nevisbank Apartments, Belford Road , Fort William , PH33 6ES
    Ben Nevis and Carn Mor Dearg 2 (1)

    We love Scotland. We love exploring the beautiful mountains & glens of the Scottish Highlands. We love meeting people and sharing our passion. We decided to combine this energy into creating a small friendly guiding company that offers a highly personalized service for individuals or groups at an affordable price. So...

  • Arisaig Highland Games
    Traigh Farm, Traigh, Arisaig, PH39 4NT
    Arisaig Highland Games

    The Arisaig Highland Games open at 12 noon on Wednesday 30th July and this year the Games will feature a Clan Donald Gathering hosted by the home clan, Clan Ranald. The venue is the scenic location of Traigh Farm, Arisaig with sweeping views across sandy beaches towards the Cuillins of Skye...

  • Lisa Houston
    Camus Dobhran, Resipole, Acharacle, PH364HX
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    The inaugural hill race on Beinn Resipol starts at Resipole Farm Holiday Park on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula on Saturday 19th September at 1.00pm. Details of how to take part can be found on the benresrace.wordpress.com website. The race sets off from Loch Sunart and meanders its way up and down the 845 m summit with a total...

  • Photography Courses & Field Trips - learn to take better photographs
    Ben Nevis Office, Woodside, Tomacharich, PH33 6SW
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    Learn to take better digital photographs on one of our photography courses. Digital photography is a fantastic, well-developed medium for capturing great photographs and video. Its never been easier to take good photos - with a little help and advice.I offer personal One-2-One photography courses, tuition and excursions in and around...

  • Crannog Cruises
    Town Pier, Fort William, PH33 6DB
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    Board Souter’s Lass for a wonderful cruise down Loch Linnhe and enjoy the breath-taking scenery of Lochaber. With our unique and informative skipper’s commentary, you may well see some of Scotland’s best wildlife including the family of porpoise who live in Loch Linnhe, salmon, common and grey seals, heron, red deer,...

  • Nevis Range Mountain Gondola and outdoor activity centre
    Torlundy, Fort William, PH33 6SQ
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    Welcome to Nevis Range - the all seasons outdoor activity mountain centre in Fort William where you can ride the gondola, walk, shop, ski, snowboard, mountain bike or just simply relax… Nevis Range is an all seasons attraction just north of Fort William, offering a scenic Gondola ride to 2150ft beside...

  • Fishing Scotland - Wild Fly Fishing School
    Roy Bridge, Glen Spean, Highlands of Scotland, PH31 4AG
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    Fishing Scotland - Is a Wild Fly Fishing School in the Highlands of Scotland providing "Learn Fly Fishing" (no experience required) and Guided/Coaching excursions for experienced fly fishers keen to improve their single handed trout fly fishing skills or learn double handed casting techniques for Wild Atlantic Salmon.Established for 19 years...

  • Abacus Mountain Guides
    6 Hillview Drive, Corpach, PH33 7LS
    Abacus Mountain Guides

    Abacus Mountain Guides provide world class mountain adventures on the west coast of Scotland. With the highest qualifications in Mountaineering and Mountain Biking, plus twenty years of experience, we deliver expert coaching and guiding in the mountains.Choose Your Adventure!Ben Nevis group walks and private guides.Mountain Bike skills coaching and guiding.Guided scrambles...

  • Cruising on the Caledonian Canal
    The Slipway, Corpach, Fort William, PH33 7NB
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    Caledonian Discovery operate 2 large holiday barges that cruise the Caledonian Canal through the Great Glen including Loch Ness in the Highlands of Scotland, providing a unique holiday experience amidst superb Highland scenery. Prices include all food and accommodation in twin ensuite cabins which have powerful hot showers and underfloor heating.The...

  • Kirkhope Mountaineering
    1 Melantee, PH33 6PX
    Mountain biking

    Based in Fort William, in the outdoor capital of the UK, we are ideally situated to help you get the most out of your outdoor experience. With Ben Nevis, the UK's highest mountain on our doorstep and Glen Coe, the Mamores' and the Grey Coires' just a short drive away, we...

  • Access-Mountain Guides
    53 Lundy Road, Inverlochy, Fort William, PH33 6NZ
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    Friendly mountain guiding and skills instruction based out of Fort William and covering Ben Nevis, Glencoe, Skye and the Cairngorms. Come and enjoy adventurous days out in the stunning Scottish Highlands with professional, fully qualified Instructors. Please have a look at our website and see what you can do!...

  • Great Glen Adventures - Ben Nevis and other guided walks, Mobile Climbing Wall, Rock Climbing & Abseiling adventures, Walk on Water Balls & Archery
    8 Lovat Terrace, Fort Augustus, PH32 4DN
    Ben Nevis Summit

    Experience the Magnificent Highlands with Great Glen Adventures!Walk to the summit of Ben Nevis with a private guide or join one of our scheduled trips.  Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the UK, standing at 1344m (4406ft), it attracts many visitors every year and is a mountain to be respected. ...

  • Loch Shiel Cruises
    The Pier, Slatach, Glenfinnan, PH37 4LT
    Loch Shiel

    For a unique cruise through one of Scotland’s most remote, beautiful and unspoilt landscapes, take a trip to Glenfinnan. Join local skipper Jim Michie on his lovingly restored 1940 ex-naval harbor launch, who will guide you along this magnificent loch while keeping a close eye out for Golden & Sea Eagles,...

  • Clyde Cruises
    Top Lock, Neptunes Staircase, Bannavie, Fort William, PH33 7LY
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    Join us for a cruise on the Caledonian Canal from Banavie, Near Fort William.  Soak up the unique canal atmosphere, keep your eyes peeled for deer,otters and eagles and navigate your way through working locks and gates. Marvel at the fascinating historical landmarks, pretty lochs and inlets and spectacular mountains. Our...

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