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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  • 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....

  • The Highland Mountain Company
    31 Lochy Road, Fort William, PH33 6NW
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    Ben Nevis Guiding.           Winter Munros.       Climbing.        Low Level Walks.           Abseiling                                                                                                                      Situated at the base of Ben Nevis The Highland Mountain Company offers and delivers high quality mountain guiding and instruction in a range of mountain activities to families, friends and small groups.  Whether its your first step in the mountains or looking for another adventure to...

  • Atlas Mountaineering | Ben Nevis Mountain Guide
    Flat 4, 155 High Street, Fort William, PH33 6EA
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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...

  • 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...

  • Wild West - wildlife safari trips
    Ailsa Cottage, , South Laggan, PH34 4EA
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    Wild West - Wildlife safaris in Scotland's wild places Wild West offer a selection of wildlife experiences based in the Lochaber area. See Scotland's " Big Five", Photograph red deer, join a searchlight safari to look for the elusive pine marten or a dawn safari to see lekking black grouse, or...

  • 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...

  • Photography Courses & Field Trips - learn to take better photographs
    Ben Nevis Office, Woodside, Tomacharich, PH33 6SW
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    Learn to 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 the...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

  • Fort William Marathon
    6 Bunlossit, PH31 4AG
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    The Fort William Marathon is a new marathon for the Lochaber area. This new marathon is a multi-terrain route starting and finishing at Nevis Range. The course takes in the sights of Leanachan Forest, the old railway viaduct, General Wade's High Bridge, The Commando Memorial, Caledonian Canal, and of course Ben...

  • Apple Mountaineering
    2 Montrose Mansions, Corpach, Fort William, PH33 7JQ
    Ben Nevis Winter Climbing Guide

    Apple Mountaineering specialise in coaching, instruction and guiding in the mountains and on the crags. We run courses to cater for all abilities, in hillwalking, scrambling, mountaineering and climbing, so whether you are a complete beginner or experienced mountaineer, we can offer courses in both summer and winter to suit your...

  • 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. ...

  • 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...

  • Active Highs - outdoor activities Fort William
    The Great Glen Water Park, South Laggan, By Spean Bridge, PH344EA
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    Active Highs are a modern outdoor adventure centre offering quality outdoor activities including white water rafting, canyoning & gorge walking, canoeing, kayaking, climbing & abseiling, archery and mountain biking. We are based at The Great Glen Water Park near Fort William & Fort Augustus on the side of Loch Oich in...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Snowgoose Mountain Centre
    Station Road, Corpach, Fort William, PH33 7JH
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    Snowgoose Mountain Centre offers mountain & water based skills training and guiding on the West Coast of Scotland. Our family run business provides from family days out on the water or crag to winter skills training and wilderness expeditions by land or water with locally based, professionally qualified instructors & guides...

  • 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,...

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