Top recommended things to do in Fort William and Lochaber
1. Take the Mountain Track up Ben Nevis - this route is the standard, so-called ‘Tourist Route’ up the mountain. It is straightforward, if strenuous, by hillwalking standards
2. A trip on the West Highland Line - Consistently voted the best train journey in the world, the Line from Glasgow up the west coast of Scotland is an incredibly scenic railway trip of lush green hills, mountains, lochs and valleys. Immortalised in film - in Trainspotting and as the site of the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter series
3. A trip on the Jacobite Steam Train in summer - during the warm summer months, a steam locomotive-hauled daily return service, the Jacobite, operates between Fort William and Mallaig. This is one very Scottish experience, not to be missed – and book early.
4. Golf on some lovely highland golf courses, including Fort William, and Traigh. Fort William Golf Course, 6217 yards, sits in the shadow of Ben Nevis, amid breathtaking Highland scenery. Traigh is a stunning 'Hidden Gem' 9 hole golf course near Arisaig.
5. A cruise on Loch Shiel - unique guided cruises aboard the historic MV Sileas, on the beautiful sheltered waters of Loch Shiel. Share the skipper Jim Michie's fifteen years' experience of spotting Golden Eagles, Red Deer, Black-throated Divers, plus a wide variety of other wildlife, while learning the history of this special, remote and unspoiled part of the Highlands of Scotland.
6. A day at nearby Highland Activities – enjoy a fantastic range of lands and water sports including rafting, kayaking and gorge walking – and 4 x 4 driving, clay pigeon shooting, quad biking and archery
7. A ride on the Nevis Range Gondola - The gondolas transport visitors effortlessly from 300ft up to 2150ft on the north face of Aonach Mor, the eighth highest mountain in Britain. The journey takes approximately 12 - 15 minutes each way, and each gondola can accommodate up to six people inside.
8. Attend a local Highland Games or Gathering – notable Highland Games nearby are at Lochaber, Arisaig and Glenfinnan.
9. Watch a shinty match - The game has recently changed season from winter to summer, and matches take place most weekends throughout the warmer months. Fort William play at An Aird, Fort William , and Lochaber play at nearby Spean Bridge Park, Spean Bridge
10. On wheels – enjoy some of the most sensational big country touring in Scotland or anywhere in the UK – by car, by motor bike, or by cycle (including the Great Glen Cycle Route)
11. On wheels – Home to the UK round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, Lochaber is a mecca for bikers, with some of the best mountain biking in the UK. Hire mountain bikes atCaledonian Activity Breaks, or Highland Activities
12. Attend the famous Motor Cycle Trials held annually The Scottish Six Day Trials (SSDT) is widely regarded as the birthplace of this unique discipline where the winner is determined by skill alone rather than speed. Riders are lured to the SSDT from all over the world, and the event has the same status to trials riders as the Isle of Man TT has to road racers.