The area boasts the widest of
choices for anyone interested in a holiday in this
unspoilt part of Scotland where mountains, glens,
rivers, lochs, a sea coastline and even a canal
offer something for everyone.
Undoubtedly Ben Nevis is the
most famous mountain in the area. At 4408 feet
(1344 metres) it is the highest mountain in the
UK, but the shear ruggedness of the mountains in
Glen Coe come a close second.
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The Caledonian Canal,
constructed in the early 1800's, is considered by
many as one of the great waterways of the world.
Neptunes Staircase on the canal, which is within
walking distance of Lapwing Rise and Stepps
Cottage, is well worth a visit to watch the yachts
and other ships negotiate the eight locks as they
travel from one side of Scotland to the other.
the summer months the West Highland Steam train,
as seen in the Harry Potter films can be viewed
from Lapwing Rise & Stepps Cottage as it makes
its way from Fort William to Mallaig and back
again. The Steam train crosses the Glenfinnan
viaduct which was used as a backdrop for scenes in
the film. On this trip you will also enjoy the
wonderful views over to the islands of Rum and
Eigg with the Cuillins of Skye in the distance and
the silver sands of Morar in the foreground.
Advance booking for this trip is recommended.
activities in the area include ski-ing, hill
walking, climbing, mountain biking, sailing,
kayaking, fishing and golf.
Nevis Range is the ideal place for ski-ing and
snowboarding in the winter months with the all
year round opportunity to take a trip on the
gondola cable car up Aonach Mor to experience the
The area boasts a vast and
varying range of mountain bike trails from white
knuckle downhill to relaxing canal towpath and
forest trails that are sympathetic to even the
most inexperienced of riders.
Canoeing, kayaking, white water
rafting, and fly fishing are all available.
those who enjoy a more relaxing sport there are
four golf courses in the area. If the golf score
is not so great then you can still enjoy the round
by taking in the wonderful views.
During your stay you may wish to
take a cruise on Loch Linnhe or Loch Ness.
For indoor pursuits the Lochaber
Leisure Centre in Fort William has a swimming
pool, gyms, squash courts, sauna and climbing
walls. The Nevis Centre, also in Fort William, has
ten pin bowling, a children's play area, snooker
The Ben Nevis Whisky Distillery
and Visitor Centre is a five minute drive from the
Don't forget to bring your
camera as the area is a Photographer's paradise.
Fort William: www.visit-fortwilliam.co.uk,
Mountaineering - Ben Nevis and Glen Coe guided
climbs and courses: www.kirkhopemountaineering.co.uk,
The 'Road to the Isles': www.road-to-the-isles.org.uk
Caledonian Canal: www.scottishcanals.co.uk
Nevis Range: www.nevisrange.co.uk
Steam train: www.westcoastrailways.co.uk
Loch Linnhe Cruises: www.crannog.net,
Hire of Mountain Bikes: www.neviscycles.co.uk
Outdoor Watersports/canoe/SUP hire: www.rockhopperscotland.co.uk,
Indoor Ice Climbing: www.ice-factor.co.uk
Indoor Climbing Centre: www.threewisemonkeysclimbing.com
Ben Nevis Whisky Distillery: www.bennevisdistillery.com
Public Transport: www.lochabertransport.org.uk
Caledonian Canal and Ben Nevis
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Contact: Gregor and
Nicola Muir, Phone 07710721800 (Gregor) or
07717871303 (Nicola), Email