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Tourist information  & activities for  the Glen Spean, Fort William, Ben Nevis, Glencoe and Lochaber area  -  For tourist information on Skye or Hebrides please take the link on the left column.



Ballachulish from Ardgour




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Tourist information for Lochaber:

Aluminium Story Visitor Centre. Exhibits of the aluminium story in Kinlochleven.
Off B863 Kinlochleven
Open Apl - Oct (winter limited)
Tel 01855 831663

Ardnamurchan Point Lighthouse. The most westerly point of Britain. Exhibition.
Off B8007
Open Apl - Oct
Tel: 01972 510210

Ben Nevis. Britain's highest mountain standing over 4,400ft (1,341m). Varying on fitness level the average person should make it to the top in about 5 hours. It has it's hazardous spots, in that you should take care. Not advisable for small children and older children should stay with adults. Even in early summer there may be snow on the top - snow-hangs are most hazardous and you should not go near the edge. Be prepared for any and all sorts of weather, taking warm clothing and food with you - Mr Mac's burgers you will not find on the top! - just wonderful views. Best approach is from the Nevis Visitor Centre ( 01397 705922) about 2 miles up Glen Nevis.

Ben Nevis from B8005 near Gairlochy

Have you heard? A newly completed path connecting Forestry Commission Scotland�s recently acquired Chapman�s Wood with one of the country�s most iconic natural monuments is now open. Funded through The Nevis Partnership - a charitable organisation set up to co-ordinate environmental and visitor management in the Nevis area - the new path replaces the lower section of the old Allt a' Mhuilinn path, which had long been in need of some repair.
The path leads to the North Face of Ben Nevis and is likely to benefit recreational visitors to the area - as well as those with a more academic interest. More info

Ben Nevis Distillery.
A82 north side of Fort William
Open Easter - Oct
Tel 01397 700200


Clan Cameron Museum.
16 miles north Fort William on B8004 - take Gairlochy road from Commando Monument at Spean Bridge.
Open Apl - Oct
Tel: 01397 712090


Confectionery Factory Visitor Centre. Ballachulish. Watch tablet (Scots fudge) being made.
Off A82 north  Ballachulish
Open all year - winter and Sunday restrictions
Tel: 01855 821277


Ardgour lighthouse from Corran ferry   Corran Ferry to Ardgour - this will take you to the two ferry points going to Mull or just to the lovely Ardnamurchan, Morvern & Moidart areas. In summer it goes about every half hour.
Eilean Donan Castle Probably the most photographed castle in Scotland.
On A87 road to Skye at Dornie, nine miles from Skye bridge.
Open mid to end Mar - mid-Nov
Tel: 01599 555202
Eilean Donan Castle - Photo thanks to Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan has also been used for film sets such as Highlander
Almost Wester Ross but actually Lochalsh

Glen Nevis. Beautiful glen at the foot of Ben Nevis.  If you keep going along the glen on the partly single-track road you will come to a car park from where you can walk to some waterfalls, parking also for forest walks and if you go right to the end where the road stops, park and take a walk up the gorge. Need to be fairly sure-footed and not a place to leave children on their own because of sheer drops.It's magical. Takes about an hour to get to these falls (some filming for Harry Potter done here) >
Entering secluded glen Wonderful waterfall Exiting glen other end

Glen Nevis Visitor Centre. Audio visual display on Ben Nevis. Walking and cycling. You can park here before climbing Ben Nevis - check at centre for weather conditions. For information on Ben Nevis see above.
Take Glen Nevis road from tiny roundabout signed north end of Fort William. Two miles at the foot of Glen Nevis.
Open Apl - Oct
Tel: 01397 705922

Glencoe. Beauty to draw breath and tears - also famous for massacre of 1692 when MacDonald clan were massacred on orders of King William.
Sixteen miles south of Fort William on A82.
Open - just drive through (and get your tissues out)
Tel: visitor centre 01855 811307


Glencoe and North Lorn Folk Museum.
Glencoe village two miles from Ballachulish
Open May - Sept
Tel: 01855 811314

Glen Roy. The famous 'Parallel Roads'  of Glen Roy are amongst the most remarkable landforms in Britain created by glacial action. During the last ice age advancing glaciers dammed a series of huge lakes in the glen. This left behind a set of shore lines that can be clearly seen on the hillsides today.
To find this go four miles up a minor road from Roy Bridge (left after the bridge going east) which is 13 miles east of Fort William on the A86. Car park. No formal paths but you can see the  Parallel road and other features from the public road.


Glen Roy parallel roads


Glen Roy                                               Glen Roy

Glencoe Ski Centre.
Twenty-six miles south of Fort William on the A82.
Open Dec - Apl (weather permitting)
Tel: 01855 851226


Glenfinnan Monument. At head of Loch Shiel. Erected in 1815. The raising of the Standard took place here in 1745 before Culloden.
A830 18 miles west of Fort William on the road to Mallaig.
Open - monument all year - visitor centre Apl to Oct
Tel: 01397 722250


Glenfinnan Viaduct - the viaduct where Harry Potter  was filmed. There is also the Glenfinnan Station Museum at the station
Off A830 just off main road
Open June - Sept


Highland Activities offer outdoor activities including white water rafting, quad biking, canyoning, clay pigeon shooting, paintball, archery and mountain biking for corporate events, corporate entertainment, groups and individuals based in between Fort William "Outdoor Capital of the UK" and Aviemore and the Cairngorm National Park in the highlands of Scotland.


Inverlochy Castle.
Off A82 two miles north of Fort William.
Open all year
Tel 0131 668 8800


Jacobite Steam Train.

Glenfinnan Viaduct

Runs from Fort William to Mallaig. Stops at Glenfinnan for approx half an hour. This is an all-day trip and gives you a long lunch break at Mallaig before taking you back to Fort William. You will need to book - phone either West Coast Railway Company on  01463 239026  or  0870 1245511 (tip: get a seat on left hand side for best views, especially of engine going over the Glenfinnan viaduct [The Harry Potter viaduct]. During the 42 mile journey to Mallaig you steam past Ben Nevis and then climb into majestic mountains surrounding Glenfinnan. Finally, you drop down to the sea's edge and view the Inner Hebridean islands. Runs from mid June to first week of October. If you just want to experience the West Highland Line then ordinary trains run daily.
Leave from Fort William station approx 10.20am
Tel: 01463 239026

Kintail and Morvich
Sixteen miles east of Kyle of Lochalsh off A87
Open - estate all year. Centre Apl - Sept
Tel: 01599 511231


If you're up this way and kayaking is your thing then take a look at UK Sea Kayaking in Scotland - they have information about interesting routes off the coast. Personal accounts of routes and experiences which make interesting & encouraging reading, with forum and diary and events and much more.

Waterfalls on the road to Loch Arkaig Falls near Loch Arkaig Take the B8004 from the Commando Monument near Spean Bridge (on the A82) to Gairlochy and up past Achnacarry. Loch Arkaig is very peaceful. Lovely cycling venue for those not wanting anything exhausting or dangerous ! - traffic almost non-existent.
Lochaber Watersports. Loch Leven. Offshore sailing, hire dinghies, canoes and kayaks.
Ballachulish on A82.
Open all year
Tel: 01855 811931


Mallaig Heritage Centre.
Station Road, Mallaig. Next to railway station.
Open in season Mon-Sat.  Nov-Mar limited
Tel: 01687 462085


Mallaig Marine World.
Mallaig Harbour.
Open all year - winter restricted
Tel: 01687 462292


Nevis Range. Lots to do. Ski in winter, walk and cycle in summer. Gondola takes you up to restaurant and walks on Aonach Mohr. Downhill bike track (for the experienced & daring only).
Seven miles north Fort William off A82.
Open: Closed mid-Nov - mid-Dec
Tel: 01397 705825


The Small Isles - Eigg, Rum, Much and Canna. Owned by the Highland Council and the Scottish Wildlife Trust.
Ferries Tel:  01687 462403  CalMac
                   01687 450224  Shearwater Cruises

The Waverley Paddle Steamer is the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world. It tours many venues in the UK and Fort William is lucky enough to host this wonderful steamer on occasions. It cruises to Oban and smaller islands in this vicinity, not to mention time spent in the Clyde including Rothesay and Loch Fyne. A day very well spent wherever you cruise to.

See information and time tables at Waverley Excursions
Or contact them at Waverley Terminal -Anderston Quay - Glasgow, G3 8HA

Tel: 0141 221 8152  E-mal

West Highlands Museum.
Cameron Square just off the High Street in Fort William.
Open all year with winter restrictions
Tel: 01397 702169


Winter Sports: Nevis Sport  gives useful information for winter sports.



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