Useful links to interesting places and providers
Please take a look the following links, we hope you find them useful…
Gemstone Exhibition: Treasures of the earth
This award winning attraction features one of Europe’s finest collections of priceless gemstones and beautiful crystals, displayed in a stunning simulation of cave, cavern and mining scenes: nuggets of gold and silver aquamarines, blood red garnets, emeralds, rubies, fiery opals and diamonds glisten and sparkle as they light your path.
Steam train excursion: West Coast Railways
Described as one of the great railway journeys of the world this 84 mile round trip takes you past a list of impressive extremes. It starts near the highest mountain in Britain (Ben Nevis), visits Britain’s most westerly mainland railway station (Arisaig), then passes close by the deepest freshwater loch in Britain (Loch Morar), and the shortest river in Britain (River Morar) and finally arrives next to the deepest seawater loch in Europe – Loch Nevis. The train leaves Fort William at 10:20am and returns to Fort William at 4:00pm with an hour and a half in Mallaig. It is a great way to spend the day!
Skiing & snowboarding: Nevis Range
Nevis Range boasts Scotland’s only mountain gondola. Open all year for winter ski-ing, mountain biking etc.
Highland Activities are a modern outdoor adventure centre offering quality outdoor activities including quad biking, white water rafting, canyoning & gorge walking, clay pigeon shooting, off road driving, paintballing, archery and mountain biking.
Whitewater Rafting, Mountain Bikes, Water Sports, Target Sports, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Abseiling, Archery and many more outdoor activities.
Ice & rock climbing instruction: Ice Factor
The ultimate day out in the Scottish Highlands at the UK’s premier adventure centre… indoor ice + rock climbing… winter + summer outdoor hillwalking, mountaineering + climbing… tree top adventure course with tower, abseiling, giant swing + drop zone… shop… restaurant… bar/bistro… childrens play areas… equipment + bike hire…
Crannog Cruises – Wildlife Cruises
Journey amid abundant wildlife and the spectacular scenery of Fort William’s Loch Linnhe. These waters and the surrounding coastline provide a beautiful unspoilt haven for wildlife. Species such as grey herron, oyster catchers, guillemots, cormorants, eider ducks and swans are regularly seen.
Loch Shiel Cruises – Wildlife Cruises
Loch Shiel and its surrounding area are steeped in history. There is no doubt that the Loch was once a busy thoroughfare, travelling by boat being by far the easiest way to get around. The River Shiel is two miles long and flows into the sea at Loch Moidart, thus enabling passages from the sea as far inland as Glenfinnan.
Walk the Highlands
You can download lots of walks all over the Highlands.
Walking Roy Bridge
If you are looking for walks in Roy Bridge this is the site to download local walks.
Off Beat Bikes provides quality bike hire year round from the shop on Fort William high street and also at Nevis Range during the summer months. As well as hire they offer a wide selection of accessories and clothing in the shop. Off Beat Bikes is also a Shimano Service Centre with a full workshop and qualified mechanics. Pop in for a free coffee and a browse.
Jacobite cruises on Loch Ness
Jacobite Loch Ness cruises and tours sailing throughout the year.
Roy Bridge, Stronlossit
Located at the edge of the Glen Roy National Nature Reserve and adjacent to the natural wilderness of the Highlands, the Stronlossit Inn is the perfect base from which to explore the wonders of Scotland. Visitors to the region are transfixed by magnificent scenery, with rugged mountains, lochs and tranquil glens.
The Barge Inn, Fort William
Steam in the Scottish Highlands
This is a new page we have put in for the steam enthusiasts. We will give out information as we get it.
There are a lot of steam activities in the Highlands, so it should be a good site for all interested in steam.
Visit the West Coast Railways website for more information.
All the photos you will see on this site are taken by us and are in the Highlands.
2010 was a wonderful year for steam enthusiasts.
The ‘Oliver Cromwell was to come to town. This was such good news because never has such a large engine as a Britannia 4-6-2 come though Roy Bridge on it’s way to Fort William.
We are quite used to seeing the ‘Black 5’s and that size of engine, but as for the Britannia that is in another class. The date that it is to come past Kinchellie is 24 &25 April.
The Steam Ship Waverley, the last steam paddle ship in the world, comes to the Highlands every year.
One can board her at Fort William and have a truly wonderful day travelling to many places on the West Highland coast. The engine room is a must for the mechanically minded. The well equipped galley serves up great food, hot and cold.
Sutherland Inn Hotel
A small family hotel with a restaurant that is well known for its gastronomic delights. Recently renovated, we highly recommend a meal there for all the family.