Whether you want an easy stroll along a local waymarked path or to walk from one coast of Scotland to another, this area has the route for you. Two long distance walks pass though our area. The Great Glen Way trails north 73 miles between Fort William and Inverness and the new East Highland Way of 78 miles connects Fort William with Aviemore in the Cairngorms National Park. Our members in Spean Bridge and Invergarry can help with accommodation, meals and transport for the Great Glen Way while those in Spean Bridge and Roy Bridge provide the same services for the East Highland Way.
Your accommodation provider will have more details of lots of local walks for all abilities, or try Walk Highlands.
The Glen Spean and Great Glen area offers probably the best biking facilities and trails in the UK. The challenging Downhill track at Nevis Range has hosted UCI Mountain Bike World Cup events in recent years and was the venue for the World Championships in 2007. Cross country enthusiasts are also well served by the stunning high level Red Route on Aonach Mor (accessible by the mountain gondola). There are also over 48 km of off road trails around Leanachan Forest - from easy, family tracks to single track cross country routes, like the Witch's Trails. Bike and equipment hire is available at Nevis Range and Fort William.
The mountain experience for all seasons! Britain's only mountain gondola carries visitors up to 2150ft on Aonach Mor, beside Ben Nevis. The journey takes 15 minutes each way, and is suitable for all age groups and most wheelchair users. There are two marked trails to viewpoints from where you can see the hills of Knoydart, Ardgour and Moidart. Skiers and snowboarders hit the slopes in winter, whilst climbers make use of the ride to reach winter routes. 25 miles of forest tracks are there to explore on foot or by bike. Lessons and equipment hire are available. Snowgoose restaurant & bar at the top gondola station serves hot meals and snacks. Base station Café and T-huts on the slopes offer warming drinks & snacks.
Mountaineering and Munro Bagging
Glen Spean and the southern end of the Great Glen are ideal bases for exploring the wild and rugged mountains of Scotland's west coast. The higher peaks can provide challenges for even the most experienced mountaineer, the soaring ridges of Ben Nevis being some of the most exhilarating expeditions in the British Isles. There's rock climbing too, both high and low level, abseiling, gorge walking and a host of other mountaincraft related activities. Whatever the weather, whatever the season, the hills, mountain and glens of Lochaber offer a peace and tranquillity that is rare in the modern world - a timeless place with time for you.
Look at a map of Glen Spean and the Great Glen! All that blue stuff is water with the great majority of the lochs and streams the habitat of wild brown trout, Wild Atlantic Salmon and northern pike. This means sport fishing as good as it gets with the bonus of spectacular and secluded Highland surroundings. Most waters require a permit or at least permission which is generally inexpensive by the day or week from estate offices, hotels and private individuals.
The local Wild Fly Fishing School is the highest accredited VS 5 Star Fishing school in Scotland. It provides 'Learn Wild Fly Fishing' and 'Guided/Coaching' excursions for experienced fly fishers for wild brown trout and Wild Atlantic salmon at secluded lochs and streams within private estates in the area. Individuals, small groups and families (children over 8 years) are very welcome with a pickup service from all local accommodations. For more information please visit: www.fishing-scotland.co.uk
Looking for exhilarating and fantastic fun in the great outdoors? Whether it's quad biking or white water rafting, canyoning or clay pigeon shooting, paintballing or gorge walking, the Glen Spean area has an exciting range of activities on land and water. For further details visit www.activehighs.co.uk and www.quadbiketours.co.uk
Wildlife and Landscape Photography
The natural beauty of Glen Spean and the Great Glen provides unlimited and stunning photo opportunities. Improve your skills by joining a photography workshop or tour led by an experienced and knowledgeable photographer. Visit the best locations for capturing Highland scenery and wildlife on camera - from red deer to whales, otters to golden eagles. For full information visit www.wildwestsafari.co.uk
Canoeing & Kayaking
This area is a great base for paddlers as it has the greatest concentration of kayaking and canoeing in the region, at a wide range of levels of difficulty, from sheltered flat water on the Caledonian Canal to technical white water gorges and creeks. In addition Loch Arkaig and Loch Lochy offer good inland touring potential with a bothy and islands to explore on the former.
The Spean Bridge golf course (9 hole, Par 34, Length 2271 yards) has a very traditional Scottish, woodland layout. The natural features of the land have been incorporated into the course so that it makes for an interesting and challenging experience. It lies on the south side of the West Highland railway line, the clubhouse opposite the station. Visitors are always made very welcome!
From the sea at Fort William, the Caledonian Canal connects Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and Loch Ness and these lochs offer an inland passage for yachts and pleasure cruises from the Atlantic to the North Sea. Loch Oich is ideal for learning to sail while Loch Lochy, which can be quite exposed, is more suitable for experienced dinghy and windsurfer sailors.
Riding and Pony Trekking
Saddle up! Explore the spectacular mountains and rolling moorland of Glen Spean and the Great Glen on horseback. No matter what your age or ability, expert local tuition is available for the novice or more experienced equestrian.
Visit www.outdoorcapital.co.uk for full information on the multitude of activities available in the Lochaber area of the Highlands.