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The Outdoor Capital of the UK, Fort William, An Gearasdan, is at the heart of Lochaber. It’s the place where the West Highland Way ends and the Great Glen Way begins. It has mountains and skiing when there’s snow and even if there’s no snow, there’s walking, running, climbing, river races, sailing, kayaking, mountain biking to name but a few. Fort William is everyone’s favourite base camp for whatever sport they choose.
It is here you can stock up on provisions and buy kit or relax after a great day out in one of the bars, cafes or restaurants.
There’s the Mountain Film Festival, the Lochaber Music Festival and, if you like your sport a little more mechanised, the Six Days Trial when motorcyclists from across Europe converge on the town.
Ardnamurchan, Glencoe, Ben Nevis and Glen Nevis, Road to the Isles and the Great Glen are the areas that traditionally make up Lochaber. That’s a roll call of some of the most magnificent countryside in Scotland and the West Highlands.
In the last century commandos and secret agents were sent to survival schools and training camps in this part of the world; nowadays people come for fun and their activities have earned Fort William the title The Outdoor Capital of the UK.
But don’t let all this hearty activity blind you to the fact that Lochaber has a wonderful rich history and tradition built upon Gaelic culture; after all it was here that Prince Charles Edward Stuart chose to land and raise his standard in his attempt to reclaim the throne for the Jacobites.