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Whilst staying at our Guest House, you may like to visit the local sights. Lochaber is a huge outdoor playground which caters for a wide range of modern pursuit activities from mountain and hill sports to watersports with an amazing choice of things to do in between.
Complementing these are more traditional sports and activities, some unique to the Highlands.
The mountains, glens, rivers, lochs and sea provide a most beautiful environment to learn a new skill or enjoy your sport in magnificent settings.
From we hope to provide information about organised activities, outdoor activities you can do yourself and at your own pace and other things which you may be interested to know about. Sightseeing will not be forgotten, so keep a bookmark on for the future.
In addition to sports there are other outdoor activites you can experience such as taking a cruise down Loch linnhe to see the seals play, or visit a salmon sea-farm, and there's also the great scenery with good views of Ben Nevis from the loch.
Lochaber Highland Games is an event held every summer in July at An Aird. The Honorary Chieftain of our Games is Sir Jimmy Savile..
Highland games have evolved from when ancient Clan Chiefs would organise contests to find the strongest men for bodyguards, the fastest men for couriers and the fittest men for their army. As a sporting event these contests were a way by which rival clans could compete with each other without resorting to the bloodshed of battle. Not all the contests were warlike. Pipers and dancers were also important for entertainment and the best were favoured by the Clan Chief.
Today, Highland Games are still competitive, physical and musical and very entertaining for spectators.
Fort William and the Lochaber area forms a large part of the West Highlands of Scotland. Visitors in the UK and from around the world are often amazed at the sheer beauty of the countryside. With a relatively low population, there is a real sense of countryside and the out-of-doors. Nevis Range and Ben Nevis, as well as the Glencoe area, are renowned as mountainous areas of great beauty and wait for you to explore. Ardnamurchan, the Road to the Isles and the Great Glen area have more to offer than you could possibly imagine.
Glen Coe is a steep-sided valley climbing steadily south east from the village of Glencoe on the sea-loch, Loch Leven. It eventually emerges from its enveloping mountains onto the wet plateau of Rannoch Moor ten miles away and at an altitude of over 1000 feet.
Glen Coe is famous for two main reasons: its topography and its history. The name probably means "narrow glen" and for the sheer majesty of mountain scenery there is little to beat it anywhere. The north side of the glen is closely hemmed in by the jagged edge of the Aonach Eagach ridge, usually thought to be the most challenging ridge scramble in mainland Scotland.
The Buttresses of Bidean nam Bian The south side of lower Glen Coe revolves around the complex mountain architecture of Bidean nam Bian, a reclusive giant that keeps its summit hidden behind three huge protruding buttresses that tower over the glen. And between two of these buttresses lies the high level hidden valley of Allt Coire Gabhai,, for many years used by the Glen Coe MacDonalds to hide their cattle, and anyone else's they could get their hands on.
Habitation in modern Glen Coe is largely confined to the village of Glencoe at the bottom of the glen. On the main road nearby is the new Glencoe Visitor Centre, opened in 2002. At the top of the glen it opens out onto the boggy expanse of Rannoch Moor at the Kingshouse Hotel. The name comes from its origin as a staging post on the military road now followed by the West Highland Way from here to Kinlochleven.
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