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The Great Glen Way 

The Great Glen, a natural fault line cutting the Highlands in two, has long been a major communication route. 
From Fort William to the south west the Great Glen Way, Scotland’s fourth ‘official’ Long Distance Route, follows a route through the glen – first along the Caledonian Canal and Neptune’s Staircase at Banavie near Fort William and then alongside Loch Lochy and Loch Oich to Fort Augustus, the central point of the Glen. More Details

Loch Oich Circuit

A moderate walk makes a circuit around attractive Loch Oich utilising the Great Glen Way along the shores and the Great Glen Cycle route higher above the loch on the northern side.
Starting at the post office, through the forest, a very scenic route.

The West Highland Museum 
Fort William

The West Highland Museum holds fascinating collections of pictures, photographs, archives and artefacts. Every object has a story of its own to tell and all together they throw light on life in the West Highlands from the stone tool cultures of the Mesolithic to the technologies of modern industry. The items on display offer an intriguing insight into a unique way of life. From soldiers to crofters, princes to clergymen – all the people of the West Highlands are represented. Along with geological and archaeological exhibits they present a vivid depiction of life in the West Highlands.

Treasures Of The Earth Fort William

You will be amazed by this incredible display, which took nature more than 500 Million years to create.
Housed in an atmospheric simulation of caves, caverns and mining scenes, you will find crystals over a meter tall and geodes over 7 feet tall; fossilised remains from tiny insects trapped in amber to vicious prehistoric monsters like our fossil Mosasaur.

Loch Ness

At 23 miles long, Loch Ness covers a large area, filled with many different points of interest. In fact, as you travel along the shoreline, you’ll notice the character of the landscape shifting – with every new horizon offering different things to see and explore.

The main A82 road links Fort William in the south to Inverness in the north and hugs the northern shoreline of Loch Ness along its length. At the southernmost tip of the loch you’ll find Fort Augustus, a picturesque village filled with warmth and character – and an ideal spot to view the boats navigating through the impressive loch system of the Caledonian Canal.

Caledonian Canal

60 miles of Scottish Highland splendour amid outstanding unspoilt scenery best describes the Caledonian Canal.
Slicing through the Great Glen, this majestic canal is considered by many as one of the greatest waterways of the world. Four natural lochs – Loch Lochy, Loch Oich, the famous Loch Ness and Loch Dochfour – all lie in near perfect alignment between Fort William and Inverness making up 38 of the 60 mile coast to coast channel. The remaining 22 miles being man-made canal linking these four lochs together.

British Waterways

The Caledonian Canal Visitors Centre 

Fort Augustus, at the heart of the Great Glen, is a hive of activity – bustling with boaters, locals and visitors. Take time out to enjoy the Caledonian Canal Visitor Centre. A small but unique venue showcasing the history of Thomas Telford’s Caledonian Canal from its beginnings to its present day rejuvenation.
Free admission. Open 7 days. From Easter to the End of October 9.30am – 5.30pm Closed 1 hour for lunch. School visits or out of hours opening for groups may be possible by prior arrangement. Call 01320 366493 for advice.

Active Highs

Active Highs offers outdoor activities in Scotland near Fort William and Fort Augustus and are based in the heart of the Great Glen on the shores of Loch Oich.

  • White Water Rafting Trips
  • Scenic River Rafting Safari Trips
  • White Water Funyakking
  • Canyoning
  • Gorge Walking
  • Canoe Trips
  • Kayak Trips
  • Rock Climbing & Abseiling

Faichemard Farm Campsite

Their aim is to provide a place for you to relax and enjoy space, peace and quiet in the Highland hills. Run by the family since 1935 and where the Grants have lived since 1868, this unique site is surrounded by picturesque Glengarry mountains. They have 35 pitches, which are spread over 10 acres, giving each pitch an individual character.