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In celebration of the last days of summer (i.e. the near arrival of snow) a few of us kids went up to Heather Hat in Glen Nevis and did some bouldering while BBQ-ing up some burgers, reggae reggae style of course. For those of you who don’t climb or boulder Heather Hat is giant boulder that has a covering of heather. It juts out at a rough 30 degree angle making it the perfect place for a BBQ, be it rain or shine. It also makes it the perfect place for a boulder. But beware, bring a bouldering mat if you do plan to give it a go as a fall onto the sharps rocks below could result in a … Read more
Sunday, the 18th of September ended up being the perfect day for a swim for six local women and one junior for the annual Loch Linnhe Swim in Fort William, organised by English Channel swimmer Morag Hughes. Despite the pelting rain and icy water temperatures the six brave ladies jumped into the boats and got motored across to the other side of Loch Linnhe to start their swim. The swim is 1.2 km from Treslaig over to the Lochaber Yacht Club and to be included in the race the swimmers are not allowed to wear a wetsuit. Winning the race was Fiona Thompson with a time of 21.33, followed closely by Lochaber Mountain Rescue’s Emma Pearce. Shortly after there was the … Read more
A short promotional film for The Highland Soap Co. made by Linnhe Creative shot in Glencoe & Glen Nevis near Fort William and Ben Nevis. “We are a family run Scottish soap company, our natural skin care products are made with an emphasis on organic, fresh wild harvested ingredients and herbal therapy in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. Where every stone, tree and river has our richly romantic and heroic history embedded within.” To buy online please visit www.highlandsoaps.com. To enquire about video promotion for your business, please get in touch!
Private 1 Day Tours of the Scottish Highlands. Fort William & Glenfinnan Our first visit on this local Highland Tour has to be Glen Nevis, nestling beneath the highest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis. Glen Nevis is one of the most scenic glens in the Highlands, and is where many films, including Rob Roy, Highlander, Braveheart and Harry Potter have been made. Just outside Fort William, we visit our very own 13th century Inverlochy Castle, and optionally the Ben Nevis distillery or the mountain cable car at the Nevis Range, on the way to the village of Spean Bridge. Just beyond Spean Bridge is the evocative Commando Monument, with magnificent panoramic views of the Nevis Mountain range. Read more. Isle of … Read more
A beautiful short film about some of the people who have made their life around Ben Nevis in Fort William, Lochaber. Keep your eyes peeled for lovely Postie “a couple of tiddlers for you” Jim! Made by Ezra Byrne & Katherine Owen of Newport Film School. There are plenty facilities nearby Glen Nevis and Ben Nevis including hostels, camp sites and Bed & Breakfasts to rest your arching bones, all of which are only minutes from the town centre of Fort William. If you plan to stay in Fort William itself then check out our list of Fort William Hotels nearby Ben Nevis. To get a live stream of Ben Nevis, check out The Ben Nevis Webcam! Please share this blog with your friends! Ben from Kate Owen on Vimeo.
Tommorrow the World’s greatest riders and their respective teams will arrive at Nevis Range, Fort William – Scotland for the sixth round of the 2011 SPEA FIM Trial World Championship. This weekend marks the second consecutive year that Nevis Range has hosted a leg of the World series and if the 2010 UK World Trial was anything to go by, then this year’s event promises to be one not to be missed. The festivities kick off on Saturday morning when spectators will be treated to an abundance of two-wheeled talent. Once the riders have put their bikes through technical control they will be on hand to sign autographs, before practising in anticipation for Sunday’s main event. Saturday afternoon visitors will … Read more
As most of you will know Ben Nevis is the tallest mountain in the UK towering at a colossal 4406ft or 1344m. Due to its height and enormous beauty it is one of the most popular yet dangerous places in Scotland, for example in 1999 saw 41 rescues including 4 fatalities. There are around 100,000 ascents of Ben Nevis each year with the majority of tourists using the walking route accessible via lower Glen Nevis. This track was created in 1883 at the same time as the observatory and is more commonly referred to as the ‘Pony Track’. The track goes right to the summit through a series of windy paths up the western face, most climbers tend to use … Read more
“The Glen Nevis River Race is an extreme challenge involving participants navigating through the icy waters of a two-mile stretch of the River Nevis on an air-bed (Lilo). The intrepid adventurers begin by launching themselves off a small ledge on a rock face, plunging into the freezing waters of the River Nevis below. The rules are clear participants have to follow the deepest course of the river through rocks and rapids, whilst negotiating major obstacles like the Gurgling Gorge, Dead Dog Pool, the Leg Breaker and the Lower Falls Leap; finishing in the calmer waters further down the glen.” Click here for more information. If you’re planning a trip to Fort William to do the Glen Nevis River Race next … Read more
What comes to mind when you think of the West Coast of Scotland?! Lots of things associated with fishing, water and outdoor activities etc. Before the days of planes, trains, and automobiles, the British Waterways of Scotland were like our modern day motorways. I thought it would be a good idea to do a blog in celebration of boats – of all sizes as you’ll see – that have been spotted in Lochaber and Fort Wiliam over the last two weeks. The relationship between boat and crew is something I tried to capture. There was a dog named Rhia who got very protective of her boat and captain, Gail. However, she did calm down and I was invited onto the boat … Read more
June. I think it’s my favourite month. It’s the month of the summer solstice so it stays light all hours of the night. The heather blooms across the hills in Lochaber, turning them a lovely purple. The sun shines and creates a near Mediterranean heat (without wind chill) flocking people to places like the Silver Sands of Morar, near Arisaig. It’s also the month I passed my driving test (20th of June to be very exact). So what did I do on the first drive of freedom?! Firstly, I drove my parents to the Achintee Inn at the foot of Ben Nevis for a congratulatory cup of tea and slice of pie. Secondly, I took my camera and drove to … Read more