[VIDEO]Ben Nevis: A week in the life…

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A week in the life of the UK’s Highest Mountain, Ben Nevis! We used The Ben Nevis Webcam to put together a short time-lapse film of a week in the life of Fort William and Ben Nevis.  Keep your eye out for the fastest sheep you’ve ever seen..! 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 … Read more

[PHOTOS] Storm & Sunset in Fort William, Lochaber

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Horizontal rain. Gail force winds. Nearly being blown off the pavement walking to work. Waterproofed clothing head to toe (only making you more prone to being airborne during high gusts of wind). Winning or losing bets on whether there was going to be a power cut. Sound familiar? If you were in Fort William, or anywhere else along the West Coast of Scotland during the third week of May, then it should. For some it was a few days spent indoors with a cup of hot tea and a good book, watching from double paned windows while stairwells and waterfalls became synonymous. For others it was a day out to experience Mother Nature’s version of a good time. Here are … Read more

[PHOTOS]Kayaking on The River Garry, in Lochaber

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What better way is there to spend a typical rainy/sunny/windy/hot/cold summer day in the Lochaber region than on the River Garry in Invergarry on one of the dam release days?! So here we are; Chris Glebocki, an outdoor instructor, shoulder deep in one of the top play holes on the river, and me donning my Canon SLR and wellington boots, shin deep in refreshing river water. The River Garry is situated about 40 minutes drive North of Spean Bridge and is used frequently for River Rafting trips by local adventure companies like Highland Activities and Vertical Descents. Releasing most Thursdays and Saturdays over the summer it has mainly grade 3 and 4 rapids and is a popular spot for paddlers … Read more

Day out on Cow Hill, Glen Nevis and Fort William [PHOTOS]


Here’s a few photos from a great day out on the Cow Hill There’s a path linking Fort William and its communities with Glen Nevis. There are views at several points, looking down on Fort William, up onto Ben Nevis and out along Loch Eil towards Glenfinnan. It’s really popular with locals who can walk into town, onto Cow Hill or into Glen Nevis, why not try it yourself? Find out more on the Forestry Commission’s website. Photos copyright and courtesy of Ciera Harvey

[VIDEO] UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Fort William 2011

UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Fort William 2011

Well that’s the thrills and spills of the MTB World Cup in Fort William over for another year! 300 riders from over 25 countries took to the track cheered on by around 20,000 fans who flocked to Lochaber  to soak up the action and the occasional ray of sunshine! The great news is the event, which generates around £2.5 million for the local economy, will return to Fort William until at least 2013 thanks to a new agreement UCI has confirmed with the fantastic Nevis Range.  For more information on this story read this. We were there having a great time and felt sorry for all you who couldn’t make it, so we quickly threw together a wee video of a … Read more

Results of the MTB World Cup in Fort William [PICS]


Another great mountain bike world cup stage in Fort William over for another year, and it didn’t fail to disappoint. We’ve got a selection of snaps below for you to feast your eyes on, including both the 4-cross and downhill events. Overall Highlight: New found affection for Tracy Moseley, winner of the women’s downhill. Overall Lowlight: Instant realisation I’ve nae chance with Tracy Moseley, winner of the women’s downhill. Coming soon a lovely video so keep your eyes glued to the blog for that. South African rider Greg Minnaar took top podium place in the Men’s Downhill following a tremendous show of power and skill down the course, beating runner up Danny Hart who firmly made his mark on familiar British … Read more

Lochaber Mountain Rescue 1920′s Fundraiser [PICS]

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To raise funds for the fantastic guys at The Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team, on the 27th of May Skipinnish Fort Wiliam was transformed into a 1920′s speakeasy, although with the prohibition era long since behind us the only thing illegal were some of the dance manoeuvres! ! The night was a great success with locals and tourists alike shimmying the night away in full costume to a cracking live swing band.  A great night had by all! If you would like to make a donation to The Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team in acknowledgment of the fine work they do then just click here. Take a look at some photos from the night! Follow The Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team on Facebook! All … Read more

Going downhill, fast.


Start of the mountain bike world cup in Fort William today, it’s been great weather, great action, great beer tent and soon to be great hangover. Highlight: seeing Dougie Vipond. Lowlight: Being blanked by Dougie Vipond, Here are the results of todays qualifications: MEN’S DH QUALIFICATION: (Top 10) 1.       Aaron Gwin USA  (4:49.73) 2.       Gee Atherton GBR (4:43.87) 3.       Danny Hart GBR (4:41.01) 4.       Greg Minnaar RSA (4:52.49) 5.       Matti Lehikoinen FIN (4:43.76) 6.       Justin Leov NZL (4:54.33) 7.       Andrew Neethling RSA (4:45.06) 8.       Marc Beaumont GBR (4:45.44) 9.       Chris Kovarik AUS (4:45.76) 10.   Nick Beer SUI (4:47.03)   WOMEN’S DH QUALIFICATION: (Top 5) 1. Rachel Atherton GBR (5:35.805) 2. Tracy Moseley GBR (5:36.003) 3. Floriane Pugin FRA (5:38.717) 4. Myriam … Read more

Fort William, Glencoe & Lochaber: In The Movies! (Part 1)


Well it’s no secret how beautiful the Highlands of Scotland are, in particular Glencoe and Glen Nevis near Fort William and Ben Nevis offers some truly stunning scenery which picks you up by the scruff of the neck and says “Look!  Just look how beautiful I am!” before dropping you down in The Grog & Gruel for a pint and a dram.  Of course this fact has been long recognised by the international film industry who have chosen Lochaber and surrounding areas time and time again for some memorable moments on the silver screen.  So we thought over the coming weeks we’d give you a wee rundown of some of the most famous and some not so famous (which even … Read more

Haud oan tae yer bunnets!

Crannog and Fort William Town Pier

In the midst of being battered by 80mph winds and rain we have ventured out into the storm to bring you some (almost) live footage including massive swells on Loch Linnhe hammering the Crannog Restaurant and Town Pier in the centre of Fort William. It’s been at it all day and shows no sign of stopping with bits of buildings being ripped off, trees down and roads closing. For up to the minute feeds check out our webcams – they’re (somewhat miraculously) still up and running with live images!