Lochaber is a wild, beautiful, remote region in the heart of the West Highlands of Scotland. It contains some of the most spectacular scenery in the Highlands. This wild and dramatic landscape, over 5000 square kilometres, has borne witness to intense volcanic activity, changing climates and major glaciation events. The area lies within the Lochaber Geopark, an internationally important region in which geology has had a major impact on the landscape, history, culture and fauna and flora. Lochaber is renowned for its wildlife, and supports some of the UK’s rarest and internationally important wildlife, including, osprey, golden eagle, sea eagle, otter, pine marten, wild cat and red squirrel, as well as a rich cetacean fauna. There are some great places for birding and ample opportunities to see wildlife by foot, bike, car and boat.
Lochaber also offers some of the best walking opportunities in the Western Highlands, from pleasant strolls to long distance treks, from coastal walks to Munros. The long distance walks include the Western Highlands Way and the Great Glen Way.
Lochaber also supports a wide range of outdoor pursuits, from the gentle to the extreme, catering to all levels of fitness and interest. It is no surprise that Fort William and the surrounding area has earned the reputation as one of the outdoor and adventure hotspots in the UK.
Lochaber is steeped in history with royal connections, as evidenced by its historic castles and townships, monuments and interpretation centres. This is a mystical land imbued with legends of giants, chimeric beasts, headless bodies, mermaids, phantom hounds, evil spirits, and buried treasure. It is no surprise that the landscape, history and culture of the region have inspired musicians, painters, photographers and writers alike, contributing to a diverse literary, artistic and musical heritage.
Stunning scenery, varied topography, diverse flora and fauna and a rich cultural heritage all make Lochaber a great holiday destination. Take time to explore the varied regions of Lochaber which include some of the most spectacular regions in Scotland, including Ardnamurchan, Moidart, North and South Morar, Knoydart, Morvern, Sunart, Ardgour, Ben and Glen Nevis, Glen Roy, Glen Coe, Rannoch Moor and the Small Isles.
Whatever your interests you are sure to have a memorable holiday whether you decide to stay in the historic town of Fort William, in the wilds of the Ardnamurchan, in the dramatic and historic landscapes of Glencoe, or along romantic The Road to The Isles.