Easter Activities in Fort William
A Family Activity Eggstravaganza!
With the 2018 spring and summer season approaching fast (honest, last week’s snow was just a blip!) Active Highs are looking forward to lighter nights, warmer weather and a good fun activity filled season! If you are visiting the Highlands over the holidays we have a great selection of Easter activities in Fort William or Fort Augustus and will be open full time with plenty of fun activities to be had!
Our white water rafting season on the River Garry kicks off in a couple of weeks with our first trip on the 29th March when the dam starts spilling that all important water needed to fill up our river. This adrenaline packed adventure is suitable for participants of 8 years and above and is a fantastic activity experience for families and all adventure lovers! The dam releases are normally every Thursday throughout the season with some Saturday’s thrown in for those weekend breaks. If you need more information about white water rafting and river grades please read this article.
We will also be running our white water funyakking trips and are looking forward to the delivery of our new NRS Outlaw inflatable white water kayaks! These new boats are going to be a great addition to our fleet of white water canoes and give us more options for the more adventurous paddlers. This activity can again be done by anyone at 8 years plus.
If you have younger children or a looking for a more sedate river trip then our River Rafting Safari Trips are a great option and anyone from 5 years upwards can join in (accompanied of course). These trips a re a great half day experience and normally take place on the River Oich which starts to flow towards Loch Ness from Loch Oich near our base. You will experience the river environment, take in the views and scenery and enjoy some small rapids of up to grade 2. It’s always worth bringing a snack or treat for the wee ones & there is always a chance of spotting some wildlife!
For the real adrenaline hunter we will be running our ever popular canyoning trips as long as the weather plays ball! We just need to see a slight warm up in the current weather patterns and we will then be in a position to guide people down one of Scotland’s most fun and spectacular river canyon. Our specialist wetsuits and canyoning kit will be available for those early season dips to help keep you warm and enjoy your experience! This activity is available to participants over 12 years old.
If you have a good sense of adventure but are a little unsure about a canyoning trip or kids over 8 but under 12 we will also be running our half day gorge walking trips. Gorge walking is a great half day adventure and a fantastic family activity experience with small waterfalls to scramble up and down, smaller jumps into pools than you would find on our canyoning trips.
If you are looking for a nice paddle out on the loch we have some great fun canoe and kayak trips available from 2 hour intro paddles to full day adventures by sea kayak or open canoe. Loch Oich is a great place to paddle as it is part of the Caledonian Canal system and on the Great Glen Canoe Trail. There are some great points of interest to go and explore including The Well of the Seven Heads, a historic monument that tells the gruesome tale of a ancient feud in the glen. There is also Old Invergarry Castle which was the seat of the Chiefs of the Clan MacDonnell of Glengarry, a powerful branch of the Clan Donald. The castle’s position overlooking Loch Oich on Creagan an Fhithich – the Raven’s Rock – in the Great Glen, was a strategic one in the days of clan warfare. There is also a Crannog on Loch Oich, Crannogs are a type of ancient loch-dwelling found throughout Scotland and Ireland. Most seem to have been built as individual homes to accommodate extended families.
For younger children from 7 upwards we would recommend our 2 hour introductory session where the focus will be learning to kayak or canoe in a fun way and our half day and full day trips are aimed more at those looking for an enjoyable scenic journey whilst taking in some of the points of interest noted above.
If you are looking for something to do on dry land we also have our half day introduction to rock climbing and abseiling available at our learner friendly venue at the Bridge of Oich. This 10 metre cliff is an ideal place for first time climbers and we will get you involved in holding the ropes for your climbing partner to keep them safe, climbing the crag and walking off the cliff backwards (otherwise known as abseiling).
We will also be running target sports sessions at our base including archery and crossbows where you can test your aim and enjoy some friendly competition with your family or friends.