Things to do in Fort William This Summer!

Things to do in Fort in and around Fort William

Obviously Active Highs have the best of things to do in Fort William this summer and coming out on lots of activities can and will make your holiday one to remember, but we would say that as we are biased right? We have compiled a list of our most popular adventures below, but also realise that a lot of our customers that visit us in the school summer holidays also want other things to do in Fort William and want to explore the rest of this fantastic area and we are always getting asked about where to go and what to do!

So  we have put together some of our favorite attractions and places to go and visit and things to do in the Fort William area (and beyond), some that cost money and some that are free! So once you have had your fill of adventure of white water rafting, gorge walking, canoeing or kayaking during your holiday then here you go!

Active Highs Activities

White Water Rafting – River Garry (Fantastic even on a wet day!)

This is our most popular activity over the summer holidays and one of the most popular things to do in Fort William. It is a fantastic experience for families with a lower age limit of 8 years plus. The reason that it is so good is that we get a release of water from the dam at the top of the river every Thursday and some Saturdays. It’s a great adventure andat grade 3 to 4 is a fun rafting trip that is not at the super extreme end of the spectrum. Even if it is raining this is still a fantastic activity to do as you are going to get wet anyway and we will supply all you need including a wetsuit please just bring a towel and footwear that can get wet. We have family rates available, check out available white water rafting trips online here.

River Rafting Safari Trips

A great fun half day out on the river, enjoying the scenery, taking in the environment from a different perspective, play some games if you wish, jump in, go for a swim! Our rafting safari trips normally take place on the River Oich which leaves Loch Oich and winds it’s way down to Fort Augustus where it spills out into the head of Loch Ness where we may even get a glimpse of the monster! This trip is ideal for families with younger kids from age 5 plus or anyone just looking for a nice afternoon out on the river! You check availability and book online here. 

Canyoning Trips

Our half day canyoning adventure is probably the most adventurous activity that we offer. Enjoy big slides and water flumes, cliff jumps and abseiling over waterfalls! This activity is definitely one for the adrenaline lover but also suitable for anyone over 12 years old that likes the water and is steady on their feet! Canyoning in Scotland is a relatively new activity but has been popular in the Alps, Spain and North America for years. If you would like to try out this fast growing adventure sport check out our half day canyoning trip availability here.

Gorge Walking Adventures

If you like the idea of canyoning but are not sure or have younger kids then our gorge walking adventure is a great alternative with smaller waterfalls to scramble up and down, smaller pool jumps, swimming and general hilarity! These trips have a minimum age of 8 plus and again all equipment is supplied with the exception of footwear and you can see more information, pictures and availability for gorge walking here.

Half Day Canoe or Kayak Trips in the Great Glen

We are very lucky being based in the heart of the Great Glen and most of our kayaking trips take place on Loch Oich which is also part of the Caledonian Canal and Great Glen Canoe Trail. You can choose to enjoy this half day journey in either an open canoe or sea touring kayak depending on your preference and experience. We will explore the loch and some of the sights buy zolpidem uk such as the Well of the Seven Heads, Old Invergarry Castle, Crannogs or maybe take a trip to Laggan Locks and the head of Loch Lochy depending on wind and weather. You can book or see more half day kayak trip information here and half day canoe trip information here.

Got The Energy for Full Day Canoe or Kayak Trip?

If you have a little more energy and have maybe spent a bit more time in boats then you may enjoy paddling the whole of Loch Oich or completing part of the Great Glen Canoe Trail by kayak or canoe. This is longer and more demanding trip with more distance covered. Check availability and book a full day canoe online here or book a full day kayak trip here.

White Water Funyakking/Kayaking

Last year we invested in 8 new NRS Outlaw 2 man inflatable kayaks for the season and they have been extremely popular with adventure lovers so far! These boats are great for beginner white water trips, very stable and fun to paddle! We run regular trips down our local rivers where you will be guided by one of our instructors who will teach yo the skills required to get you down the river! For more information please check out our funyakking page!

Other Stuff To Do Locally

Nevis Range Mountain Gondola

Take a trip up the mountain Gondola at Nevis Range which will take you up to around 600 metres where you can enjoy lunch or a drink and take in the views from up high. For more information check out

Walk Through Steall Gorge to Steall Falls

One of our favourite local short walks with a bit of adventure thrown in. Drive up Glen Nevis as far as you can to the car park and then head up the path to Steall Meadows and Steall falls. You will walk through the most amazing gorge where the River Nevis crashes through boulders below you and then appear in the most amazing meadow at the top where you will find a 3oo ft waterfall and if your vbrave can cross over the wire bridge (not for the faint hearted). Please note that this is a very rocky and narrow path along the side of a high sided river gorge. A slip or trip can and has led to some serious incidents do please wear appropriate footwear and take your time!

Visit the beaches at Mallaig and Morar

So if white sandy beaches, turquoise water and not many people is your thing then it is definitely worth a day out to Mallaig, Arisaig and Morar to check out the corral beaches and stunning seascapes. You can also stop in Glenfinnan where if you time it right you can catch the steam train chugging over the Glenfinnan viaduct on its way to Mallaig.

Visit Loch Ness

Just 10 miles from our base on Loch Oich is the village of Fort Augustus which is at the head of Loch Ness. Here you can see the historical and majestic loch, enjoy watching the boats go up and down the canal locks, head out on a fast rib or large cruise boat onto the loch itself or better still, book onto one of our trips and we will take you there ourselves!

Climb Ben Nevis

Lots of our customers either want to or do climb Ben Nevis during their holiday in Fort William and it is without a doubt one of  the most popular things to do in Fort William. Ben Nevis is a fantastic mountain and great day out but please remember it is also the highest mountain in the UK and you are also ascending from sea level. Please make sure that you are strong and fit enough to complete your climb, remember that the weather can change quickly in the mountains so you also need to be well prepared wearing and carrying the correct equipment and able to navigate your way around in bad weather.

For more information on things to do in Fort William please drop us an email to or call us on 01809 5014589.