Winter and Snow sports


Fort William and the surrounding area is officially designated “The Outdoor Capital of the UK” with good reason, it is the Outdoor Capital of the UK!

The Nevis Range is the main centre for winter sports at Fort William. Take a look below at what they offer.

Torlundy House is about 2 miles by road and 1.5 miles by cycle track from the Nevis Range, about the closet you can get accommodation.

  • Skiing – some great skiing available, often testing and different to Alpine skiing. The Nevis Rangehas equipment hire, best to book in the busy season. The Gondola takes you up to a little over 2000 feet and from there chairlifts and drags take you to the runs of varying ability. There are nursery slopes as well.
  • Snow Boarding – the Nevis Range build a Terrain Park at the top of Aonach Mor for all the boarders to have fun on.
  • Climbing for the experienced from rock to ice climbing. There are plenty of guides and instructors for those who need their assistance. There is even indoor climbing at Kinlochleven, complete with ice wall, for when the weather will not let you up the mountain.
  • Walking – is available all year round. Fort William is at the north western end of the West Highland Way and the south western end of the Great Glen Way
  • Cycling – another all year rounder, miles of Mountain Bike trails in the forest, all accessible from Torlundy House or the Nevis Range, for those wanting a less challenging level ride there is the tow path by the Caledonian Canal. Further afield, but still a great day cycling while staying with us is the Laggan Wolf Trax for Mountain Bikes. It is also possible to drive with you bikes to other forest trails at places such as Glenfinnan or Achnacarry.
  • Winter climb up Ben Nevis – unless you are an experienced climber you will need the services of a guide and all the right equipment like ropes and crampons to attempt even the “tourist path” up Ben Nevis. Avalanches are fairly common in winter and the path is covered in deep snow most of the time. We have a link to mountain guides on our links page.

Picture credits: © Nevis Range, Peter Leeming Photography, Torlundy House & Guests.