Things To Do

Adventure Awaits

Looking for things to do in Fort William, Lochaber and beyond?

A visit to Ardechive is a chance to explore your wild side. Get out in nature to enjoy the landscape’s serene beauty, its scents and its wildlife. Or, try your hand at some entertaining outdoor pursuits.

Explore the Highlands

Ardechive is nestled directly beside Loch Arkaig, with Loch Blar and the town of Fort William a short drive away.

Live Like a Local

However you choose to enjoy your visit, we can help. Ask us for tips, recommendations or for help booking activities.

Guided Tours

Explore the wilderness of Lochaber and Fort William, led by a local guide. Small groups of up to six people can tour the Highlands in 4×4 vehicles.

Popular tours include wild stag feeding, where you can get up close with one of Scotland’s most majestic creatures, and wildlife tours, where you’ll encounter birds of prey, Highland cattle, pine martens and more.


Wild brown, Ferox and Char trout can all be found within the waters of Loch Arkaig and Loch Blar. Fishing trips are made simple, with experienced guides,  transport, boats and permits arranged in advance for maximum enjoyment, and a range of rods and tackle available for hire.

Spend a day on a glistening loch surrounded by imposing woodlands and the sounds of nature. Trips can last up to eight hours for small groups of four people or fewer.


Shooting experiences can be arranged for first-time shooters or experienced shots. Choose from clay pigeon shooting or target shooting with a high-velocity rifle. Safety equipment, guns and ammunition are provided, as well as an instructor who will accompany you through the shoot.

Stag and hind shooting dependent on availability can also be booked during the Stalking season.


The local Lochaber area and the nearby Glencoe offer some of the most breathtaking views in Scotland. Hillwalking is a great way to immerse yourself in spellbinding Scottish nature.

We can advise you of some of our favourite walking routes, or we’re happy to arrange a guided walking tour in the surrounding area.

The brave hearted can attempt to conquer Ben Nevis, while smaller Munros like Gulvain, Sgùrr na Cìche and Gleouraich offer similarly spectacular Highland views.


Can you hit the bull’s-eye? Take part in a high-energy archery session, with an instructor to keep you on target.

After a quick training session, where your instructor will discuss technique and safety, you can try your hand at archery using a traditional bow and arrow. This experience is suitable for children and adults.

Sightseeing: Fort William and Beyond

The picturesque town of Fort William is just 40 minutes away by car. There you can explore the West Highland Museum, enjoy cafés and restaurants or visit the nearby Ben Nevis Distillery.

For day trips, try Fort Augustus, just one hour away, or the famous Loch Ness, which can be reached in an hour and a half.

The iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct, which features in the Harry Potter films, is a 30-minute drive away, and well worth a journey.

Wildlife Spotting

You won’t have to look far for a glimpse of wild animals. Red deer, hare, otters and even pine martens can be found nearby, if you look for them.

Rare birdlife can also be found here, including ospreys, golden eagles and cuckoos. When travelling with children, we recommend keeping a wildlife journal to help them remember all the new flora and fauna they encounter.

“There was so much for everyone to do, even in rainy weather. The kids caught their first brown trout after a hill walk up to Loch Blar. The best part was the West Highland fresh air and feeling of tranquility.”

How Can We Help?

If you’d like to book a tour or simply have questions about the best places to visit near Ardechive, Loch Arkaig, Loch Blar, Lochaber and Fort William, contact us.