An area of outstanding natural beauty, the Outdoor Capital of the UK has a wide variety of landscapes; the mountains, glens, coastline, lochs and rivers leave you in no doubt you are experiencing the great outdoors at its best. This is especially true when you are amongst the most breathtaking and fabulous scenery the world has to offer! The landscape is incredibly diverse, from the white sands of Morar on the Road to the Isles, to the iconic Ben Nevis the highest mountain in the United Kingdom.
Explore the fascinating routes through Scotland's hills and mountains and acres of forests and woodlands to uncover an unrivalled picturesque landscape. For a truly unspoilt landscape, look no further than the Knoydart Peninsula, a great wilderness on the west coast that is only accessible with a 20-mile hike or by boat.
The Outdoor Capital has hundreds of miles of coastline, which is home to a fantastic marine environment, including dolphins and whales, and some of the largest collections of seabirds anywhere in Europe. Inland, there are many rivers, lochs and waterways to explore; including the Caledonian Canal connecting the east coast at Inverness with the west coast at Corpach near Fort William highlighting the human presence in and around it as it has changed throughout the years.
Discover the Lochaber Geopark its aim is to raise awareness of the extraordinary story behind the formation of the local landscape. Find out here about some of the amazing geological events which have shaped this part of the Highlands, also see local events or international earthquake information in our news section.
Scotland will celebrate its outstanding natural beauty with the “Year of Natural Scotland 2013”.
Forestry Commission Scotland serves as the forestry directorate of the Scottish Government. For more details of who we are and what we do, see the About Us section.
The Lochaber area is renowned for Ben Nevis and for its spectacular scenery, with the aim of raising awareness of the extraordinary story behind the formation of the local landscape.
In West Highland we are privileged to work in such a beautiful area - the spectacular hills and mountains of the west, the dramatic coastline studded with islands large and small, from Skye to Glencoe.
Situated as far west as you can go on the British mainland, this is one of the very few such forests remaining in Europe.
So what is No Fuss all about? Well basically we love the outdoors, we love events and the fun, camaraderie and craic. We have tried to strip back some of the rules and regulations involved with sport that can be a wee bit off putting at times.