The highest mountain and deepest loch
From summit to sea, we have it all - including the highest mountain (Ben Nevis) and the deepest loch (Loch Morar) in the UK. The beaches of the West Highlands rival any in the world and favourites such as those around Morar, Camusdarach and Arisaig offer tantalising views of the isles of the Inner Hebrides such as Mull and Skye.
Or take a walk to see one of our wonderful waterfalls - they look even better during and after the rain!
Ben Nevis (Beinn Nibheis) attracts a large number of visitors each year simply because, at 1,344m (4406ft), it is Britain’s highest mountain. The normal route to the summit follows the Pony Track up the northwestern flank of the mountain. It was built along with a metereological observatory.
However, Ben Nevis is not just of interest to mountaineers and peak-baggers. It also designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) because of both its geology and natural history.
Loch Morar (Loch Mòrair), which is situated near the coastal village of Morar, is the deepest freshwater loch in the British Isles. At 310m (1017ft) deep, it is deeper than much of the seabed off the west coast of Scotland. The loch fills a steep-sided rock basin carved out by glaciers. It is 18km (12 miles) long and over 2km (1mile) wide in places. The water from Loch Morar spills down to the sea along the River Morar. At one time it drained further south across the Mointeach Mhòr, but this route became blocked by glacial debris. Loch Morar is a popular holiday spot on the picturesque Road to the Isles from Fort William to Mallaig and is an excellent place for kayaking.
The Great Glen (An Gleann Mòr) runs 104km (65 miles) across the Scottish Highlands from Inverness on the Moray Firth to Fort William at the head of Loch Linnhe.
The glen follows the line of an enormously long geological fault known as the Great Glen Fault, which bisects the Highlands and can be traced at least as far as Ireland in one direction and Shetland in the other. The fault has a very complex history and movement along the fault probably took place in different directions at different times.
European and Global Geopark status
The outstanding quality of Lochaber's Earth Heritage was officially recognised in April 2007 when Lochaber was awarded European and Global Geopark status. Many geological features of national and international importance can be seen right across Lochaber - ranging from a deeply eroded volcano on Rum in the west, to the amazing Parallel Roads of Glen Roy in the east. A set of leaflets guide you round these fascinating features on a number of trails which can be downloaded here.
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Ben Nevis Guide
Rockhopper Sea Kayaking is a fully mobile provider of guided sea kayaking trips and sea kayaking instruction based near Fort William on the West Coast of Scotland.
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