Fort William sits on the banks of Loch Linnhe, a sea loch which is 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) long, and an average of 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) wide. With access to many other lochs, the Caledonian Canal, lots of rivers, and not too far from the west coast beaches, there are lots of water sports to enjoy.
- Crannog Cruises run a scenic trip down Loch Linnhe, leaving from Fort William Town Pier.
- Seaxplorer run wildlife trips, fishing trips and fast boat trips on the local lochs.
- Loch Shiel Highland Cruises run wildlife, historical, brird watching cruises on Loch Shiel at Glenfinnan, where you can also visit the Glenfinnan monument.
Standup Paddleboarding (SUP)
The only place we have found locally to take guided paddleboard tours or hire a board out yourself, is Rugged Paddleboard Glencoe. Run by a lovely couple, we have hired boards from them to take out. Although, their tours do look brilliant!
Rockhopper Sea Kayaking are based in Fort William and run single and multi day tours around the area, they also do sea kayak hire.
A short distance from Fort William is the southern end of the Caledonian Canal. This ancient water thoroughfare is a hive of activity for all forms of water-borne transport and also follows the route of the Great Glen Way, a sixty mile walk from Fort William to Inverness, through the Great Glen. Much of this walk follows the tow-path or shores of the Lochs; Lochy; Oich and Ness. A very popular location for visitors and locals, with plenty to see on foot, bike or canoe. The Canal links the Atlantic with the North Sea.
Great Glen canoe trail
Scotland’s first formal canoe trail opened in March 2012. Following a rise in the number of paddlers using the Glen, the canoe trail provides guidance and support when planning your adventure, with facilities en route, like toilets and interpretation. For more information please see the Great Glen Canoe Trail website.