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Everything you’d ever want to do or see on a mountain.
Just a short drive northwards from Fort William is a mountainous outcrop known as Aonach Mor. Located almost right next to its better known cousin, Ben Nevis, this mountain is the site of the famous Nevis Range Mountain Resort which hosts some premier events throughout the year, from the Fort William World Cup Downhill Championships to the FIM Trials Championships and more.
It also happens to be one of the premier activities destinations for those of us who are mere mortals and who can only dream of being that good on two wheels. From the cross country and downhill biking trails, to the skiing and snowboarding in the winter, this fabulous piece of mountainside heaven has something for everyone.
We visited a couple of weeks ago to check it out and were delighted by what we found. The facilities offered include a very necessary gondola system that takes visitors around half way up the mountain in a short, comfortable ride. At the mountain station you’ll find the snowgoose restaurant, which serves fabulous coffee and delicious home baking, a small souvenir shop and a kids playarea, which is great for keeping youngsters amused after the excitement of the the gondola.
There are a couple of fabulous viewpoints to walk to up here, and the vista really is quite something, although you do have to remember that you’re halfway up a mountain at this point and with the weather so changeable you should make sure you’re dressed properly for the occasion.
Back at base level we visited the cycle shop and the newly built Pinemartin Restaurant for a light lunch of pannini’s. There’s a lovely terrace out at the back and we sat out in glorious sunshine (a change from the cloudy start we’d had to the day) watching some young riders practising their art on the skills section.
The Nevis Range Mountain Resort has a whole variety of activities to enjoy here. There’s a high rope course, a selection of forest walks, plenty of cycling routes that range in ability level and much more. The staff here are friendly and helpful and our visit was a real pleasure.