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Boats

Learn to windsurf or sail at Linnhe Marine Boat Hire – or if you’re already familiar with the wind and the waves, hire a boat and explore the loch’s castles and prehistoric sites.

There are several cruise companies in Fort William that run daily cruises on Loch Linnhe, a trip that gives you a dramatic view of Glencoe. The skipper of Crannog Cruises gives you a live commentary – pointing out sightings of seals, otters and porpoises.

Drive round to Loch Shiel and you can go for a cruise on M.V. Sileas – choose from a variety of trips from one hour to a full day. For something a little more pacey, try SeaXplorer – fast-paced wildlife and fishing trips by RIB boat depart daily from just outside the hotel.

South of Oban you’ll find Seafari. There are daily excursions to explore some of the best sea life in the area, as well as Corryvreckan, the world’s third largest whirlpool. (Famously, it nearly claimed the life of George Orwell.)

Keep your eyes peeled for basking sharks and porpoises.

Segway

Head to the Tralee Segway Centre for great fun outdoors with Segways, water sports, bumper boats and quad pods for the little ones.

Climbing, abseiling, coasteering

The experienced guides at Vertical Descents will take you through a full range of outdoor activities – from body boarding to canyoning and coasteering. You can also give Scotland’s first Via Ferrata a go – it’s a 500 metre ladder winding its way up a cliff face.

Find out more on the Vertical Descents website.

Horse Riding

The Lettershuna Riding Centre has a selection of well-schooled horses and ponies for hacking and trekking. Most of their riding is on quiet coastal tracks and beaches – and there’s a steed for every ability.

Find out more on the Lettershuna Riding Centre website.

Ice climbing

An excellent place to head if the weather turns, the Ice Factor is the biggest indoor ice climbing arena in the world.

You can give ice climbing a go, or stick with traditional rock climbing if you prefer. The aerial adventure course takes you ten metres above ground, onto a series of increasingly wobbly rope-based obstacles. There’s a kids’ play area for the little ones, and a steam room and sauna if you need to warm up after the ice.

Find out more on the Ice Factor website.

SKIING

Glencoe Mountain is Scotland’s most popular place to ski – with dramatic snow-holding gullies and excellent slopes. There are runs to suit everyone, from novices all the way up. More advanced skiers might like the longest vertical descent (2,600ft/792m) and the steepest on-piste black run in Scotland (The Fly Paper).

Find out more on the Glencoe Mountain website.

Head to Nevis Range for Scotland’s highest ski area – and the only mountain gondola in the country. In the summer season it’s worth taking the gondola to the top station for access to waymarked trails and viewpoints – plus the restaurant, bar and shop.

Find out more on the Nevis Range website or check-out the live webcam.