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A great place to live, work, study & visit


Lochaber is home to many iconic Highland landmarks – Ben Nevis, Glencoe, Glenfinnan, Loch Ness – all of these famous places are part of Lochaber.

The landscape of Lochaber is incredibly varied: from stunning mountain ranges that attract the world’s climbers and walkers to tranquil coastline and small isles that are a mecca for paddlers, sailors and day-trippers.  There is a huge range of landscapes and activities to enjoy. The variations in landscape also create a variety of business opportunities.

This stunning area in the west highlands of Scotland covers 4,634 square kilometres – making it the second largest area in the Highlands region. The population of Lochaber is around 20,000. Roughly half of the population live in the town of Fort William (source: The Highland Council). Fort William is the business hub of Lochaber, with companies in a wide range of industries,

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Lochaber is home to a wide variety of industry, including aluminium smelting, timber processing, fish farming, forestry and a wide range of local services from building and construction to retail, and of course, tourism.

Lochaber Chamber of Commerce represents businesses in 12 main sectors:

  • Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry
  • Business & Professional Services
  • Education & Training
  • Healthcare & Biotech
  • Arts, Culture, Media
  • Building & Construction
  • Engineering & Manufacturing
  • Third Sector
  • Automotive Trade
  • Public Sector
  • Food & Drink
  • Tourism & Leisure

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