West Highland College UHI

Has ten centres across the West Highlands of Scotland, from Ullapool in the north to Kilchoan in the south. The two largest campuses are in Fort William, the 'Outdoor Capital of the UK', surrounded by areas of outstanding natural beauty and home to the School of Adventure Studies; and Portree on the beautiful Isle of Skye.

In addition to our flagship Adventure Tourism Management degree

you can access a variety of degree and postgraduate level courses from across the university.

Discover courses available at West Highland College UHI

What our students, graduates and staff say

I’ve been writing for our local paper, the Lochaber Times, as well as having more of my work accepted for publications such as The Selkie and Caught by the River. I'm delighted to have won the Katharine Stewart Award from Moniack Mhor, which was amazing, so I’m looking forward to working on a book proposal during the writers retreat that is part of the award. I also work as a relief library assistant at Fort William library and I’ve been invigilating at West Highland College UHI. All this still fits around my family and I love the variety of the work. It’s been wonderful to build on the skills and knowledge that I gained during my degree and I’m looking forward to the university's new MRes in Eco-literature which I plan starting in September.

Kirsteen Bell / BA (Hons) Literature

I have been paddling since I was 8 years old and have competed nationally in white water slalom kayaking and promoted into the UK Premier Division. I have now transferred that skillset to sea kayaking and I am working my way through leadership courses to develop my skills further as well as being a professional photographer.

So far, I have really enjoyed the course. The first year was full of amazing practicals through the weekly context class. The best bit is that the course takes what we learn in class and applies it in the context of real life. This may include a snorkelling trip, a sailing experience, water safety courses, museum visits and many more.

One final factor that makes the this degree so good is that all four years are totally integrated making it a very friendly cohort. I would like to set up my own business that encompasses my passions, using the knowledge, understanding, contacts and opportunities I have acquired.

Angus Hulbert / BA (Hons) Marine and Coastal Tourism

I completed an HND Coaching and Developing Sport at Perth College UHI before transferring to Fort William to focus on Adventure Performance and Coaching. Moving was the right decision. As part of the course a group of students went to the Adirondack State Park in America and done a six day paddling expedition. What an amazing opportunity to have the freedom and ownership of the project. To plan it entirely and then actually achieve it was brilliant. My plan is to work with schools or local authorities on long term development and preparation for Duke of Edinburgh Award groups, or expeditions on water.

Will Holland / BSc (Hons) Adventure Performance and Coaching

  • Kirsteen Bell
  • Angus Hulbert
  • Will Holland