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Well I am sure that most of you might be familiar with Lochaber. Lochaber and Fort William are considered as the outdoor capital of UK. The scenic beauty of this place is worth appreciating. It leaves the visitors awestruck! The relatively less population is also one of the characteristics of this area. The mountainous region and the beautiful countryside steal mesmerize those who visit this area.

Well many people seek jobs in Lochaber. There is good news and there are many jobs available for people in this area. A famous enterprise, Highlands and Islands enterprise runs a graduate placement program which provides the graduates an opportunity to work on some projects. Both types of services Government as well as Community are available in this area. Classroom assistants are required in order to improve the learning skills of the children. For those who enjoy interacting with young children, this job can be fun. It also offers handsome salary! For those who are interested in social care and searching for a permanent job in this field, here is a marvellous opportunity. Such types of jobs are available in Lochaber which provide you smart pay. The key responsibility is to look after the health as well as education for children. There are also jobs available in which you need to train the operational staff consisting of cleaning officers. You need to be able to interact well as well as socialise with people for this job. For someone having excellent interaction skills, Lochaber College provides many avenues. For those who are in search of temporary jobs at Lochaber, there are vacancies for Learning Support Assistant. Their job is to impart education to those pupils who require special educational needs. Basically Lochaber is a tourist spot; hence there are jobs which are available for the people who have a knack for outdoor activities and adventure sports. In fact they also provide with the jobs of leisure assistants along with complete training. Many tourists keep pouring in Lochaber hence the famous hotels like Ballachulish and Glencoe also recruits chefs as well as receptionists. In fact one can also apply as an activity instructor and their job is to lead groups in canoeing and hill walking.

Hence for more avenues in Lochaber you can hop online and search! They not only provide with handsome salaries but also a beautiful and comfortable way of living! Moreover there are a variety of jobs available here. Being a tourist spot, it is visited by thousands of tourists from all over the world. Hence efforts are to be made to enhance the beauty of this place and to keep the people satisfied. This involves providing employment to large number of people to meet such objectives. The best part is there are a variety of jobs. They are not confined. One may not need any special qualifications. In some jobs even special training is provided. Most of the jobs demand patience as well as the person to be social and have good communication skills. Lochaber offers multiple benefits to everyone and thus it is becoming popular worldwide, day by day.



Fort William Underwater Centre Recognition

Long held as the gold standard for international diver training, the Underwater Centre in Fort William has recently been recognised.

The British Accreditation Council, which is responsible for oversight on further and higher education in Britain, has accredited the Underwater Centre’s Remotely Operated Vehicles or ROV training programme.

photo by Benvheir

photo by Benvheir

The recent accreditation is considered critical as the Centre seeks to draw students from around the world.  Unfortunately, visa requirement stipulate that students be enrolled in an accredited course, which now means that the Underwater Centre can market to a global audience.

Located on the shores of Loch Linnhe, the Centre has easy access to a sheltered Loch which features depths greater than the North Sea. Thanks to the temperate climate and great location, divers are able to train year-round.



Fort William Historic Sites See Rise


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Historic Scotland has just released figures showing that several of Scotland’s historic attractions have had a visitor increase in 2009 as compared with 2008.

Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle were the leaders, with each seeing nearly 7% growth in visitor numbers from a year ago. However, Skara Brae, Iona Abbey and Fort William all saw gains as well.

The combination of the Year of Homecoming and a weak Pound meant that Scotland in the summer of 2009 was an ideal destination for Europeans.

The top 10 attractions for Historic Scotland saw increases across the board and double-digit improvements the norm. This impressive growth cannot be understated, particularly in a dampened economy, where tourist spending was seriously curtailed.

Top 10 List

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Edinburgh Castle
Stirling Castle
Urquhart Castle
Glasgow Cathedral
Skara Brae
Iona Abbey
Fort George
Linlithgow Palace
St Andrews Castle
Melrose Abbey



Real Highlanders fought using the Lochaber Axe

Lochaber Axe

Contrary to Hollywood portrayals, Highland warriors did not fight with large two-handed swords, nor did they us the immense Lochaber Axe portrayed in museums and photographs today. Though making a wonderful cinematic experience, the facts bear little resemblance to their movie-based counterparts.

The Lochaber Axe was a weapon first used in the late 16th Century, and which gained notoriety through famous battles such as the Battle of Aldearn in 1645, Battle of Bothwell Bridge in 1690, Battle of Dunbar in 1650, Battle of Inverlochy in 1645 and the Battle of Kilsyth in 1645. Its name is a composite of Lochaber, and axe. It was widely employed up until the advent of firearms.

Lochaber, from the Gaelic Loch Abar, is a region in the West Highlands of Scotland. The large and rather sparsely populated region surrounds Fort William, and has been home to various Highland Clans throughout the past millennium.

An axe, generally used for splitting wood, cutting it, and further shaping it, is composed of a head and a handle, or helve. Axes are often portrayed in and around tombs and religious facilities, having special significance in heraldry and religion. Axes were originally used in farming and modified in many ways to function as weapons, including some with two opposite cutting edges and others a single edge attached to long poles.

The Lochaber Axe was the primary weapon of Scottish Highlanders, particularly when facing cavalry. Knowing they were on foot, and would be in combat against armoured, mounted enemies, the Highlanders knew they needed a weapon which could effectively combat those three components. Clan warriors needed a way to dismount a rider and be able to penetrate armour to defeat the enemy.

How it was constructed

The four key components of the Lochaber Axe include the shaft, or helve, a fine pointed spear tip on one end, and a blade with hook its opposite side. The spear tip could penetrate chain armour, something a blade would otherwise be fairly useless against. Rarely seen in photographs and museum pieces, this spear tip was a critical component of many designs, oft overlooked by historians.

The blade edge, typically a crescent, 12 to 18 inches in length, was effective against unarmoured troops, weak areas in an armoured opponent, and for disabling horses, thus turning its rider into a foot soldier. In many incarnations of the Lochaber Axe, the blade tip was very pointy, thus obviating the need for a spear tip on the opposite end. When not used against the horse itself, the blade was effective at cutting and slashing the legs of the rider, rendering him incapacitated.

The hook backing to the blade had two purposes. In the event of a siege, it could be used to scale walls. However, its most common employment was to dismount cavalry. As a rider approached, the Highlander would step back, hook the rider, pull him off the mount, and once on the ground slice with the blade.

The shaft, incorrectly reported by many sources, was in fact not 7 or 8 feet in length. As some historians have pointed out, the weapon would have been to large and unwieldy to be effective in combat, particularly when used by a man of 5 feet in height. Highlanders were not 7 feet tall, resembling Conan, Goliath, or other gargantuan heroes. Instead, they were slight, quick, and hardy. The warriors needed a weapon that could make use of their dexterity, and to do so it needed to fit their size. The average Lochaber Axe had a shaft of 4 to 5.5 feet in length.

Any depiction of a Lochaber Axe having a 7 foot shaft is either grossly incorrect or represents a ceremonial weapon, never intended for combat. The shaft itself was typically made of ash or other durable wood and the girth of a pitchfork, for easy grip and handling.

The Highlander weapon of choice, the Lochaber Axe, was a truly formidable weapon, enjoying great popularity in the 17th Century, and though much smaller than modern representations, was an important part of Clan warfare in its day.



Fort William Buildings Earmarked for Refurbishment

18 September 2009 Fort William

Many buildings in the Lochaber area are set for refurbishment as signs of economic stability and stimulation return to the region.

Some of the most noteworth buildings include the old Fort William High School, reported on in our news 13 September, the former NHS clinic in Caol, and the Nevis Bank Hotel, now under new ownership.

When this is put into context which includes a renewed bid for a town centre regeneration, waterfront development talks, west end planning and building, new housing starts in Upper Achintore and a number of yet un-publicised plans, there are definitely signs of life being breathed into Fort William and Lochaber.

Kilmallie Road is the site of the former NHS community clinic which is scheduled to see council homes being built in its stead. This facility has decayed rapidly since the establishment of the new health centre on the outskirts of Fort William (Camaghael).

Thanks to some forwarding thinking officials in the council housing and social work department, some government monies have been earmarked for building eight new homes on the former NHS site in 2010.

With more than 800 people on the housing register for Lochaber, the move to build additional homes cannot come soon enough!

There are many other Fort William building projects underway or in planning which further signal a possible return to normal, following the past financial crisis which has hurt the local economy.



Red trail for Mountain Bikes, only accessible via the cable car

Fort William Red Mountain Bike Trail.


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