Littlehouse Media

Monster Meets Mountain – Nevis Range joins forces with the Cobbs Group

Nevis Range Mountain Experience, near Fort William in Lochaber, is delighted to announce its new partnership with Scotland’s leading hospitality group, Cobbs.  This epic union between the hospitality experts of Loch Ness and the adrenaline junkies of Nevis Range allows the active tourism destination to reach new levels of adventure experience and the best of highland hospitality. 

From December 2022, the Snowgoose and Pinemarten cafés at Nevis Range will operate under Cobbs management in line with their other dining establishments. The hotel under construction at the Nevis Range base station will join and strengthen the network of Cobbs hotels in the Scottish Highlands! To round off the partnership, Cobbs will occupy one of the retail spaces at the Nevis Range base station and operate a gift and souvenir shop to ensure that all visitors can take home fantastic memories of their trip to the Scottish Highlands!

With the Nevis Range Hub Development project – a 26-bedroom hotel, bar and restaurant, bike shop, gift shop, and a covered courtyard with event space – due for completion in early 2023, the variety of products and services offered by Nevis Range is ever-increasing! This new chapter for both companies will ensure that every Nevis Range visitor has an enhanced experience taking advantage of the curated knowledge of the hospitality sector and industry experience that Cobbs bring to the party.

Since opening in 1989 Nevis Range has been welcoming guests to indulge in their mountain pursuits right in the heart of the Highlands. As a business, Nevis Range offers year-round mountain access to 200,000 skiers, snowboarders, climbers, bikers, hillwalkers, and sightseers across all age groups, a large number of whom visit for a great quality coffee with a stunning mountain view across Lochaber.

The Cobbs group manages a range of businesses from hotels to cafés to bakeries. They operate across Scotland with everything from quaint tearooms and a bustling café in Edinburgh’s trendy Marchmont area, to four highly successful hotels in the Loch Ness, area including the Loch Ness Lodge, Loch Ness Clansman, Loch Ness Country House, and Loch Ness Drumnadrochit Hotel. Through all of their hospitality ventures the Cobbs team has been a true driving force for tourism in Loch Ness, the Great Glen and throughout the Highlands, building their empire under the ever-watchful eye of the Loch Ness Monster.

Chris O’Brien, managing director of Nevis Range, commented on the partnership with the Cobbs Group: “The entire team and I at Nevis Range are tremendously excited. The Monster expertise of Cobbs combined with our Adventure Mountain will take us to a new level.

“Not only do we combine our collective knowledge, we also bring together an entire Great Glen Experience with Nevis Range acting as the gateway to partnerships right the way up the Glen, with all of the incredible businesses operated by Cobbs. I’m sure all of our customers will enjoy the addition of Great Glen Gin as well.

Collaboration is the best way to grow Scottish tourism, working together in this fashion represents better value for our existing customers and will open up opportunities for thousands of new visitors to the Great Glen!”

Nevis Range are confident to be embarking on this new era bolstered with the industry experience and knowledge of Willie Cameron (Loch Ness Marketing, Cobbs), known locally as ‘Mr Loch Ness’, Fraser Campbell (Cobbs), and Daniel Campbell (Redbox Coffee and Tea).

Fraser Campbell, director of the Cobbs Group, added: “The association with Nevis Range is one of the most exciting business proposals that Cobbs has engaged with. Monster meets Mountain covering both ends of The Great Glen is one of the most inspiring and entrepreneurial tourism and outdoor visitor attraction prospects in Europe from 2023 onwards.”

Willie Cameron, business development director, Cobbs Group (‘Mr Loch Ness’), said: “The directors of Cobbs are delighted to be involved with the team at Nevis Range on this exciting new project to enhance the visitor experience at their end of The Great Glen.

The marriage of Monster meets Mountain is a marketing coup for The Highlands of Scotland and will benefit visitors and locals alike under the banner of sustainable tourism and conscious travel.  As the two venues are only 50 miles apart we will give them an all-encompassing experience from downhill mountain biking, skiing, and great local food and drink, along with whisky and gin tasting, storytelling, walking, and of course a cruise and a little bit of monster hunting.”

Ends

Notes to Editors:

Digital links

Nevis Range

Website http://www.nevisrange.co.uk | Twitter https://twitter.com/TheNevisRange

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/nevisrange | Facebook https://www.facebook.com/NevisRange/

Cobbs

Website https://www.cobbsbakery.co.uk | Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CobbsCakes

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/cobbs.group | Twitter https://twitter.com/CobbsCakes

The Cobbs Team

Fraser Campbell started his career with British Transport Hotels working in Kyle of Lochalsh, Newcastle, and Cornwall, and spent time in Germany with Inter Continental Group. Prior to purchasing his own hotel in Craigellachie, Fraser was General Manager of the private members club in Edinburgh-The Royal Overseas League at 100 Princes Street.

After a spell in Alyth, he and his late wife Jackie ended up as hoteliers at The Drumnadrochit Hotel at Loch Ness where he also founded The Loch Ness Coffee Company. Twenty-two years ago he founded Cobbs which has become one of the biggest hospitality groups in The Highlands. His co-directors were Willie Cameron and Angus Macmaster along with the late Jackie Campbell and eventually to be joined by Willie’s nephew Rory Cameron.

Fraser is a Highland Tourism Ambassador and took Cobbs to Highland Business of the year!

Willie Cameron is known locally as Mr Loch Ness! This title is well-deserved as he has been at the forefront of promoting Highland Tourism around the Loch Ness area and beyond for 26 years.

Willie has many strings to his bow, being a fabulous public speaker, Highland Tourism ambassador, business development director, mentor and motivator, editorial writer for press, and festival coordinator. Willie is an advocate for local development to better the area and fly the flag for the Highlands in every facet of his life.

Daniel Campbell is an integral part of the Cobbs team and has added to its portfolio most recently with the birth of Great Glen Gin in 2020. Great Glen is one of Scotland’s newest and, proudly, its smallest craft distillery, which recently won the Best Newcomer at the Scottish Gin Awards.

Daniel also runs Redbox Coffee in Edinburgh which has been built on the promise of respecting the farmers who grow their green beans and tea leaves, and their customer base who trust their branded offerings, striving to grow to be green together. They source ethically and continuously strive to be the market leader in Scotland’s environmentally friendly coffee solutions.

The Nevis Range Team

Chris OBrien – Managing Director

Hand-reared in Scotland, Chris joined the Business in 2017 as Commercial Manager, bringing a track record of achievement executing national and international strategic marketing campaigns across the Sports, Leisure, and Hospitality sectors. 

Chris is known throughout the Scottish tourism industry as a passionate advocate of sustainable tourism and strives to ensure that the highlands of Scotland becomes the adventure capital of the world!

Currently a Director of Lochaber Chamber of Commerce, Director of Highland Tourism CIC, and a former Destination Manager of Outdoor Capital of the UK, Chris has overseen the transformation of Nevis Range to a carbon neutral, fair work, living wage, ethical and inclusive company!

John Sutherland – Activities Director

John studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design graduating with an Honours degree in design. John has worked with art departments on several major films and adverts, and latterly on location as a mountain safety specialist. 

As Activities Director John is responsible for the quality of experience delivered in all customer-facing activities at Nevis Range, including Bike Tracks, Snowsports, and Tree Adventure.

John has been involved with the development of Nevis Range from an early age and has worked on the mountain as a ski instructor, leading to an in-depth knowledge of the business and a desire to see the continued success of the company as an all-year-round visitor destination.

The Nevis Range Mountain Experience

The Nevis Range Mountain Experience lies 7 miles north of Fort William, and south of Spean Bridge. 

It was opened in 1989 to develop a skiing/tourism facility on the mountain of Aonach Mor in the shadow of Ben Nevis. The development was undertaken due to a demand for skiing in Scotland that was inadequately served by existing facilities.

Nevis Range Mountain Experience is a year-round mountain resort comprising:

  • All-year-round mountain gondola visitor attraction
  • Winter snowsports area with equipment hire and Snowsports School.
  • All-year-round mountain biking with 48km of cross-country mountain biking as well as downhill mountain bike trails with gondola access.  Home to a round of the Mountain Bike World Cup
  • Self-service Snowgoose restaurant & bar (gondola top station) and Pinemarten café bar (gondola base station) serving locally served produce prepared on site.
  • Mountain walks to scenic viewpoints
  • Forest walks
  • Gift shop

The Nevis Range Mountain Gondola, unique in Britain, was originally constructed to transport skiers and snowboarders to the slopes.  Today, the gondola whisks some 200,000 visitors each year to 650m where they can eat at the Snowgoose restaurant, walk out to the mountain viewpoints, or simply enjoy the stunning highland scenery.  The gondola is also widely used by hillwalkers, climbers, paragliders, and hang gliders on their journey to the clouds.  There are 74 Gondolas in total and each one takes up to 6 adults.

The Cobbs Group

Cobbs is a truly Highland company. In 2002 they took over a farmhouse bakery in the Loch Ness-side village of Drumnadrochit and inherited a lovely range of traditional home-baked cakes which were already proving popular with customers throughout the Highlands of Scotland.

Originally, production was just for their own Cobbs outlets but demand from other visitor attractions and coffee shops soon enabled the business to grow. They rapidly outgrew their original farm kitchen and now are based in larger premises in the village. They still use many of the original recipes but of course, nowadays they are making them in much larger quantities.

Their team of 30 wonderful bakers and decorators work hard, night and day, creating hand-made cakes that are sent far and wide to customers all over Scotland and the north of England.

The Cobbs group are proud to operate four hotels in the Highlands – Loch Ness Country House Hotel, Loch Ness Clansman Hotel, Loch Ness Drumnadrochit Hotel and Loch Ness Lodge.

They also have a portfolio of cafes numbering 19 establishments ranging from a lovely tearoom at Inverness Botanics to a bustling cafe in Edinburgh’s trendy Marchmont area.

The company takes its name from John Cobb who was a gentleman well-known in the local area. He was a speedster who, in his boat, Crusader, attempted to break the World Water Speed Record on Loch Ness in 1952. Sadly, Cobb did not survive the attempt but his name proudly lives on through their business.

You Might Also Like

Three female adventurers to take on epic 1936 cycling trip

Inspirational athlete and adventurer, Karen Darke, wins top mountain award

Best seat in the house! Where to catch Stage 1 – The OVO Energy Tour of Britain

Hot water on tap for Loch Ossian Youth Hostel

Lochaber Ideas Week programme revealed

Lochaber Tourism Day with Cal Mac – Debate, Engage, Network

Nevis Range is making it snow all season long!

‘Connect To Your Adventure!’ – big success in just 7 weeks

Developing for the future at Nevis Range!

Gravelfoyle – Gravel Cycling at the heart of Aberfoyle’s new tourism brand

Fort William – the perfect cruise destination

Winner covers 319km at The UK 24hr Mountain Bike Championships

Noel Williams wins 2019 Scottish Award for Excellence in Mountain Culture

Lochaber Chamber of Commerce invite Scottish Businesses to Join Trade Missions to Orange County and Nova Scotia

Hostelling Scotland begins phased opening of Youth Hostel network

New hydro scheme powers Scottish mountain resort

Inspirational Climber, Caitlin Connor, Receives Prestigious Youth Mountain Culture Award

A muckin’ great Audax, perfect for Cream o’ the Croft road cyclists

No Fuss running events given Compression boost in 2018

A bit of ‘This and That’ for stunt riders Danny MacAskill and Kriss Kyle

Do we hear Muckwedding Belles in Fife?

Lochaber community is pulling together to give Nevis Range a lift after lockdown!

Dr Liz Cameron, Scotland’s voice of business, to headline women’s networking lunch

The Falkirk Funduro 2017: mountain biking fun with two capital F’s

Cream o’ the Croft: three Muckin’ good family festivals rolled into one!

#myoutdoorcapital – OCUK to put visitors firmly in the frame

Fort William Mountain Festival back to a live, multi-venue event in 2022

Gold and Silver gongs for Torridon and Loch Ossian Youth Hostels in TGO Reader Awards

Mountain Bikers Gear Up for a Fun Day’s Night in Falkirk

SKI-AN-DURO, a new ski and mountain bike Enduro for Scotland

Fife farm to be transformed for a family bike and outdoor festival

Hostelling Scotland fully open for business after two years

Planning on holidaying at home? Give hostelling a go!

Two Scottish youth hostels celebrate landmark anniversaries

Nevis Range announces Commencal as new global gravity sports partner

Summer Youth Hostel Returns to Glasgow

SYHA Hostelling Scotland assist in a Recovery Version

Nevis Range, Scotland’s highest snowsports destination, open for business

Youth development key to Edinburgh Central’s 10th Anniversary

The new Pentland Trail Centre – The future for Edinburgh biking

Nevis Range looks forward to reopening in July

Run Scotland in two days with the new Ultra Tour of Arran

People are at the heart of SYHA Hostelling Scotland!

Visit Moray Speyside launches their biggest ever UK marketing campaign

‘What would Mary do?’ at the Fort William Mountain Festival

Call for nominations to join Hostelling Scotland’s Board of Trustees

Paul Merton Visits SYHA’s Loch Ossian Hostel – Paul Merton’s Secret Stations

Go Swim Loch Lomond – a new open water event for Scotland

Scotland’s mountain bike Enduro World Series qualifier sold out in record time

Young volunteers wanted to run IRONKIDS Scotland running events

Nevis Range to turn back the clock to 1989 to celebrate 30 years of adventure

Huge demand for ultrarunner Jasmin Paris at Fort William Mountain Festival

The UK’s first waymarked gravel cycling trails opened near Aberfoyle

Paralympic Gold Medallist Neil Fachie To Attend HSBC UK City Ride Edinburgh

Competition Climber, Shauna Coxsey, wins Scottish Youth Ambassador Award

£100,000 awarded to innovative Scottish mountain project

Video series to showcase apprenticeships in the West Highlands launched

It’s all about head to head bike racing at Fife’s Eliminator

New Beinn a’ Ghlo trailhead car park gives back to the mountains

Get your adventure challenge on with Project: Explore

‘A Meeting of Minds 2’ celebrates innovation in Scotland’s aquaculture sector

Keith Legge, CEO of SYHA Hostelling Scotland, steps down after 13 years

Fort William Mountain Festival 2024 – Come and discover your adventure

Tour De Ben Nevis and and Ultra Marathon De Ben Nevis – Race Report

Loch Ossian and Glencoe Youth Hostels, big winners in TGO Reader Awards 2024

Discover Scotland’s ‘Braw Buildings’ with Hostelling Scotland

Changing times at Nevis Range Mountain Experience!

Haggis from Scotland’s first free-range Haggis farm goes on sale in Lochaber

SYHA partners with Ayrshire College for valuable volunteer experience

Lochaber Ideas Week returns to Fort William after a two-year covid hiatus

Expert of mountain rescue, ‘Heavy’ Whalley, wins top mountain festival award

SYHA’s Glasgow Metro youth hostel awarded 3 stars by VisitScotland

Nevis Range moving forward with interim CEO Rod Pashley

300 Dutch adventurers to run, bike and kayak across Scotland

Muckin’ good news for two wheeled Early Birds

New look Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel, new era of hostelling in the Capital

Another Muckin’ great line-up of mountain bike events announced for 2017

National Funding Boost for Cream o’ the Croft and The Eliminator

Run Scotland on The Ultra Tour of Arran

Frazer Coupland appointed Chair of The Highland Tourism Partnership

Elite mountain bike racer, Mikayla Parton, wins Youth Mountain Award

Run day and night at the new Tweed Valley Trail Run

Becoming a Conscious Host: Carbon Neutrality and Beyond

Rob Cochrane wins 2019 Scottish Youth Award for Excellence in Mountain Culture

Halloween fancy dress mountain bike Enduro returns to Perth

Re-Defining the age of adventure as the EMFF returns in February

VisitScotland’s Lord Thurso to deliver The Charles Kennedy Memorial Lecture

The ultimate runners’ sightseeing tour of Edinburgh returns

An appetite for adventure in the North West Highlands

Lochaber’s ‘Connect to Your Adventure’ digital marketing campaign, a huge success

Scran Café – Youth powered café launched by Scran Academy

Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival 2018 – The Long Road To Adventure

Enduro World Series Qualifier, Kinlochleven – Race Report

UK’s first Team Enduro event comes to Comrie Croft, Perthshire

SYHA Hostelling Scotland – building Scottish hostelling for the future

Media Advisory – Images – The Ultra Tour of Edinburgh

Inverness Youth Hostel gets a fresh new look

Scran Academy on ‘foodwill’ tour of Edinburgh

Fife farmland to host the new Eliminator MTB Weekender Festival

It’s Up to Us…to step up and save our mountain paths

Sustainable active travel and food tourism at the heart of new adventure film

Nevis Range and Trek announce a partnership for 2018/19

Finance and Economy Secretary, Kate Forbes, opens car park and off-grid toilets at Skye’s Iconic Fairy Pools

‘A Meeting of Minds’ – An online event to celebrate Scotland’s aquaculture sector

Alex Dowsett confirms return to OVO Energy Tour of Britain

Coast to Coast – run, bike ride and kayak 105 miles across Scotland

SYHA collaborates with Glasgow Caledonian University

Outdoor Access Trust for Scotland wins two rural industry awards

No Fuss for Kinlochleven, the UK’s only Enduro World Series Qualifier

Danny MacAskill celebrates Edinburgh anniversary with Fringe debut at Circus Hub

Route announcement confirmed for HSBC City Ride in Edinburgh

Top award for World renowned Scottish landscape photographer, Colin Prior

Edinburgh’s Electric Cycle Company has been supercharged

SYHA appoints Lois Marshall as Youth & Volunteer Engagement Manager

Danny MacAskill launches video, ‘Danny Daycare’. Best ‘uncle’ ever?

Mark Cavendish to return at the OVO Energy Tour of Britain

Chris O’Brien, MD of Nevis Range, shortlisted for Business Leader of The Year

Lee Craigie, outdoor ambassador and adventurer, wins top mountain award

‘Death Zone’ mountaineer, Nirmal Purja, to headline Fort William Mountain Festival 2020

SYHA opens new summer youth hostel in Edinburgh

Young ‘Fifers’ invited to collaborate in Eliminator Bike Festival

OCUK unveil their new branded gondola at Nevis Range

Cameron McNeish wins 2018 Scottish Award for Excellence in Mountain Culture

One Lochaber Leadership Programme to be launched at Lochaber Ideas Week

Discover Your Adventure – Fort William Mountain Festival 2023 programme announced

Big Biking October – two International bike events for the Outdoor Capital

Former Farrier, Matthew Jackson, appointed Chair of DYW West Highland

No Fuss partnerships lead the way for Scotland’s Enduro

Young people invited to collaborate in Muckin’ good summer festivals

Figurehead environmental campaigner, Dave Morris, wins top mountain award

Scran Academy reach 100,000 essential meals delivery milestone

Leave your car at home for Edinburgh’s World Car Free Day

Hostelling Scotland’s network opens for 2023. Give hostelling a go!

Dukes Weekender, a catalyst for Aberfoyle’s rise in gravel cycle tourism

Nevis Range team up with Endura

Muckin’ good discounts for a muckin’ good 2019 event programme

New European partnership to upskill adventure tourism in five countries

Muckin’ good mountain bike events launched for 2016

Up to 350 riders will take on the Fair City Enduro when it returns to Perth

Archibald urges Edinburgh locals to sign up for HSBC UK City Ride

Aberfoyle to host new endurance gravel cycling event and festival

Fair City Enduro Confirmed As Scotland’s Only Enduro World Series Qualifier

Hostelling Scotland to temporarily close Youth Hostel network

Hostelling Scotland, a new brand identity unveiled

Sporting legend Gavin Hastings to inspire Lochaber at Ideas Week 2017

IRONKIDS Scotland – 3,000 kids to take part in global running series

IRONKIDS activity programmes promote healthy and active lifestyles – SUN, FUN, RUN!

Margo Paterson appointed as CEO of SYHA Hostelling Scotland

Fort William has all the Mòd cons

Media Advisory – 500 runners to tame Edinburgh with the inaugural Ultra Tour

The Ultra Tour of Arran, a big draw for international adventure tourists

Business Community Programme launched for Lochaber Ideas Week 2018

Elite Freestyle Skier, Kirsty Muir (17), wins Youth Mountain Award

Lochaber’s Nevis Range becomes an accredited Living Wage employer

Media Advisory – Cancellation of The Mighty Deerstalker, Saturday 03 March 2018, The Scottish Borders

Scottish Enduro Series confirms POC as headline sponsor for fifth year

International partnership benefits Nevis Range snowsports enthusiasts

Fort William Mountain Festival 2021 goes Covid-19 safe

World teams heading to Edinburgh for OVO Energy Tour of Britain

Midlothian ‘zero carbon’ office development seeks Planning in Principle

Crieff antique dealer unearths rare Rolex ‘MilSub’ dive watch worth £120,000

A new mucky duathlon for the Eliminator Weekender in Fife

Loch Ossian and Torridon Youth Hostels shortlisted in TGO Reader Awards

Nevis Range and Trek renew commercial partnership for 2019/20

Hostelling Scotland opens four summer youth hostels in 2018

ITV4 to screen every minute of OVO Energy Tour of Britain live

Edinburgh’s Electric Cycle Company is being supercharged

New massed ultra running tour to challenge Edinburgh’s visitors

Outdoor Capital Activities and Attractions Expo open for tourism business

Videos highlight the benefits of apprenticeships in the West Highlands

Enduro riders, prepare yourselves for a Highland Clan battle!

Start your Highland biking adventure at the new Nevis Range Bike School

Bikes. Dirt. Downhill. Bike Night at The Fort William Mountain Festival 2016

Inspirational volunteer, Steph McKenna, wins Youth Mountain Award

Young event assistants invited to join the IRONKIDS Scotland event team

Jura, the Border Collie, trains to become the first Ski Patrol rescue dog at Nevis Range

Muckin’ good festive discounts on Muckmedden 2018 bike events

Scottish Climbing Instructor, Tim Miller, wins Youth Mountain Culture Award

Cream O’ The Croft – far more than just a bike festival

POC headline sponsor for Scottish Enduro Series for sixth year

Are you hard enough to take on The Double Stalker?

Cyclists Get into Gear for Angus Cycling Festival

Geraint Thomas and Owain Doull return to OVO Energy Tour of Britain

Danny MacAskill is ‘Doing the Dubhs’

Celebrating 90 years of Scottish hostelling

Entries open for SKI-AN-DURO, Scotland’s new ski and mountain bike Enduro

Edinburgh’s Electric Cycle Company sees 80% rise in Lockdown sales

OATS in search of a Fairy Pool of staff

Unique Mountain Culture Award goes to novice search and rescue dog teams

Glen Nevis Youth Hostel re-opens after major redevelopment project

The Fort William Mountain Festival 2018 – Celebrate the great outdoors

New Lochaber website aiming high

Epic Halloween tale of ‘Ned vs Monster’ in the Outdoor Capital

Millburn Academy ensures a warm welcome to Inverness Youth Hostel

Highland entrepreneurial masterclass series looking to foster growth…

An Teallach wins €60,000 European Outdoor Conservation Association grant

Nevis Range partner with Disability Snowsport UK for Winter 18/19

Fair City Enduro – The UK’s Most Spectacular Mountain Bike Race

Expose yourself the No Fuss way

No Fuss add two International MTB events to 2018 programme

Media Advisory – UK’s highest Shinty match to promote tourism in Lochaber

Immerse yourself in Lochaber Ideas Week 2019

No Fuss serve up a vindaloo of an off road bike festival

A Mucky Duathlon for the Eliminator Bike Festival in Fife

Nevis Range and Trek renew commercial partnership for 2020/21

Lochaber Tourism Summit 2019, a must-attend event for Highland tourism businesses

Chris O’Brien appointed Destination Manager for the Outdoor Capital of the UK

The Cream of Enduro will rise to the top at Comrie Croft