About Us

A Store is Born...

Nevisport was founded in 1970 in Fort William, by two rock climbers, lifelong friends and mountaineering partners who had become dissatisfied with the poor selection of climbing equipment they found in existing UK stores. Both were then, and still are, active members of the Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team. Opening a climbing shop seemed the obvious choice in terms of preserving their outdoor lifestyle and collectively using their extensive knowledge and experience. In addition to selling climbing gear, they added a selection of camping equipment to the first store in hopes of making a living from the hobby that had turned into a viable business.

Best in Service...

From this small store at the west end of the Fort William High Street, Nevisport has grown into one of the nation's leading outdoor and snow sports specialty retailers. From the beginning, the company ethos has been to provide the best outdoor products available and back up those products with consistently high customer service levels from knowledgeable users. This same dedication continues today. Our sales team use the products we sell. They will ensure that you receive the gear and accessories you need to truly enjoy the outdoors.

Both founding partners, Ian Sykes MBE and Ian Sutherland are now retired but still travel and climb together actively. Our company flagship store is still located in Fort William along with our mail order facilities. The close proximity of Ben Nevis (Britain's highest mountain) and a world-class centre for mountaineering has always been the source of inspiration to the company. Nevisport has very close links with Scotland's newest ski area at Nevis Range. Ian Sykes was the key motivator in the creation of the ski resort in Fort William and worked for many years as Managing Director.

It is in this spirit that Nevisport began. Our success and culture is based on the strong tradition of quality, value for money and genuinely caring for our customers. Today, our team is proud to continue providing the finest service and outdoor gear available, at some of the best prices too!

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