A beautiful back garden
Walk out of Fort William’s back door and you’re on Cow Hill, with its light woodland and wide views. As the name suggests, crofters used to graze their beasts on the slopes. You might see some Highland cattle here now: the way they crop the grass is just right for some wildflowers and butterflies, so we’ve introduced a herd to help with our conservation work.
There’s another access to the hill from Lundavra Road, to the south of town, at grid reference NN 096 724.
Download our guide map to explore Cow Hill and other forests around Fort William (PDF 6.9MB).
Find a bite to eat
You’ll find public toilets and plenty of places to eat in Fort William.
Cow Hill Circuit
A loop all the way round Cow Hill, the wee hill with big views. There's also an option to branch off the circuit to visit the top of the hill. Great views of lochs, Ben Nevis and the Mamores.
Mostly wide, firm path although some short sections can be narrow, loose or rough.
4 miles / 6.5 km Allow 2¾ hours
The section of trail on the south of the hill is known as the ‘Peat Track’ – local crofters used it on their way back from cutting peat for fuel, and it has the best views of Ben Nevis. The trail is popular with mountain bikers as well as walkers: on blind corners, be aware there might be a biker just round the bend.
Mountain biking trails
How to get here
You can get onto Cow Hill from Braveheart at grid reference NN 121 736 or from just behind the Lochaber Leisure Centre at grid reference NN 110 741.
PH33 6BU is the postcode for the Lochaber Leisure Centre.
You’ll find details of public transport to Fort William at Traveline Scotland.
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