Step into the glen
This is the gateway to one of Scotland’s most beautiful glens, watched over by Britain’s highest peak. But you don’t have to climb high or go far to enjoy some stunning forest, mountain and loch views. Glen Nevis is much loved by local people as well as visitors as the starting point for trips into exciting mountain scenery, but there’s plenty more on offer. You don’t have to climb high or go far to enjoy some stunning forest, mountain and loch views on a great range of trails.
Please note, the West Highland Way near Fort William will be closed for harvesting work and path upgrade work between 1st November 2016 and 1st April 2017.
The section affected is between Lunn Da-Bhra and Glen Nevis, with a diversion down the quiet Blarmachfoldach single-track road to Fort William. The diversion is 7.5km long, slightly shorter than the official route.
Please do not attempt to pass through work site – the machine operators are working in areas with poor visibility, particularly during darker winter days. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
Take a break
You’ll find public toilets and plenty of places to eat in Fort William.
Please note, all trails start from the Braveheart car park.
On the edge of Fort William, a short winding path around the pond is a gentle introduction to Glen Nevis. Great for families and picnics.
A firm smooth path. Generally flat, with some very short gentle gradients.
½ miles / 0.7 km Allow ¼ hour
Wind your way through tall trees around the pond for grand views of the glen and the Mamore hills. This lovely short walk is fully wheelchair accessible, and there’s a viewing area overlooking the woodland pond.
Wishing Stone trail
A short easy walk. The wishing stone boulder is said to have magical powers.
A firm smooth surface, with gentle to moderate gradient and one short fairly steep section. Includes a short section of muddy puddles, and a return on the pavement.
1 ¼ miles / 2.2 km Allow 1 hour
Local legend has it that this massive boulder had magical powers. Some say it would spin round to answer questions. Others reckoned you had to do the spinning, preferably hopping round three times to have a wish granted. Try it yourself – and let us know if you see the stone spin.
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.
Dun Deardail trail
Walk up through the forest to the open summit of this important iron age hill fort. Great views, enjoyed by people here for thousands of years.
A long, moderately steep climb. The path to the fort is steep and rough, with uneven stone steps.
6 ¼ miles / 10.0 km Allow 3½ hours
This longer trail has a real sense of adventure. It’ll take you through the forest and onto the open summit of Dun Deardail (pronounced "dun jerra-dil"), an Iron Age hill fort. People lived here in a compound that would have had several round huts, encircled by a rampart. See if you can spot the grassy remains of the outer wall. The views of the glen and Ben Nevis from here are spectacular on a clear day.
Mountain biking trails
Head for the hills
Glen Nevis is the starting point for the classic approach to Ben Nevis, the old pony track. This is a route across open mountain, with no waymarkers: check our advice on hill walking before you set off. Check at the Glen Nevis centre for more information and the latest weather reports.
How to get here
From Fort William head along Glen Nevis road for about ¾ mile (1.3km) to the Braveheart car park at NN 121 736.
PH33 6PF is a postcode on Belford Road. Continue up the glen past this spot to find the car park.
You’ll find details of public transport to Fort William at Traveline Scotland.
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