Discover a hillwalker's heaven
Embraced by the mountain horseshoe of Beinn a'Bheithir (the mountain of the thunderbolt), this forest is an ideal starting point for some of the most popular hill routes in Scotland. Just a short walk from the car park will bring you to some breathtaking views over Loch Leven.
The routes through the forest are good to explore on foot, bike or horse. An easy ride of 2 miles (3.2 km) along a forest road with spectacular views will take you eastwards to St John’s church, near Ballachulish village.
Enjoy a bite to eat
Ballachulish has places to eat and public toilets.
Mountain biking trails
Two birds with one stone
The massif of Beinn a’Bheithir has two prominent summits, Sgorr Dhearg and Sgorr Dhonuill. They’re both Munros, and since they’re less 1 ¼ miles (2km) apart, many walkers climb them together.
As you head for the hills, waymarkers will lead you to the edge of the forest. After that you’ll need a map, compass and good navigation skills, as well as warm, waterproof clothing, and food and water. Check our advice on hillwalking before you go.
How to get here
Take the A828 west from the roundabout south of Ballachulish bridge, signposted Oban. About 1/3 mile (1/2 km) past the Ballachulish Hotel turn left, signposted Glenachulish. Follow this road for around half a mile to the car park. The car park is at grid reference NN 046 588.
PH49 4JZ is the nearest postcode.
Buses between Oban and Ballachulish pass along the A828. You’ll find details of public transport at Traveline Scotland.
The forests just down the road at Ballachulish and at Glen Righ have waymarked trails in the woodland if the weather’s not great for the hills. Download our guide map for details, and for more fabulous forests to explore along the Great Glen between Ballachulish and Inverness.
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