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Adventures below the Ben on foot or by bike

Leanachan

Get active in Leanachan

Leanachan forest is popular for walking, running and gentle cycling, with miles of trails on the northern slopes of Ben Nevis. There’s marvellous mountain biking here too: Leanachan is home to some world famous mountain bike events, but you don’t have to be a pro to enjoy the Witch's Trails.

Leanachan is an active working forest, producing large quantities of timber every year. We’ll post updates on the website about any work that affects the trails and you’ll find signs on site with details.

Download our guide map to explore Leanachan and other forests around Fort William.


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Life’s essentials

The Nevis Range centre has a café, and toilets for customers.

Walking trails


Cycling trails


Mountain biking trails


A place for adventures

Fort William and Lochaber offer a feast of adventurous activities. Find out what you can do and where to hire equipment in this ‘outdoor capital of the UK’.

If you’re heading for the hills, there are routes towards Ben Nevis and Carn Mor Dearg from the Allt a'Mhuillin track to the west of the forest. This is a challenging route across open mountain, with no waymarkers: check our advice on hillwalking before you set off.

A ride up the mountain

Leanachan Forest shares a car park with Nevis Range, one of Scotland’s main ski centres. When the snow’s away Britain’s only mountain gondola will whisk you up to a height of 2,100 feet (650m) to admire the view.

Contact: Lochaber Forest District

Address: Torlundy, Fort William

Postcode: PH33 6SW

Telephone: 0300 067 6870

Email: lochaber@forestry.gsi.gov.uk


How to get here

From Fort William take the A82 north towards Fort Augustus for 3 ¾ miles (6km). Turn right, following signs for Nevis Range ski centre. The car park at grid reference NN 170 774.

Using SatNav?

PH33 6SQ is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

Buses from Fort William go to Nevis Range. You’ll find details at Traveline Scotland.

Nearby places

You can also explore the forest below Ben Nevis from North Face, or find more wonderful trails at Glen Nevis. Explore further afield with our guide to more fabulous forests along the Great Glen between Ballachulish and Inverness.


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