A grey hill, a red peak and Wellington's Nose make a dramatic Highland landscape


Amaze yourself at Achnashellach

A short walk through the forest leads to classic routes to the Munros of Beinn Liath Mhor (the big grey hill) and Sgurr Ruadh (the red peak). Fuar Tholl (the cold hole) is a popular climbing site that's just below 3,000 feet – it's also called 'Wellington's Nose' because of its shape.

If you don't feel like a high-level walk, there's a circuit around Easan Dorcha (the dark waterfall) that passes waterfalls, pine forest and superb views of Strathcarron.

Parking Walking Mountain access

Life's essentials

There are toilets and places to eat in Achnasheen and Lochcarron.

Walking trails

Cycling trails

Mountain biking trails

The peaks around Achnashellach are popular for winter climbing as well as walking, and there's a right of way through the Coulin pass all the way to Glen Torridon. You'll find detailed route descriptions at Walkhighlands and Munromagic: search for 'Achnashellach'.

This is remote, rugged country and you'll need the right equipment and clothing whichever route you choose. Check our advice on hill walking before you set off.

Contact: Inverness, Ross and Skye Forest District

Address: Tower Road, Smithton, Inverness

Postcode: IV2 7NL

Telephone: 0300 067 6100


How to get here

The car park is on the south side of the A890, just across from Achnashellach station, at grid reference NH 004 483.

Using SatNav?

IV54 8YU is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

Trains run to Achnashellach station and there is a limited bus service. Traveline Scotland has details of timetables.

Nearby places

There are more options for exploring this dramatic glen at Craig, just 2¼ miles (3.7 km) along the road. To the north, Slattadale and Victoria Falls have sheltered trails overlooking beautiful Loch Maree.

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