An airy forest on the edge of town

Cow Hill

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.

Braveheart car park is the main access point for Cow Hill and out waymarked trails. You can also walk up and join the trail directly behind the Lochaber Leisure Centre. There's access to the hill from Lundavra Road, to the south of the town.

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.

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Find a bite to eat

You’ll find public toilets and plenty of places to eat in Fort William.

Walking trails

Cycling trails

Mountain biking trails


Contact: Lochaber Forest District

Address: Torlundy, Fort William

Postcode: PH33 6SW

Telephone: 0300 067 6870


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.

Using SatNav?

PH33 6BU is the postcode for the Lochaber Leisure Centre.

Public transport

You’ll find details of public transport to Fort William at Traveline Scotland.

Nearby places

Glen Nevis offers more trails close to the town. Explore further afield with our guide to more fabulous forests along the Great Glen between Ballachulish and Inverness.

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