Breathtaking views from thunderbolt mountain


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.

Parking Walking Viewpoint Mountain access

Enjoy a bite to eat

Ballachulish has places to eat and public toilets.

Walking trails

Cycling trails

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.

Contact: Forest Enterprise Scotland

Address: Torlundy, Fort William

Postcode: PH33 6SW

Telephone: 0300 067 6870


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.

Using SatNav?

PH49 4JZ is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

Buses between Oban and Ballachulish pass along the A828. You’ll find details of public transport at Traveline Scotland.

Nearby places

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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