There's mountain access to the Five Sisters of Kintail from this historic battlefield site


A historic place to roam

The Battle of Glenshiel took place here in 1719 between British government forces and an alliance of Jacobite and Spanish troops. Look carefully and you'll still see some of the fortifications they erected on the hillside. You can also access a mountain path to the Five Sisters of Kintail – a classic ridgewalk with three Munros (mountains over 3000 feet / 914 metres).

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Life's essentials

The nearest toilets and eating places are in Shiel Bridge to the north and the Cluanie Inn to the east.

Walking trails

Cycling trails

Mountain biking trails

There’s a powerful sense of history here, with steep mountains rushing upwards from the battlefield on both sides.

The Five Sisters is a challenging 10 mile (16 km) ridgewalk which will take you 8-10 hours. There are lower level walks in Kintail and at Balmacara if you feel like taking it easier.

Before you go into the hills, check our advice on hill walking. You’ll find detailed route descriptions at walkhighlands and munromagic.

Contact: Inverness, Ross and Skye Forest District

Address: Tower Road, Smithton, Inverness

Postcode: IV2 7NL

Telephone: 0300 067 6100


How to get here

From Shiel Bridge follow the A87 south for about 7 miles (11.2 km). The car park is on your left at grid reference NH 008 135.

Using SatNav?

IV40 8HU is the nearest postcode at Achnagart, before you reach the car park.

Public transport

The Glasgow to Skye bus stops at the Cluanie Inn, about 5 miles / 8 km away. You'll find timetables at Traveline Scotland.

Nearby places

Balmacara Woods, Loch Ness forests and the forests of Skye are all within driving distance.

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