Fort William and Glen Nevis

Ben Nevis

Fort William is the largest settlement on the whole western coastline of the Highlands, its stunning location having enabled it to become the self-styled 'Outdoor Capital' for all kinds of adventure activities. It is a cross-roads of major long-distance walking routes, a convenient base for scores of mountain ascents or easy forest, woodland and canalside walks.

Fort William is most famous as being at the base of the highest peak of them all, mighty Ben Nevis. The town is also the gateway to Glen Nevis, one of the most picturesque of all glens. This leads not just along the foot of the Ben itself but past the stunning ridges of the Mamores and through the dramatic Nevis Gorge to Steall Falls - surely one of the most dramatic destinations for a shorter walk in all Scotland.


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  • Walk Grade Distance Time
    Achriabhach Forest walk, Glen Nevis 3.5km 1.5 - 2 hours
    River Lundie walk, Leanachan Forest 3.5km 1 hour
    River Nevis short walk 4.5km 1 - 1.5 hours
    Neptune's Staircase and the Canal, Banavie 4.5km 1 - 1.5 hours
    The Old Fort and Inverlochy Castle, Fort William 4.5km 1 - 1.5 hours
    Steall Falls and the Nevis Gorge 3.5km 1.5 - 2 hours
    Dun Deardil, Glen Nevis 9km 2.5 - 4 hours
    The North Face of Ben Nevis and the Allt a' Mhuillin 10.25km 3 - 4 hours
    Cow Hill circuit, Fort William 11km 3 - 4 hours
    Glen Nevis and Polldubh Falls 13km 3 - 5 hours
    Ben Nevis by the Mountain Track 17km 7 - 9 hours
    Stob Ban (Mamores) and Mullach nan Coirean 13km 6 - 8 hours
    Aonach Beag and Aonach Mor 16.5km 7 - 10 hours
    The Ring of Steall, Mamores 16km 9 - 12 hours
    Ben Nevis by the Carn Mor Dearg Arete 17.5km 10 - 11 hours
    The Great Glen Way 117km 6 Stages
    The West Highland Way 150km 8 Stages
    The East Highland Way 134km 7 Stages
    Cape Wrath Trail376km2-3 weeks

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