GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


Fort William Walks

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You can also view an overview map of all the routes in the using the Fort William Walk Map


Route NamePhotoDistanceDescription
Ben Nevis Mountain Track11 miles (17 km)Follow the Ben Nevis Mountain Track (or Tourist Route) up Britain's highest mountain on this spectacular walk. The walk begins in the Glen Nevis visitor centre car park in the town of Fort William in the Scottish Highlands. The visitor centre has a wealth of advice and information and is well worth visiting particularly if you are not an experience hill climber. This route is the most straightforward path up the mountain but is still strenuous with the upper section particularly rough and stony. As such you should prepare properly for the walk with good walking boots, extra clothing and plenty of food and water. It usually takes 7-10 hours for the ascent and descent so it is best attempted in the summer months when there is plenty of daylight.
After leaving the visitor centre you will cross the River Nevis before starting the climb. As you climb the path you will enjoy spectacular views of Glen Nevis, the Mamores and Stob Ban. You will also cross pretty streams and pass the tranquil Loch Meall. At the summit you will find several memorials, a trig point, and many cairns. The views of the highlands are truly magnificent. You then return to the start point by the same route. View Full Details>>
Buachaille Etive Mor8 miles (13 km)Explore the stunning Buachaille Etive Mor ridge on this exhilarating walk in Fort William. Buachaille Etive Mor is a distinctive pyramid shaped mountainin Glen Etive. The stunning ridge contains four distinct peaks including Stob Dearg (1022m), Stob na Doire (1011m), Stob Coire Altruim (941m) and Stob na Broige (956m). This circular walk starts from the parking area by the A82 at Altnafeadh and ascends the four peaks in turn, before descending along the River Coupall. You'll enjoy stunning scenery with wonderful views over Rannoch Moor and Glen Etive. The ridge walk is challenging with some steep sections but you are rewarded with breathtaking views. Buachaille Etive Mor can be seen in the Bond film Skyfall, when James Bonddrives M away from Raoul Silva. View Full Details>>
Glen Etive11 miles (18 km)This is a fairly flat walk or cycle through the beautiful Glen Etive in the Scottish Highlands. The route runs along a long country lane, following the River Etive through the Glen to Loch Etive. It's a special area with the river dotted with pretty waterfalls and surrounded by the striking peaks of Buachaille Etive Mor. Look out for red deer as you make your way through this stunning glen.
The route starts from a parking area on the A82 near the King's House Hotel in Glencoe, Argyll. You then pick up the narrow country lane and follow it through the Glen, passing attractive woodland and the lovely Lochan Urr before finishing at Loch Etive.
The area also featured in the Bond film Skyfall. You can extend your walk by climbing the wonderful Buachaille Etive Mor ridge. View Full Details>>
Loch Shiel2 miles (3.5 km)Enjoy a walk to the beautiful Loch Shiel from Polloch on this delightful walk. The walk begins at the car park at Polloch and takes you along the River Polloch to the lochside on peaceful woodland footpaths. It's a beautiful, peaceful place with the surrounding mountains making a wonderful backdrop.
Loch shiel is located 20km (12.4 miles) west ofFort WilliaminLochaber.
If you head to the north eastern end of the loch you can visit the magnificent Glenfinnan Viaduct and the Glenfinnan Monument. The monument, sits at the head of the loch, commemorating the Jacobite Risingof 1745, which began here when'Bonnie Prince Charlie' raised hisstandardon the shores ofLoch Shiel. View Full Details>>

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