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Cow Hill

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Cow Hill notice

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About

A wee hill with great of views of Ben Nevis and the Mamores

Fort William's 'Outdoor Capital of the UK' status begins at Cow Hill, a mere 15 minute stroll from the town centre. Depending on where you are on the circuit around the top of the hill, you'll have wide open views of Loch Eil, Loch Linnhe, Glen Nevis and its surrounding mountains. The northern end of the route also acts as a picturesque, road-free walk from Fort William directly into Glen Nevis.

As the name suggests, crofters used to graze their beasts on the slopes of Cow Hill. 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.

Walking trails (1)

Walking

Cow Hill Circuit

A loop all the way round Cow Hill, the wee hill with big views. There's also an option to branch off the circuit to visit the top of the hill. Great views of lochs, Ben Nevis and the Mamores.

Mostly wide, firm path although some short sections can be narrow, loose or rough.

Strenuous trail grade icon
4 miles / 6.5 km

Allow
2¾ hours

More information

The section of trail on the south of the hill is known as the ‘Peat Track’ – local crofters used it on their way back from cutting peat for fuel, and it has the best views of Ben Nevis. The trail is popular with mountain bikers as well as walkers: on blind corners, be aware there might be a biker just round the bend.

Facilities and access

Walking
Walking
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Parking
Viewpoint
Viewpoint

You may be able to use the toilets in Lochaber Leisure Centre. Head back into Fort William for more toilets, shops and places to eat and drink.

Car parking information

There is no charge to park in this car park. Please park with care and consideration. In particular please park in designated parking areas only and do not block entrances or gates.

More about parking

Getting here

There are three ways up onto Cow Hill. A path begins from the rear car park of Lochaber Leisure Centre on Fort William's Belford Road. Alternatively, head ¾ mile into Glen Nevis and begin your walk from our Braveheart car park. There is also a track onto the hill from the south end of Lundavra Road, just after the turn-off to Lochview Estate.

Using SatNav?

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

Public transport

Local bus services stop directly outside Lochaber Leisure Centre. Plan your journey at Traveline Scotland.

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Nearby forests

Heavily forested hillside with large bare mountain beyond with snow on top and a cloudy blue sky.

A nationally renowned hub of outdoor activities

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Toilets
Toilets
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Parking
Treetop adventure
Treetop adventure
Cafe or refreshments
Cafe or refreshments
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Mountain access
Mountain access
Picnic area
Picnic area
Distance from 'Cow Hill': 3.09 miles
Red toadstool in forest with bike wheel beyond

World class mountain biking trails at Nevis Range

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Toilets
Toilets
Parking icon
Parking
Cafe or refreshments
Cafe or refreshments
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Picnic area
Picnic area
Distance from 'Cow Hill': 3.23 miles
Waterfall cascades down into pool, surrounded by trees, ferns and boulders, Glen Righ forest, near Fort William

Eight mighty waterfalls and wide loch views

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
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Parking
Wildlife hide
Wildlife hide
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Picnic area
Picnic area
Distance from 'Cow Hill': 7.49 miles

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0300 067 6650 (option 1)
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