Where we are

A historic battlefield, gateway to the Five Sisters of Kintail

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


You can access a mountain path here to the Five Sisters of Kintail, a walk encompassing three Munros (mountains over 3000 feet / 914 metres). 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.

Facilities & access


Life's essentials

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

Getting here

From Shiel Bridge follow the A87 south for about 7 miles (11.2 km). The car park is on your left.

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.

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