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Most of our visitor centres, car parks and mountain bike trails are now open. Check what’s open near you before you travel and enjoy your visit safely.


Where we are

Inverlael Forest Notices

COVID-19 has changed lots of things we do. And as we re-open the majority of our facilities and welcome more of you back in Phase 3, we need your help to do it safely. Please check what’s open before you travel; enjoy your visit safely by following NHS and Scottish Government guidance; take your litter home with you; and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

At this location:

  • The car park is open and normal charges (if any) now apply.

Please bear with us and check back regularly for updates. You can also find more information by visiting our COVID-19 page and our FAQs.

A forest in the shadow of the red mountain

As well as the most popular path up Ben Dearg, the red mountain, there are some pleasant routes in the forest, with superb views.

You may notice a small turbine house near the road and a weir across the river Lael close to where the hill path leaves the forest. They’re part of a ‘run of river’ hydro-electric scheme, which uses the natural fall of the stream to generate enough power for a town the size of Ullapool – all with very little impact on the environment.

Walking trails


Glen Trail

A pleasant walk beneath the rocky slopes of Strone Nea to the impressive gorge of the River Lael. 

Wide, firm gravel track throughout, but uneven and loose in places. Long moderate slopes for 500m. Includes two gates and a bridge.

2 ¾ miles / 4.4 km

2 hours


Quarry Trail

Climb up the forested hillside for some great views of Ben Dearg (‘the red mountain’) and a chance to spot golden eagles soaring overhead. 

Long moderate slopes for over half a mile with some slightly steeper sections. Wide, firm gravel track with uneven and loose parts. Includes two gates and a bridge.

3 ¾ miles / 6.1 km

2½ hours


If you’re heading for Beinn Dearg, check for advice on hill walking: this is open, wild country and you need to be confident at navigating and properly equipped. You’ll find details of the route on WalkHighlands and MunroMagic, as well as photographs to whet your appetite for the deep rocky corries that plunge down from the dome-shaped summit.

Facilities & access


You’ll find places to eat and public toilets in Ullapool.

Getting here

Inverlael is on the A835 between Ullapool and Garve, about 6 miles (9.6 km) south of Ullapool. A red telephone box makes a useful landmark next to the car park, which is at grid reference NH 182 852.

Using SatNav?

Nearest postcode: IV23 2RG 

Public transport

Buses between Garve and Ullapool pass the forest. Check Traveline Scotland for details.

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