Thursday, 08 June 2023
Latest forest information
- The Cackle and The Broomstick Blue trails have had to be closed due to unsafe boardwalk. Please follow all safety information on site and avoid using these trails.
- Tree felling work is currently being carried out in the wider Leanachan forest beyond North Face Car Park and is expected to continue until June 2023. This will mean some sections of the Forest are closed and there will be large vehicle and lorry traffic on the forest roads including the access road to North Face car park. Please remain vigilant and follow all safety information that you come across.
Spectacular views of Britain's highest mountain
Follow the way-marked trail in the shadow of mighty Ben Nevis for a feel of the open high country and spectacular views of the north face’s towering cliffs. Climbers from around the world come to test themselves on the classic routes here.
Listen for the soothing sound of the Allt a Mhuilinn, meaning ‘the mill stream’, as you head uphill. The stream once powered an old mill and now supplies hydro-electric power to the aluminium smelter in Fort William.
North Face Trail
A steep climb is rewarded with magnificent views into the towering North face of Ben Nevis, over Fort William and out west towards the road to the Isles.
A good smooth surface, with long steep slopes throughout. The upper path is narrow and can be slippery when damp.
Allow 1½ hours
Following the Allt a Mhuillin (the mill stream), this steep path has fine views of Ben Nevis and Loch Eil. Britain’s highest mountain is particularly impressive from this trail, as the menacing 2000 ft (610 m) cliffs of the North Face tower above you. You may well see climbers tackling the challenging routes across the rock face.
Beyond the stile the path enters open hillside: you’ll need the right clothing and equipment for this.
Ben Nevis hill walk
North Face car park is the starting point for the Carn Mor Dearg Arete route up Ben Nevis. While considered to be one of the most spectacular hill walks in the country, it's a long and extremely challenging route even by the standards of experienced hill walkers. It should not be attempted without the proper equipment and planning. This is not to be confused with the more straightforward, if still long and exposed Mountain Path route up Ben Nevis, accessible from Glen Nevis.
Facilities and access
The nearest public toilets are in Fort William, 3 miles to the south, or Nevis Range, 2 miles to the north.
Car parking information
The charges to park at this forest car park are:
- £1 for up to 1 hour – all vehicles
- £3 for all day
- Blue Badge holders park free. Please display your Blue Badge clearly.
Payment can be made using RingGo.
Please park with care and consideration. In particular please park in designated parking areas only and do not block entrances or gates. Nearby car parks with free parking can be found in our Forest Search, marked as a 'P' without the £ symbol.
Annual parking pass available:
Available in advance by downloading the application form and emailing to the Regional Office. Please read our Annual Pass terms and conditions (PDF) before applying.
Valid at Braveheart (Glen Nevis), Loch Linnhe, Loch Oich, Aros Park (Mull), North Face, Ariundle, Glencoe Lochan, Glengarry, Glen Righ, Àrd-Àirigh, Garbh Eilean Wildlife Hide, Barnluasgan, Sutherland's Grove, Strone Hill, Glen Lochy, Fearnoch, Carradale (Grianan), Carradale (Port Na Storm), Ardcastle, Achnabreac.
Valid at all Forestry and Land Scotland car parks except Tentsmuir.
From the A82 at Torlundy, follow the turn-off signposted for the 'North face' car park. Follow this road up over the railway line where another sign on the right will guide you to the car park.
PH33 6SW is the nearest postcode to the turn-off at Torlundy.
Buses between Fort William and Nevis Range/Spean Bridge can stop at Torlundy on request. Plan your journey at Traveline Scotland.
Get in touch
Have a question or suggestion for improvement?
A nationally renowned hub of outdoor activities
World class mountain biking trails at Nevis Range
Gateway to one of Scotland's iconic glens