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North Face

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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.

Guide map to Forests around Fort William (PDF 6.9MB)

Walking trails

Walking

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.

Strenuous
2 ¼ miles / 3.5 km

Allow
1½ hours

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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.

Activities

Leanachan Forest

The River Lundy Trail from Leanachan passes through North Face. It’s a good route for walking or gentle cycling.

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 & access

Parking
Parking
Picnic area
Picnic area

The nearest public toilets are in Fort William, 3 miles to the south, or Nevis Range, 2 miles to the north.

Getting here

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.

Using SatNav?

PH33 6SW is the nearest postcode to the turn-off at Torlundy.

Public transport

Buses between Fort William and Nevis Range/Spean Bridge can stop at Torlundy on request. Plan your journey at Traveline Scotland.

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