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North Face

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COVID-19 update

Enjoy your visit safely:

  • Read our COVID-19 Information in advance of your visit.
  • Most of our forests and facilities are open, but use our website to check before you travel.
  • Do not light campfires or use disposable barbecues.
  • Park considerately, taking care not to park on verges or block gates or roads.
  • Take care on or around open water. Find out more on our Water Safety page.

About

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 route card (PDF)

Walking trails (1)

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 trail grade icon
2 ¼ miles / 3.5 km

Allow
1½ hours

More information

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 and access

Walking
Walking
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Parking
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Mountain access
Mountain access
Picnic area
Picnic area
Campervan parking
Campervan parking

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

Stay The Night

Motorhomes and campervans that are self-contained and have their own toilet facilities will be able to stay overnight at the North Face car park from 26 April – 31 October 2021. This does not include overnight tent camping or car parking.  

To help plan your stay, please see the details below: 

  • Height barrier – No
  • Motorhome capacity of car park – 2
  • Suitable for large vehicles/caravans – No
  • Access notes – 700m forest road with potholes and passing places.
  • Parking notes – Fairly level ground. Parking blocks recommended. There is one space in the car park and one available off the forest road.

Please visit our Stay the Night page for full details, participating locations, best practice, and terms and conditions of use.

Stay The Night

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

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.

Get directions

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
Parking icon
Parking
Treetop adventure
Treetop adventure
Cafe or refreshments
Cafe or refreshments
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Mountain access
Mountain access
Picnic area
Picnic area
Distance from 'North Face': 1.18 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 'North Face': 1.32 miles
View in the mist from high hill of wooded hills and Loch Arkaig, near Fort William

Butterflies, waterfalls and a truly remote Highland loch

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Parking icon
Parking
Mountain access
Mountain access
Picnic area
Picnic area
Distance from 'North Face': 9.17 miles

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0300 067 6650 (option 1)
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