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  • Engineering works mean the North Face access road and car park (Allt a' Mhuillin) will be closed to vehicles on weekdays until 20 May 2022. Vehicle access to the car park will be possible at weekends only, but expect delays and significantly reduced capacity. On-foot access is available during the week though we ask visitors to consider nearby alternative forests first. If visiting, please follow all instructions from staff on site. Alternative parking can be found in Fort William or at Nevis Range (pay parking available). We apologise for any inconvenience.
  • Additional engineering works will commence at MacKenzies Road, Torlundy, and through to the Nevis Range exit from 2 May – July 2022. Expect delays and possible short notice closures on the forest road as work progresses.

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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.

Walking trails

North Face route card (PDF)

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

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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 and access

Walking
Walking
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Parking
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Mountain access
Mountain access
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.

Stay The Night

Our Stay the Night trial has now ended. All participating car parks have now reverted to no overnight parking permitted, in line with all our car parks.

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.

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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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Get in touch

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Phone
0300 067 6650 (option 1)
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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
Toilets
Toilets
Walking
Walking
Parking (charge)
Parking (charge)
Cafe or refreshments
Cafe or refreshments
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Picnic area
Picnic area
Distance from 'North Face': 1.32 miles
Visitor signage in a stone circle with green and snow-capped hills behind.

Gateway to one of Scotland's iconic glens

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Parking (charge)
Parking (charge)
All ability trails
All ability trails
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Mountain access
Mountain access
Picnic area
Picnic area
Ancient monument
Ancient monument
Distance from 'North Face': 1.95 miles