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Our visitor centres are currently closed. Our trails for walking and biking, as well as toilets and car parks, remain open. Plan ahead and enjoy your visit safely.

Ord Hill

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COVID-19 update

All FLS visitor centres are currently closed. Walking and mountain bike trails remain open, as do most toilets and car parks, but do check below for local updates for closures.

We want to ensure your visit is an enjoyable and safe one.

Make sure you follow the Scottish Government’s FACTS advice – helping to protect yourself, your family and your local community, and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code helping to keep Scotland beautiful.

Drink in the view, listen to the birdsong, explore the past

Some folk reckon this is the best viewpoint in Inverness. Trails wander through open, mixed forest, with wonderful views over the Moray and Beauly Firths. The sunsets can be truly spectacular.

You can find the tumbled remains of an Iron Age hill fort here too. People living here would have been the nearest neighbours to the fort on Craig Phadrig, just across the Beauly Firth. The two settlements must have dominated the land and sea around them.

Our guide to the forests of Inverness

Our guide to the forests of the Far North

Walking trails

Walking

Ord Hill Circular

A wonderful circuit of Ord Hill with spectacular views over Inverness and the Moray Firth.

Mostly wide, firm gravel surface. Long moderate slopes with some steeper sections. Section of uneven earth and gravel path with some steps and exposed tree roots up to viewpoint.

Moderate trail grade icon
2 ¼ miles / 3.8 km

Allow
1½ hours

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Watch for red squirrels as you circle the hill, and pause to admire the views over the Black Isle countryside and the Moray Firth. If you’re really lucky you might spot a dolphin!

Walking

Fort Trail

Walk up through the rich, mossy forest to reach the jumbled rocks of the Iron Age fort on top of Ord Hill.

Uneven earth and gravel paths, with some narrow, rocky and muddy sections. Long fairly steep slopes and some steps.

Strenuous trail grade icon
1 ½ miles / 2.5 km

Allow
1 hour

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Climbing through the forest to the hill fort, there are lots of places to play hide and seek! The woodland is an attractive mix of different trees, with mosses and lichens decorating the branches and rocks.

Activities

Orienteering

Ord Hill has a permanent orienteering course that offers a great introduction to this fun and adventurous sport. Visit the British Orienteering website to find out how to download course maps.

Facilities & access

Parking
Parking

Life's essentials

There are toilets and places to eat in Inverness.

Getting here

Coming from Inverness, cross the Kessock Bridge northbound on the A9 and take the second exit, signposted for Kilmuir and Drumsmittal. Follow signs for Kilmuir and Drumsmittal through the roundabout, under the A9 and onto a single track road. After ¼ mile (400 metres) turn right at the signpost for Kilmuir. The car park entrance is signposted to the right off this road. 

There is another car park, run by Highland Council, off the southbound carriageway of the A9 just north of the Kessock Bridge. Access to the forest from here is on steep, rough paths.

Using SatNav?

IV1 3ZG is the postcode for Kilmuir. Coming from the A9 you will pass the forest entrance on the way.

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0300 067 6100 (option 1)
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