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Ord Hill

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Ord Hill Forest Notices

COVID-19 has changed lots of things we do. And as we re-open the majority of our facilities and welcome more of you back in Phase 3, we need your help to do it safely. Please check what’s open before you travel; enjoy your visit safely by following NHS and Scottish Government guidance; take your litter home with you; and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

At this location:

  • The car park is open and normal charges (if any) now apply.

Please bear with us and check back regularly for updates. You can also find more information by visiting our COVID-19 page and our FAQs.

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


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.

2 ¼ miles / 3.8 km

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!


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.

1 ½ miles / 2.5 km

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.



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


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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