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We look forward to welcoming you this summer. To enjoy your visit safely please plan ahead, follow local signage and park considerately.

Pattack Falls

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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.

Path notice

  • The Pattack Falls viewing platform is currently closed to pedestrian access due to safety concerns relating to the structure. Please do not access the viewing platform. The falls can be viewed from the path or the sandy beach area. We apologise for any inconvenience.
  • Forestry work is currently taking place in Strathmashie. Vehicles will be using local forest roads during this time, so please take extra care. Note that some waymarkers have been temporarily moved while these works are underway.
  • Those wishing to access Druim an Ard ruins might find the clockwise route to be challenging underfoot. The ruins can also be accessed via forest roads, taking the route anti-clockwise and returning the same way. This is not a waymarked trail.

About

A picturesque waterfall hiding in the trees – and a haunting reminder of past lives

A short walk will take you to pretty waterfalls, tumbling through a rocky gorge in the forest. They look particularly good after some wet weather! The other trail here leads through attractive forest to an abandoned township: a reminder of the days when many families lived in small homesteads in the glen.

Walking trails (1)

Walking

Pattack Falls Trail

A trail notice is in effect

  • Update 27 May 2021: The viewing platform is currently closed for safety reasons, however you can still get a great view from the path.
  • Forestry works are currently ongoing which may affect ground conditions on this trail. Please follow all on-site signage. 

A short hilly route, winding up the side of the river Pattack, with spectacular viewing platforms over the falls, tumbling into black pools. 

A firm narrow path, with rocky and rooted sections. Uneven stone and wood steps and narrow bridges. Fairly steep throughout, with some short steep slopes. 

Please be aware this route in not waymarked.

Strenuous trail grade icon
½ miles / 0.8 km

Allow
½ hours

More information

Pattack Falls had a brief moment of fame when it was used as a location in the popular TV series Monarch of the Glen.

Facilities and access

Walking
Walking
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Parking
Ancient monument
Ancient monument

The café and toilets at Laggan Wolftrax are open part-time during the season. There’s a small shop in Laggan village, about 4 miles (6.4 km) away, and a good range of places to eat in Newtonmore.

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

Pattack Falls are on the A86 between Newtonmore and Spean Bridge, about 10 ½ miles (17 km) miles west of Newtonmore and 22 miles (35.2 km) east of Spean Bridge. The car park is at grid reference NN 567 903.

Using SatNav?

PH20 1BY is the nearest postcode, a little further west along the A86.

Public transport

Buses between Newtonmore and Spean Bridge pass the forest. Check Traveline Scotland for details.

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Phone
0300 067 6100 (option 1)
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