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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.

Pattack Falls

Where we are

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.

Latest forest information

Be aware of forestry works in progress:

  • 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.

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


Pattack Falls Trail

A trail notice is in effect

  • This path remains open for your enjoyment but is no longer waymarked.
  • Be aware that forestry works are currently underway. Note that underfoot conditions may be affected 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.

Strenuous trail grade icon
½ miles / 0.8 km

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 & access

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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.

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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