Pattack Falls

Where we are

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


Druim an Aird Township Trail

Fine views and attractive forest on a journey to a mysterious abandoned township. Please note part of this trail is closed due to windblown trees, follow all onsite signage.

Wide, firm forest roads with moderate slopes.

2 ¾ miles / 4.4 km

1¾ hours

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Druim an Aird was one of many small settlements in the glen: now all that’s left are the outlines of houses and barns. One story tells how it was abandoned after all the menfolk died in a snowstorm on their way back from a wedding party. There are great views from the trail towards the mountains of Creag Meagaidh.


Pattack Falls Trail

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.

½ miles / 0.8 km

½ hours

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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


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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