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Steall Falls & Nevis Gorge Walk

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A short walk from Glen Nevis to the spectacular Steall Falls.  
Distance 3.9 km
1:23 h
105 m
105 m

For a low-level adventure, the Glen Nevis trails are a delight. One of the best short walks in Scotland, the rocky path through the Nevis Gorge to the cascading Steall Falls, is highly recommended, and is detailed as a linear walk with a short loop at the end.  A return circuit of the route is approximately 4.5 km. 

Arrange a return taxi to take you to the start of the walk at the Steall Falls car park. The journey will be around 10-15 minutes each way. We recommend Cloudy’s Taxis +44 (0) 7500 362 424 (approx. £20 each way).

Author’s recommendation

We don't advise this route for those with vertigo as there are some steep drops near to the path. 
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Catherine Allan 
Update: May 27, 2021
Highest point
246 m
Lowest point
145 m

Safety information

Please take care on this route - the terrain is rough underfoot and there are steep drops beside the path in places. Although short and relatively easy you should be sure-footed and have sturdy footwear to safely undertake this hike. 

Tips and hints

Points of Interest

Steall Falls

A  beautiful waterfall ostensibly tumbling 120m into a wide-open scenic valley backed by tall mountains of the Nevis Gorge. It’s said to be Scotland’s second-highest waterfall, which would be fitting considering it is in close proximity to Ben Nevis, which is the tallest mountain in Britain.

Start

Glen Nevis (at the end of the C1162 minor road) (147 m)
Coordinates:
OS Grid
NN 16780 69130
DD
56.777593, -5.000272
DMS
56°46'39.3"N 5°00'01.0"W
UTM
30V 377773 6294414
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Destination

Steall Falls (retrace your steps to the start point)

Turn-by-turn directions

Begin your walk with a taxi ride to a car park at the end of the C1162 minor road up Glen Nevis. Begin your walk from the edge of the car park where you will find a signpost for several far-away places for which it is seldom used, such as Spean Bridge, Corrour Station and Kinlochleven. This is also the start point for many Munros hikes as well as the access for this popular short walk. 

Follow the trail into deciduous woodland. The path soon becomes rough underfoot as it meandering through a gorge. The valley now narrows considerably and the river can occasionally be seen below, crashing over and round huge fallen boulders. The path climbs up a rocky section with the aid of steps and a wooden handrail, before reaching the top of the gorge.

The glen broadens and the scenery changes to grassy meadows surrounded by wooded mountain slopes.  Spot the Steall Falls directly ahead over the meadow, continue along the path towards it.

Follow the path until it reaches a bend where the glen curves round to the left and the path is close to the river. This is the best spot for admiring the waterfall. From here retrace your steps to the car park. 

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Coordinates

OS Grid
NN 16780 69130
DD
56.777593, -5.000272
DMS
56°46'39.3"N 5°00'01.0"W
UTM
30V 377773 6294414
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Sturdy hiking boots, warm clothes and a waterproof/wind-break layer are all required. The weather can change quickly so be sure to take all equipment even if the weather looks okay. A waterproof cover for your rucksack is also useful. 

Questions and answers

Question from Stuart Biltcliffe  · September 16, 2021 · Community
Hello - 4 of us are up in Fort William next week & I saw your route / remarks. My problem (or rather one of my friends is that she is "not the most agile" of walkers....certainly NOT able to go over the single wire bridge (I may baulk at that)......but the rest of the path? from the car park it initially looks good - but very rocky in parts? Any help appreciated!
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Rating

5.0
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Anna Wren
April 30, 2018 · Community
A beautiful walk, suitable for families
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Distance
3.9 km
Duration
1:23 h
Ascent
105 m
Descent
105 m

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