Explore Ft. William, Scotland's Steall Gorge

Steall Gorge Trailhead

Explore an awesome, picturesque waterfall close to Ft William and Glen Nevis Campground.

Just about 10 miles from Ft. William and only a few miles from the end of the West Highland Way you can find the Steal Gorge along with Ben Nevis. Ben Nevis is a famous hill in Ft. William with an amazing view of a lake. Everyone in Ft. William knows where Steal Gorge is located. To get there, you can just take a taxi from town for about 9 pounds.

If you arrive to Ft. William at night, you can take a taxi to the Glen Nevis Campground (usually closed Nov-Mar) for about the same price. The Campground costs approximately 7 Euros per tent/night. They have wifi available, bathrooms, water, and laundry machines.

Once you get to the Steal Gorge trailhead, it is only about a 1.5 mile hike (30 minutes) to the waterfall. The hike has incredible scenery, beautiful, classic Scottish hills, amazing moss, and trees. It looks like an enchanted forest. The waterfall is public and unsupervised, so you might be able to camp here. The monitoring seemed pretty relaxed. Be careful about camping in the gorge near the waterfall though, because the wind can pick up really fast and strong between the hills. You can continue to hike from the waterfall and for several miles, but I'm not positive where it goes to. I've heard rumors of a radio tower. This place is awesome and a great place to rest for a day or so after hiking the West Highland Way!

Pack List

  • Tent
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Pad
  • Camera
  • Hiking Boots
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RT Distance 3 Miles
Activities Chillin, Camping, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Forest
River
Romantic
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildlife

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One of the most fantastic places I've seen

this adventure was awesome! From seeing the steall Falls in the distance to crossing the cable bridge this was an adventure I will never forget


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