Wire bridge at Steall Signpost in Glen Nevis

Glen Nevis is one of the most spectacular settings in Scotland. Even if you haven't been there, it's likely that some of the scenery will be familiar to you - Braveheart, Rob Roy, Hghlander, and Harry Potter (among others) have all been filmed there. The section nearest to Fort William, is dominated by the end of the West Highland Way and Ben Nevis. There is a large car park, visitor centre and the start of the Mountain Path up Britain's highest mountain. The stream of people asking for information includes the competent, the well prepared, and the clueless. "No, there isn't a road up." "No, there's no cafe on top". "No, the gondola doesn't go up Ben Nevis - it goes up Aanoch Mor."

Dire warning!Due to the popularity of the mountain, and challenges such as the 3 peaks (where participants aim to climb the highest mountain in Scotland, England and Wales within 24 hours), Glen Nevis is busy 24/7. Despite this, once past the Youth Hostel, the area quickly becomes rural. The winding, bumpy, single-track road follows the River Nevis down the glen, past the lower falls, to a point where the landscape doesn't allow it to continue any further. There is a footpath that continues on through the gorge, although this carries dire warnings of death!

Steall WaterfallThe gorge widens out into a lush green valley, at Steall. Although this is a small place, it has a waterfall, a wire bridge, some ruins, and paths to some of the highest, most spectacular mountains in Scotland. From Steall, you can access four of the ten highest mountains in Scotland (Ben Nevis, Aanoch Beag, Aanoch Mor and Carn Mor Dearg), the Grey Corries and the Mamores. Alternatively you can stay low and walk throught the glens to Kinlochleven, Corrour or Spean Bridge. Not a bad choice for a day out!

To get up into the Mamores, and the "Ring of Steall", you have to cross the wire bridge (pictured at top of page). For many, this is the scariest part of the day - far worse than the ridges up high! For others, it is a chance to pose for the group photo....desperately hanging on while others are shaking it.