Glen Nevis - The Lower Falls to Steall Falls

You need to log in as a member of Walkingworld to access the details for this walk and have an active subscription. Please join, or log in above if you are already a member.

A truly memorable walk which can be undertaken in all but the harshest of weather. The walk is in the upper reaches of beautiful Glen Nevis, which is full of scenic splendour, ranging from impressive waterfalls to rugged mountain scenery and even a traverse through a spectacular narrow gorge with the Nevis Waters rushing through below.

The walk is on well-defined paths and should pose few if any navigational problems. There is however, a certain sense of exposure in the upper parts of the gorge and good footwear should be worn, especially for crossing the upper meadows after emerging from the gorge, as these can become waterlogged after heavy rain.

Scotland - Highlands and Islands - Highland - Lochaber


Birds, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Mountains, River, Wildlife, Woodland
7/18/2021 - Brian Hedges

There seems to be different opinions of this walk. I would not say it is dangerous but can be difficult over the rocky outcrops along the path. This was causing some problems for people with mobility issues. There is also a section which has tape along the edge where the path is falling away and at one point there is very little path with the ravine on one side. I would not let children run ahead as you get close to the ravine. However it is a stunning walk with the waterfall at the end. Final word of caution, the upper falls car park is quite small and when I arrived there it was full, with some upset drivers using the passing places to park. The lower car park was nearly full when I passed earlier. There is a bus service from Fort William to the lower car park.

11/20/2016 - Sally Qajar

Absolutely magical. One of the very best walks anywhere. Short but very rewarding and simply stunning. It wasn't as 'dangerous' as anticipated. Just need to be careful/sensible though. Path ranges between 4' and 2' wide. For an experienced walker I would rate the fear factor 2/10, but for the casual walker (my companions were) then they rated the 'fear factor' as 5/10. Everyone gave it a 10/10 for the walk itself. We had snow when we went, but the path itself was clear, just wet otherwise it could be a bit more risky. Boots and poles recommended. I wouldn't take young children probably though as my heart would be in my mouth and I wouldn't have enjoyed it as much! Still, very, very worth doing and so glad we did!

5/14/2012 - Ian Mapp

Last minute change of plan, so I logged on here, downloaded the route and headed off. Yesterday was a monsoon, so I had the waterfalls in all of their glory today. Don't usually do straight up and back the same way walks, but when the scenery is that good, what's not to like! Walk blogged at

7/21/2007 - Stephen Harris

A truly rewarding walk with great views and good conditions. We would definately recommend boots and walking poles. Steall Waterfall was great as was the chance of the wire bridge (we chickened out). A true Gem and ideal if you are staying in Fort William as we did. 10/10.