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Cow Hill Hike

Ben Nevis

This hike offers spectacular views of Ben Nevis and other neighbouring peaks.

Hiking Moderate

10 km
460 m
460 m
2-3 hrs
Low Point
18 m
High Point
288 m
Cow Hill Hike Map

Cow Hill blocks the view of Ben Nevis from Fort William village centre so it is an annoyance to most tourists, but a great viewpoint for those who make the effort to climb it!


You can begin this hike from anywhere in Fort William but we've drawn it from the edge of town, where the path enters a forest. there are numerous paths around so just keep an eye on FATMAP to make sure you're on the correct one. The path climbs - steeply at times - and the views improve with every step.

Eventually you'll emerge onto the blunt ridge which leads easily onto the summit. Soak in the massive panorama across Fort William and its surrounding scenery, as well as the mighty Ben Nevis itself.

Descend by the same route.



Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between April and October


  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Summit Hike
  • Family friendly

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