When it’s not absolutely bucketing down, this is my go-to walk. Since day one it has been the most picturesque walk that is easily accessible from Fort William that doesn’t involve climbing a Munro.
I often do the circuit around the hill which takes around 1.5hours at a good pace, though on a slower day or with the kids it can take 2 – 2.5 hours. Reaching the summit (298m) takes an additional 20-30mins, however, it is a great spot for a picnic.
I thought I would share some of my snaps over the past few months from late summer through to Autumn and of course a few rainy days are thrown in because, well, we are now in Scotland and it rains a whole bunch.
Now that is not to discourage anyone, I often walk when it is just a light sprinkle/drizzle. But after a good soaking, the track can get a little muddy in places with big puddles, so waterproof shoes are a must on those days. The track is really smooth and fairly easy-going otherwise.
There are multiple entry points to the walk and I will talk you through those further down in this post.
But right now take a look at these pics, just click on one to pull up as a slides.
COW HILL CIRCUIT
In the map above I have used different colours to represent the walk, the summit walk, and entry points to get to the walk.
Dark Blue: Cow Hill Circuit walk
Light Blue: Cow Hill Summit
Green: Tracks to Entry points
Red: Entry Points
ENTRY POINTS: The two most popular entry points for visitors to the area are The Braveheart Carpark, where you begin on the Peat Track or Behind the Swimming Pool in Fort William. Both are well signed and will get you on the track quite easily. The other entry points that weave through town are equally easy to find once you know where they all start from. They are: Douglas Place, behind the Plantation via the Community Gardens, Angus Cresent and Upper Achintore.
It’s a great track, great for kids and really easy to get to from downtown Fort William. Two thumbs up from us.
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