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The Ring of Steall

A strenuous walk (mountain (above 600m)) in Highlands, Scotland, about 22.40km (13.92 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 9:30h (1 overnight stay). It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 1020m (3346ft)
Descent 1027m (3369ft)
Max. Elevation 1070m (3510ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 2047m (6715ft)
Start & End
Fort William
Distance 22.40km
Duration ~9:30h
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 12 Nov 2007
This could be done as a very long day from Fort William, but a better option is to enjoy the night camping in the beautiful Glen Nevis, and make an early start to get the mountains to yourself! This is a serious mountain challenge, so come prepared.

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From the town of Fort William, buy your supplies for an overnight stay and head off with the crowds towards Glen Nevis and Ben Nevis.
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You have two choices along the Glen Nevis valley - follow the course of the spectacular River Nevis, or explore the routes in the Nevis Forest.
About 6.37 km (~3.96 miles) from
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Find a site to camp somewhere in Glen Nevis (and camp responsibly!). Early next day, cross the footbridge just before the ford in the river.
About 1.30 km (~0.81 miles) from
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Follow the path heading up through the woods, towards Sron Sgurr a' Mhaim. This takes you to the first big peak, Sgurr a' Mhaim (sgurr means peak, by the way).
About 1.71 km (~1.06 miles) from
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The best bit of the route! Follow the Devil's Ridge to Sgorr an Iubhair, which is a fine scramble. Follow round to Am Bodach, the highest point of the route. On a clear day, the views are breathtaking towards Ben Nevis, and even in cloud, the scrambling is fantastic.
About 2.00 km (~1.24 miles) from
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Follow the Ring of Steall ridge round to Stob Coire a' Chairn, enjoying some more scrambles on the way. Carry on to the last summit, An Garbhanach.
About 2.02 km (~1.26 miles) from
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Drop off the ridge and head back towards the Glen. You have to cross the Steall Bridge, a wire bridge across the river near the mountain rescue post. Makes a good photo!
About 1.75 km (~1.09 miles) from
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After a long walk, you will have earnt a pint or two. The first pub is the Ben Nevis Inn, at the foot of Ben Nevis. They also do accomodation if you are planning to do Ben Nevis the following day. When you do head home, just follow the same route back to Fort William.
About 6.99 km (~4.34 miles) from

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12 May 2019
Camper Van In Upper Nevis Carpark?

Has anyone stayed over in the Upper Nevis. CarPark in a Camper-van/ tent etc. Thinking that for an early start on The Ring of Steall?

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