Steall Waterfall
Steall Waterfall
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  • EliotG90
    Farnborough, United Kingdom33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible hike with amazing views
    Incredible hike with amazing views. The path can get slippery in places so wear good shoes. Also highly recommend bug spray or bug nets. Near the top you will be eaten alive if you don't prepare or keep covered up (we went in August). I ended up with hundreds of dead midgies all over me by the time I got back down as my bug spray was working. The waterfall is stunning and 100% worth going to see. Note that the "lower falls" car park is not the one you want. Keep going up the road that says "unsuitable for caravans" and you'll eventually come to a car park at the top where the trail starts. Please don't go up there in anything bigger than a van. Someone went up in a medium sized camper and it caused chaos. 3 tonne weight limit also. Trail took 45 mins up with a few stops for photos.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 13 August 2023
  • David O
    Fareham, United Kingdom7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great hike
    The top car park is small and was mayhem so we visited the next morning and hiked up from the bottom doing the lower and upper trails. We had smidged up but the wind on that morning was blowy for much of the hike so not bothered too much by midges. Stunning scenery and a good first hike for my oldest grandson with not too many rough sections - most of the routes are fairly easy but we covered about 13.5 km all told. Has been very dry in Scotland so waterfalls not as full as usual.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 20 August 2023
  • Sachini H
    Colombo, Sri Lanka74 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    MUST DO! 30Mins Hike to UK's second highest Waterfall!
    Breathtaking views! We visited Fort William in Spring 2023 so it was less crowded! The falls is located around 7 miles away from Fort William. We reached there by a vehicle we hired from Edinburgh. It took around 40 mins on a rocky path to reach the falls. But you never feel tired because of the beautiful surrounding and the sound of the falls. There are 2 carparks and closer one is the 2nd park. Trekk can get wet and muddy here n there so waterproofing shoes are recommended. You can go upto the bottom of the waterfall by crossing the river. There is a wire bridge to cross the river but may not be for kids and short people (Like me) but you still can cross the river in waters if you don't mind your feet getting wet! It's must a to see in Scotland and no tickets are required.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 September 2023
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking!
    A slightly challenging 40 minute walk, probably requiring ankle supportive footwear and care at points. Not difficult but not for the frail or infirm. As for the waterfall and the views of Glencoe Valley .... utterly breathtaking! Absolutely DO go and check this out!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 3 October 2023
  • L - travels
    Worcestershire, United Kingdom38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must do walk for all abilities and ages
    Push yourself to do this walk, I promise you will not regret it. Easy walk for me, challenging for another in my party, so recommendations are really subjective. Lots of rocks to step over, no significant inclines, end result is worth every second. Time dependent on people on your group, but I’d say no more than an hour at maximum to reach the waterfall. Walk can be done with dogs but need to be kept on a lead in some places due to big drops. Quiet in the winter but I imagine very busy in the summer, get to the car park early!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 February 2024
  • Tanith H
    Swansea, United Kingdom81 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great walk for most
    This was a lovely walk to the waterfalls. The car park is free which is a bonus, and the majority of the walk is easy to navigate although there are some parts of the path that may be challenging to some. The walk isn’t long are too arduous so it’s suitable for a lot of people. If you want to visit the waterfall up close you’ve got to cross the rope bridge which is harder than it looks but also a lot of fun. We did it and it was easier on the way back.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 10 March 2024
  • ari405
    Norman, Oklahoma147 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pleasant walk with several streams and waterfalls
    We really liked this walk, which featured many small streams and waterfalls along the way. The waterfall at the end was shorter and in some ways less dramatic than the one you can see from the car park at the start, but all were enjoyable, along with the lush forest along the way. It was not too challenging for us. There were a few times you had to make large steps up between rocks or large steps across small streams to avoid stepping in the stream. We decided not to cross the single cable bridge (with two high cables for hand holds) at the end, which it appeared would not bring us much closer to the waterfall or give us a better angle to see it.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 March 2024
  • Petra S
    Helsinki, Finland25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful views, but wear waterproof shoes
    Nice and relatively easy hike for most part. The path is easy to walk and not a lot of incline. The harder part comes after the path ends. You can stay in the end of the path and see the waterfall from a distance, or you can choose to walk closer. If you want to go all the way up to the waterfall, make sure you have waterproof shoes. You can cross a cable bridge or cross a shallow stream to reach the waterfall. Definitely recommended to go all the way up there, the waterfall is amazing!
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 May 2024
  • Ishimiagi
    Malvern Hills, United Kingdom229 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Steal Waterfall Fun
    This waterfall is about a 40 minute hike (depending on how busy it is) to reach. The walk can be slippery at times and cafe needs to be taken when going through these patches. The waterfall is a welcome sight! You might have to remove your shoes when crossing the river and keep them off until you cross the marsh on the other side, but that's up to you. I'd say a must see!
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 May 2024
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Adam ✌️
Liverpool, UK155 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Visited Stefall over the weekend and didn't know what to expect.

Few tips:
It's about 45 min - 1hr walk to the waterfall. The path starts out really easily but quickly becomes challenging and uneven with some parts being close to a high drop. Take it easy and make sure you're stable before moving forward, oncoming hikers will help/wait for you so take your time.

Don't underestimate the Scottish Midges. They're everywhere and the more you stop, the more you can feel the bites/landing all over you. Wear repellent or even one of those netted hats if you feel it would help. They're all along the path and at the waterfall so be prepared.

There's no phone signal near the waterfall so make sure you're well prepared with water/snacks if needed. It's a populated path but treat it no different to walking up a mountain as help might be tricky to come by.

Parking can be a nightmare and it's hard to u-turn when you get to the free parking at the end. Some park in the passing bays but that just causes more problems so try and get their early, or later in the afternoon. There's a bigger car park further up but the walk to the falls will be longer.

There are two ways to get to the waterfall. Over the rope bridge, or over the stream using the slippery rocks. There's an open clearing when you're beyond the path so you can simply enjoy the waterfall from a distance if that works for you.
Written 18 August 2020
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Neale1810
Kingston-upon-Hull, UK3,200 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
What a great walk this is - the scenery is fantastic and changes as you progress through the walk. It’s not a long hike at all and not strenuous so good even for non-hikers!

From Fort William you take the road to Glen Nevis and go past the Ben Nevis visitor centre. Keep going for another 10 minutes, over the river and onto a single track road. Just when you think you may have gone the wrong way there is a small car park at the end - we were lucky to get a spot around noon.

The walk takes you through woods on a rocky track (wear hiking boots if you can). You can hear water throughout the walk but it’s only after about 30 mins that you see it rushing through the canyon. The walk then opens out into a plateau and you then see the waterfall in the distance.
Written 12 June 2021
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Christina
Leicester, UK266 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
Beautiful area and well worth the trip. Glen Nevis is a wonderful valley with excellent views and there are plenty of spots to kick back and relax. I managed to get many wonderful pictures during our afternoon in the area.

However, please be aware of the Highland code when visiting. We didn't make it to the top car park and people were double parked, parked right at the entry/exit to the car park and then parking in passing places or precariously near the edge of a cliff. Please do not do this, it is dangerous and selfish. I have a small city car so could manoeuvre round but for any bigger cars you'd be hard pressed. Large vehicles such as motor homes are not advised to travel up the single track road and again, I witnessed people do this. Also the road past the Ben Nevis Visitor Centre is narrow, twisty and bumpy so don't speed around it. Proceed with caution and you will be fine.

The lower falls car park is currently closed and looks like it is being refurbished. From here you can explore the lower falls which are beautiful, plus you can follow a route to Paddy's Bridge. Eventually you'll link back up to the top and can carry on to Steall Falls walk.

Please be aware this is steep and rocky, so wear sensible footwear and be sure to bring everything you need as there are no facilities up at the top.
Written 6 June 2022
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lou1232013
somerset480 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Past the visitor centre you can either park at the recently refurbished lower falls car park, now with toilets, or drive up the narrower road to the upper falls car park, where spaces are more limited.
A 40 min moderate hike will take you through rocky, uneven pathways which even in summer are wet as streams cross them, to open out into the glorious valley to see the 180 m high Steall waterfall. It is impressive and those not of a nervous disposition can use the wire bridge to cross the river or just take your shoes and socks off to wade across it to access the base of the falls. Would benefit from a proper bridge!
Is a clear path to follow from the upper car park to the waterfall but the path from the lower falls to upper falls car park is less clear as a few people we talked to were struggling to find where to go.
Very picturesque and worth the walk. Also Free!
Written 22 July 2022
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Avux99
Cheshire, UK1,734 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
Did this as a warm up the day before going up Ben Nevis. Was very apprehensive due to warnings about the cliff edges etc so agonised over taking my two kids (10 & 11) along. As it turned out, yes there is potential for catastrophe but if approached in a sensible, risk averse manner (frequent reminders to kids to stay on the inside of the path) you should all be ok.

The other reasons I was unsure about taking the kids was I didn’t know whether

a) they were tall enough to negotiate the rope bridge

b) how deep the river was to traverse if they couldn’t do the rope bridge

c) how deep the river was under the rope bridge

As it turned out, they both managed the rope bridge independently - my 11 year old very slowly, my 10 year old was quicker than me!

The river to the left of the rope bridge (facing the waterfall) wasn’t deep at all. I only got one foot wet (though this was July during a hot dry spell)

Downside of coming during a hot dry spell was the waterfall wasn’t as spectacular as it could have been, but hey I’m not complaining too much.

Was told by swimmers that the water was about 5ft deep under the deep end of the rope bridge.

Overall, enjoyed it, would recommend with the caveat that you do take care!
Written 27 July 2021
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Alan B
23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
a very spectacular waterfall in an unexpectedly open setting, once you've clambered your way up and along a very rocky and at times slippery track. Well worth the hike up, but take stout walking shoes and leave your old granny at home - she won't make it! I'd imagine that doing the walk after recent rain might be a bit hazardous as several parts of the track are a bit sketchy over rock slabs. Never tried the rope bridge beneath the falls as it was too busy but it looked .... interesting! Whoever sets the stone climbing steps up on this path needs medals and much beer, well done to them. Definitely worth a visit if you're in the area.
Written 12 July 2021
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Gabriel A
Ploiesti, Romania4,917 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
Steall Waterfall is a wonderful waterfall located in Glen Nevis, close to Fort William city.
This is the second highest waterfall of Scotland, with its single drop of 120 meters.
This waterfall worth a visit, if you are in the neighborhood.
Written 31 May 2020
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Paul A
Tavistock, UK30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The walk out to the falls was great, it had been raining heavily which made the views all the more spectacular. I kept seeing huge waterfalls and waterslides and thought that each one could have been the Steall falls themselves, but their position didn't tie up with the route. After passing through the small carpark, and walking up the narrow ravine, the landscape suddenly opened out into a huge meadow. The impressive waterfall at the end of the Glen was well worth the visit, though I didn't go over the wire bridge on this occasion. Something for next time, I'll definitely go back in "less moist" conditions.
Written 4 January 2020
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Alistair R
87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
There's a reasonably strenuous walk from the car park before you get a view of the falls, with some nice viewpoints for taking pictures. The walk seems popular so if you don't arrive early you may struggle with parking. Once you reach sight of the falls, in a dramatic secluded valley you have the choice to cross a cable bridge. This is not suitable for young children or dogs, so this will be the closest you can get to the falls, but the views from here are still impressive. If you can cross the bridge (and there is often a queue to do so), a short walk will take you right to the bottom of the falls.
The falls are impressive and getting so close is amazing.
Written 12 October 2020
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Ishimiagi
Malvern Hills, UK229 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This waterfall is about a 40 minute hike (depending on how busy it is) to reach. The walk can be slippery at times and cafe needs to be taken when going through these patches. The waterfall is a welcome sight! You might have to remove your shoes when crossing the river and keep them off until you cross the marsh on the other side, but that's up to you. I'd say a must see!
Written 28 May 2024
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