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Vehicle access to Strathfarrar

Walkers wishing to explore the hills around Strathfarrar can gain vehicular access to the 17-mile private road which leads up the glen under arrangements negotiated by Mountaineering Scotland with the estates. Responsible non-motorised access to the glen on foot, bicycle or horse is available at all times.

During the summer season (end of March to end of October) vehicle access is available to everyone, though controlled by a gate-keeper and subject to a number of conditions. You do not need to advise Mountaineering Scotland if you wish to visit the glen during the summer access period.

  • The glen is closed to vehicles all day Tuesday, and closed Wednesday until 1.30pm

  • Daily opening times are:

    April               9am - 6pm
    May                9am - 7pm
    June                9am - 8pm
    July                  9am - 8pm
    August            9am - 8pm
    September     9am - 7pm
    October          9am - 6pm

  • Last vehicle access is one hour before closing time. 

  • A maximum of 25 vehicles are permitted in the glen on a given day. 

  • Vehicles can be taken as far as the power station at NH183381.

It is within your access rights to access the glen using non-motorised (disabled transport excepted) at all times of day or night, including wild camping (away from road and buildings). Please camp responsibly under the guidance in the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.  

Your access rights do not, however, extend to your car, and, overnight parking is not permitted in Strathfarrar. If you wish to stay in the glen overnight you should either walk in, bike in, or arrange for someone to drop you off in the glen and then drive the vehicle out of the glen. Abuse of this arrangement could result in access to the glen for vehicles being revoked by the estate.

Deer management takes place on the Strathfarrar estates and may have implications for your walking or climbing plans.

Access for vehicles in the winter (November to March) is only available to Mountaineering Scotland and BMC members who are planning to go hill walking or climbing.

  • A padlock system operates during winter months and the padlock combination number changes regularly. On the day of your visit, access through the gate is only permitted after 8am. Please ensure you close and scramble the padlock on your way in and out.

  • Mountaineering Scotland members should email us at info@mountaineering.scot or call us on 01738 493942 providing details of your visit and obtain the latest combination number.

  • To avoid inconvenience or disappointment, we recommend that you contact our office between 10.30am and 3pm, Monday to Friday. Do not leave your call until the morning of your visit!

When you contact us, please provide the following details, which we will share with the estate. They may check vehicles have permission to be there:

  • Your name and membership number

  • Your walking plans for the day

  • Date of your intended visit

  • Registration number of your car

  • Number of occupants

  • Telephone contact number

Abuse of these arrangements: 

We remind members that there is no automatic right of vehicle access to Strathfarrar. Permission for vehicle access is only possible through a arrangement negotiated by Mountaineering Scotland with the estate. Access by members' vehicles is monitored by us and the estate and failure to follow the guidelines outlined here puts into jeopardy the continuation of this arrangement for all.

BMC members: 

Mountaineering Scotland needs to confirm with the BMC membership team that BMC members who request access have an active membership. This requires an email exchange that could take a day, so please plan ahead and give us notice of your request to avoid disappointment. 

Winter access to Strathfarrar is available only to our members and BMC members under an arrangement negotiated by Mountaineering Scotland. If you are not already al member, consider joining us otherwise you will have to park at the end of the Glen and walk or cycle the 14 miles along the private road.