Distance 32km(20 miles) Total ascent 940m Time 9½ hours Start Bridge of Orchy Hotel (NN297396); finish The Ice Factor, Kinlochleven (NN188619) Terrain a mix of gentle gravel tracks and rougher, stonier sections. Waymarked throughout, but remote in places and very exposed in bad weather.
Public transport rail and long distance bus links to Bridge of Orchy; local buses connect Kinlochleven with Glencoe and Fort William http://www.my.viewranger.com/uploads/icon/1.png NN297396 From Bridge of Orchy the West Highland Way climbs through pine plantations, then zigzags over open ground onto the broad shoulder of Màm Carraigh – cairns mark the high point. Descend to the minor road at Inveroran Hotel and follow this past a little cottage to make a wide loop around the western end of Loch Tulla. Cross Victoria Bridge to the houses at Forest Lodge.
http://www.my.viewranger.com/uploads/icon/2.png NN270423 The West Highland Way now treads the line of an old unsurfaced road, climbing gradually beside a patch of woods onto the high, shelterless country on the western edge of Rannoch Moor. Continue roughly north past a couple of small plantations into the mouth of Coireach a’ Bà, a mega corrie system at the heart of the famous Black Mount range. Pass a lochan to reach Bà Bridge, halfway between Inveroran and the Kings House Hotel.
http://www.my.viewranger.com/uploads/icon/3.png NN277483 After an easy ascent to a col at 450m the A82 comes into sight below. The track descends below Meall a’ Bhùiridh, home of the Glencoe Ski Centre, to meet the ski road at the climbing club hut of Blackrock Cottage. Beyond is the massive rock pyramid of Buachaille Etive Mor. This is one of the great peaks of Scotland, guarding the entrance to Glen Coe and demanding your full attention. Cross the A82 for the short track to the Kings House Hotel.
http://www.my.viewranger.com/uploads/icon/4.png NN259546 Some people might call it a day here but if you’re made of sterner stuff then cross the bridge behind the Kings House and turn left onto an old road running west. Ahead, Buachaille Etive Mor continues to dominate the view. Just before the road joins the A82 the West Highland Way branches right, continuing under Beinn a’ Chrulaiste parallel with the A road to reach the house and car park at Altnafeadh.
http://www.my.viewranger.com/uploads/icon/5.png NN220563 Here two different paths head away from the A82, soon joining together to climb north-north-west up a gentle heathery slope. This gradually steepens into the infamous Devil’s Staircase, a series of zigzags in the trail winding up to a broad col; it’s not half as hellish as it sounds. The col gives stunning views back the way you came, and also ushers in a new landscape ahead – ribbon-like Blackwater Reservoir; the thickly wooded Leven valley and the sharp spine of the Mamores. From here it’s worth making a quick soggy detour to either of the small summits flanking the pass.
http://www.my.viewranger.com/uploads/icon/6.png NN215576 The West Highland Way drops into a shallow valley, then rounds a shoulder to make a long and circuitous descent through birch woods and past fascinating relics of Kinlochleven’s industrial past. The ground is steep and rubbly in places, and Kinlochleven takes ages to arrive; you’ll have earned a pint.
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