Easy Walks from the Doorstep
Quarry and Brecklet
A lovely circular walk around the old Ballachulish slate quarry which is now home to many plant and animal species. Gather your breath and take your time to walk up the path at the side of the quarry. Enter the tree plantation and take a rest at the view point which offers great views up the loch. Carry on, on a slow descent through the trees and you will come across some ruins of old cottages. The path then reaches a track where if you wish you can take a wander to the left along the banks of the River Laroch and pass the pet cemetery until the path ends. Taking a right at the track drops you back down into the village past the two churches. During May/June there are beautiful gardens on the left which are full of colourful rhododendrons and azaleas. At the bottom of the hill turn right and you are back at Loanfern and a short walk brings you back to the house. You can of course take this walk in reverse if you’d rather have a gradual ascent.
Learn about the quarry and download a free app where locals reminisce about quarrying stories.
Loch Side Walk
Another circular walk that takes you to the last few metres of the River Laroch to where it enters Loch Leven. Walk along the loch side looking out for waterbirds and seals. You can either then walk back to the house or head left and walk out to the headland. Here you will see the burial island Eilean Munde where the Stewarts of Ballachulish, the MacDonalds of Glencoe and the Camerons of Callart were once buried.
A 5 mile plus walk, but if you don’t want to walk so far you can park your car in the Lochan car park. Walk up to Glencoe village and just over the bridge is a left hand turning into the Glencoe House Estate/Forestry Commission. The story goes that Lord Strathcona had the lochan and surrounding land designed to look like Canada for his homesick wife. There are 3 walks, 1 on the level around the lochan which is suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs, 2 other paths take you up into the trees but not too high. On a still day the Pap of Glencoe is reflected in the water. Although the photo below shows part of the Ballachulish Horseshoe.
Easy Walks just a short drive away
Glen Righ, Inchree nr Onich
Just 4 miles along the A82 heading towards Fort William. We first took this walk last year after living here for 7 years and holidaying for many more. An excellent place to spot red squirrels as just off the car park a viewing screen has been placed with head sized holes at various heights where you can pop your head and your camera and watch the squirrels unnoticed.
There are 3 walks, ranging from 2km – 6km. The Righ Falls cascade down 8 drops along Glen Righ where you might spot some folk canyoning down the gorge.
The Waterfall Trail, a 2km circular walk, with great views over to the Ardgour.
The Wade’s Road Trail, a 3.8km circular walk, progresses steadily up the nearby glen, following the route of a military road built to help thwart Jacobite unrest in the 1720’s. You can see the rock-cut ditches left by the Redcoats.
The An Drochaid Trail, a 6km circular walk, sweeps beyond the Righ Falls through native woodland and above a dry river gorge with impressive views. Some of the route is along the A82.
Keep your eyes open for the Forestry Commission publication called The Forests of the Great Glen (we do have some in stock at the time of writing this) where all 3 walks are illustrated or you can download the walk from the link below.
Glencoe Wood Nature Reserve, Duror
We had a lovely tour through the nature reserve and got to see the ponds and the two pigs Barker and Corbett. Opportunity to spot lots of wild life – badgers, otters, foxes, deer, pine marten. Brown trout were added to the lochan in December 2015 so it is hoped that these may attract some birds of prey. There are also bee hives from Plan Bee. Also secreted on the reserve is a haven for wild cats recuperating before being released back into the wild.
For the more Experienced Walker
There are plenty of Munros in the area, including one on the doorstep – the Ballachulish Horseshoe, Beinn a’ Bheithir (Sgorr Dhearg, Sgorr Dhonuill) and there are a further 6 in the Glencoe area. In the Glen Etive Hills there are 11. In the Mamores there are 10. And of course Ben Nevis along with the Aonachs and Grey Corries totalling 8. If you want to travel a little bit further there are the Bridge of Orchy Hills with 5 Munros.
For other walks visit www.walkhighlands.com for inspiration. You can chose an area and print out details of walks along with a map, directions and photos of what you can expect to see en-route.
When walking in the hills please plan your day and have the correct clothing and equipment.
Enjoy a walk from the comfort of your armchair:
Buachaille Etive Mor Glencoe
Aonach Eagach Ridge, Glencoe