Loch Eil Forest or the Annat Loop
- Location: Road to the Isles
- Starting Point: Fort William or Corpach
- Trail Length: 7.5mls/12kms
- Time Required: 4hrs
- Route Type:
- Cross Country
- Grade: Difficult
- O.S. Map: Explorer 399
- Parking: Fort William or Corpach
This is one of two routes which explore the hills and glens to the north of Loch Eil. Both routes are circular (see also route 6). Loch Eil Forest route is mainly off road, with stunning views of Ben Nevis and the Mamore Hills to the south, Loch Eil and the Ardgour Hills to the west.
Please bear in mind that there is a burn(stream)to cross on this route which is not passable after heavy rain.
From Fort William take the A830 to Corpach. Drive through the village. Park in the lay-by just past the entrance to the BSW Sawmill. Turn right on to the first farm lane after the sawmill. At the turn there is a bungalow with caravans alongside. Once away from the industry and traffic the quietness of the hillside surrounds you. Go on up the hill, do not turn into the farm. Through the gate some hard work now cycling up Corpach Hill. At the next junction turn right into the forest. At the next two junctions turn left.
You will soon find that you are almost above the tree line and able to enjoy the stunning views. A good place to stop for something to eat and to look around you. It is all downhill from now on. This downhill run is well worth the climb. The track swings back down to the A830 in a series of S bends.
Once back at the metalled road turn left to cycle back to Corpach and retrace your route.
This route is great for a work out. Beware the top of the route is subject to bad frost- lift in the winter and involves lifting your bike over a high gate and 2 stiles. There is a testing short section of single track near the end which brings you out just to the West of the Locheil centre. To find it take the left turns on the descent and after a right hand hairpin, you cross a concrete bridge and come into a stand of Larch trees. There is a post which marks the top of the single track just at the far edge of the larch.
The route can be reversed by entering the forest at the gate immediately to the West of the Locheil centre and pushing up the single track.