Loch Oich Circular part 1

  • Location: Great Glen
  • Starting Point: Neptunes Staircase, The Caledonian Canal, Banavie, Fort William.
  • Trail Length: 91.5kms-52mls part 1 + part 2
  • Time Required: 6-8 hrs part 1 + part 2
  • Route Type:
    1. Cross Country
  • Difficulty:
    1. Intermediate
  • Grade:
  • O.S. Map: O.S. Explorer 399 & 400
  • Parking: Caledonian Canal Car Park, Banavie

Trail Description:

Cross from the car park to the right hand Canal Towpath. Enjoy the views of Ben Nevis and the surrounding mountains in the traffic free environment of the Canal for 9.6 kms /6 miles.

Cross the Canal bridge at Gairlochy to follow the Great Glen Way signs. Continue on the single track tarmac road to the wooden houses at Clunes. Pass the houses and turn right onto the forest track. This continues for 9 kms along the lochside to Laggan Locks.

Turn right at the holiday chalets to go down to the Locks. Cross over one of the gates. This is a good point to stop for refreshment at the barge pub!

From the Canal car park ride to the main road ( A82 ). Turn right and walk on the verge for 20m. Cross the road and take the narrow track leading up through the trees. This takes you onto the bed of an old railway line. Turn left.

The trail follows the shore of Loch Oich. Parts can be soft and muddy. At length the route turns down onto an old road � General Wade�s Military Road. Caution - tree roots can be slippery on this section of single track.

Continue to follow the Great Glen Way signs. Go down onto the old steel bridge, cross it and turn onto the track at the head of the Loch. It is worth pausing to enjoy the spectacular view westwards along Loch Oich to the distant hills.

 Continued in Loch Oich Circular part 2

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