Bridge of Orchy to Kingshouse Hotel

This walk is part of the trek The West Highland Way.

This fifth stage of the WHW brings us to yet more superb landscapes! The ascent of the small hill of Màm Carraigh offers a very beautiful point of view on Loch Tulla. Then, for about ten kilometres, we follow a very comfortable old military road and we climb gently and very regularly towards a pass in the middle of the moor. Ahead during the descent you will see the classic pyramid silhouette of the Buachaille summit.

Technical sheet
No. 4098904
A Argyll and Bute walk posted on 15/08/19 by Netra. Update : 31/01/20
Calculated time Calculated time: 6h50[?]
Distance Distance : 12.11mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 1427ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 1125ft
Highest point Highest point : 1467ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 502ft
Difficult Difficulty : Difficult
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Location Location : Argyll and Bute
Starting point Starting point : N 56.517878° / W 4.768676°
Arrival Arrival : N 56.651089° / W 4.840769°
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Start at the Bridge of Orchy Hotel, along the A82 road.

WHW official signposting: signposts with thistle flower + signposts with yellow arrow for changes of direction + written signposts.

(S) At the intersection at the corner of the hotel, take the small road on the left (heading west) which descends quietly towards the Orchy river. Take the bridge over the river.

(1) At the crossroads which comes after the bridge, leave the tarmac and take a gravel path opposite on the right. The path leads slightly uphill. Enter the forest and continue to climb.

(2) Turn left with the path and exit the forest. The path continues to climb pleasantly winding through the grass (ignore a shortcut that cuts a switchback). Come to Màm Carraigh hill (cairn).

(3) Go back down and enjoy a nice view of Loch Tulla below on the right. Arrive at a small road and follow it to the left. Immediately cross a river and reach '’Inveroran Hotel''.

(4) Continue west on the small road which soon turns right (north) after crossing a river. Cross a river again using the ‘’Victoria Bridge’’ and arrive at the ‘’Forest Lodge’’.

(5) Then continue straight, cross a fence and take a good stony path: it is an old military road, to be followed for 10km to a pass. Ascend steadily, over open ground, then along the edge of the woods on your right.

(6) After the woods, continue north across the moor. Go along a wood in the left hand then descend slightly to a small loch.

(7) Continue north on the path, at the foot of the peaks on your left. Take Bà Bridge to cross a river and climb gently.

(8) Cross another river and climb very steadily to the (unnamed) pass, dominated on the left by a hillock where a curious building in the shape of a small mill is erected.

(9) Continue north and start the descent. Note in the north the valley where the A82 road passes and, in the west, the pyramid-shaped summit of "Buachaille".

(10) Where the paths diverge (Glencoe ski resort on the left), take the right path.

(11) Arrive at a small road and follow it to the right.

(12) Cross the A82 road (take care, fast moving traffic) and continue on the path opposite (fence). Walk north-west and reach Kingshouse Hotel (F).

Waypoints :
D : mi 0 - alt. 531ft
1 : mi 0.1 - alt. 509ft - Crossroads
2 : mi 0.82 - alt. 830ft - Left turn and exit the forest
3 : mi 1.46 - alt. 1037ft - Màm Carraigh
4 : mi 2.43 - alt. 587ft - Inveroran Hotel
5 : mi 3.27 - alt. 587ft - Forest Lodge
6 : mi 4.78 - alt. 942ft - Edge of a wood
7 : mi 6.71 - alt. 1010ft - Lochan Mhic Pheadair Ruaidh
8 : mi 8.22 - alt. 1152ft - Bridge over Allt Creagan nam Meann
9 : mi 9.33 - alt. 1457ft - Pass
10 : mi 10.63 - alt. 1119ft - Routes diverge
11 : mi 10.93 - alt. 1027ft - Byway
12 : mi 11.35 - alt. 955ft - Road A82
A : mi 12.11 - alt. 807ft

Useful Information

Waterproof hiking shoes. Rain protection: rain cape, backpack protection, etc. Protection against the cold, depending on one’s sensitivity. Midge repellent.

The route is relatively simple and the circuit is very well marked at intersections. A physical map is useful (at least the one that accompanies this description) or a route saved on smartphone (remember to save an offline map in advance).

Food and supplies:
Bring extra water reserves and a picnic when you start.
(4) Inveroran Hotel. Tel.: + 44 (0)1301 400 220. Hotel-restaurant-bar.

Accommodation on arrival (F):
Kingshouse Hotel. Tel.: + 44 (0)1855 851 259. Has a bar-restaurant and can provide packed lunches for the next day (order the day before; cost was £10.50 per person in August 2019). The only accommodation on site, but it's really the best! Visitors can camp nearby.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

- To point (3) (Màm Carraigh): a very beautiful point of view over Loch Tulla.
- Between (5) and (9): a very pleasant climb to a pass, very gentle, in the middle of the moor and at the foot of beautiful peaks.
- Between (9) and (F): beautiful views of the Buachaille.

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