Gairlochy to Laggan


Mooring at Gairlochy on Loch Lochy

This section of the Way is 12 miles in length and is mainly on minor road or forest track. The way is almost identical to the Great Glen Cycle route.

The way is on the western shore of Loch Lochy and offers many grand views over the loch to the eastern hills. There are some gradients on the way but nothing too challanging.

Note however that there are no stopping off points or places of refreshment after leaving Gairlochy until arriving at North Laggan.

At the "T" junction over the canal, take the B8005 to the north. Shortly the Way diverts off the minor road for a short section through the woods on the Loch side. This path returns to the road closer to Bunarkaig.

Just before Bunarkaig a diversion to the left takes you to the Clan Cameron Museum in Achnacarry.

Forest track

Forest track leads off to right from B8005


T junction on the B8005 at Clunes. The lochside track takes to the right at the Forestry sign.

The route crosses the River Arkaig, the walker continuing on the minor road to Clunes then right into the Clunes Forest. The path is almost due north in direction along the straight line of the Loch. On the far side the A82 trunk road carries the traffic from Spean Bridge north to Laggan and then to Inverness.

The forest track is wide and almost totally straight, but with some inclines and descents. The forest is on both sides of the track as several points but there are frequent breaks in the trees offering wonderful views across Loch Lochy.

Two thirds of the way along Loch Lochy the path come to the Glas-dhoire ruin set at the end of the Allt Glas-Dhoire burn. Behind are two Munros, Sron a' Choire-Ghairbh and Meall na Teanga.

From the ruin the path runs through the South Laggan Forest to Kilfinnan.

Forest track

Forest track leads off to right from B8005

Laggan Lock

Boots passing through Laggan Lock at the north of Loch Lochy

On approaching South Laggan the forest track starts to descend and joins a minor road at Kilfinnan. Passing over the bridge at Kilfinnan there is only a short distance before the way turns right off the minor road and heads directly to the Laggan Lock.

This is an attractive lock. The way continues on the eastern side of the canal so cross by one of the lock gates.

This section of the Way is located between the Caledonian Canal and the A82 trunk road to the east. It is a nice walk along a wooded strip of land with the canal visible at points to the left. The tall trees are known as Laggan Avenue. About half way to North Laggan the path comes close to the Laggan Youth Hostel. Keeping straight on, the path shortly merges with the road close to the North Laggan Swing Bridge.

Exactly opposite is the entry road to the Great Glen Water Park and a few private houses. This is the direction in which the next section sets off.

Forest track

Forest track leads off to right from B8005

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