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Bridge of Orchy and Loch Tulla Loop Walk

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Enjoy a loop walk from Bridge of Orchy to the shores of Loch Tulla at the base of the remote Black Mount Munros
Distance 8.3 km
2:15 h
173 m
167 m
319 m
155 m

There is a steep climb as you leave Bridge of Orchy, but you are rewarded with some of the best views in Scotland (in our humble opinion). A short descent brings you to the isolated Inveroran Hotel.

The is arguably the most scenic section of the West Highland Way; leave Inveroran as you loop back to Bridge to Orchy along the shores of Loch Tulla and then following the river Orchy back to the Bridge of Orchy. 

Author’s recommendation

Loch Tulla is one of the smaller but more spectacular Lochs in the area, the views are amazing. Be sure to pause and soak up the view!
Highest point
319 m
Lowest point
155 m

Safety information

As there is little shelter for this section make sure you are prepared for all weathers. Carry a waterproof and some sun cream

Start

Bridge of Orchy (157 m)
Coordinates:
OS Grid
NN 29625 39655
DD
56.517990, -4.770864
DMS
56°31'04.8"N 4°46'15.1"W
UTM
30V 391043 6265137
w3w 
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Destination

Bridge of Orchy

Turn-by-turn directions

 *** To help you follow the route with confidence we provide these route notes to help you. The West Highland Way is well waymarked, but we strongly suggest that you follow the GPS tracks in the Macs Adventure smartphone app to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem-free day.  The daily maps can also be printed from the web version of the app should you wish to take paper copies with you. ***

 

Follow the road between Bridge of Orchy Hotel and Stance Cottage. Cross the bridge to follow the trail into the forest and ascend to the viewpoint at Mam Carraigh – a great place to spot birds of prey soaring above the moor. 

Descend on the trail to the remote Inveroran Hotel, when you reach Inveroran say goodbye to the West Highland Way as you turn right and follow the road leaving Inveroran direction Loch Tulla. The trail skirts along the shores of Loch Tulla as you follow it to the right, along the foot of the hill you just crossed, to meet the River Orchy that leads you back to Bridge of Orchy. 

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Coordinates

OS Grid
NN 29625 39655
DD
56.517990, -4.770864
DMS
56°31'04.8"N 4°46'15.1"W
UTM
30V 391043 6265137
w3w 
///overheat.present.recruited
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Sturdy hiking boots, warm clothes and a waterproof/wind-break layer are all required. The weather can change quickly so be sure to take all equipment even if the weather looks okay. A waterproof cover for your rucksack is also useful. 

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Distance
8.3 km
Duration
2:15 h
Ascent
173 m
Descent
167 m
Highest point
319 m
Lowest point
155 m

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