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Gairlochy to Laggan

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  • Views from Laggan Locks of  Meall nan Dearcag
    / Views from Laggan Locks of Meall nan Dearcag
    Photo: Fraser MacRae, Macs Adventure
  • / Caledonian Canal at Laggan Lochs
    Photo: Macs Adventure
  • / Eagle Barge Inn
    Photo: Fraser MacRae, Macs Adventure
m 100 50 18 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Laggan Locks Eagle Barge Inn Views across the Loch Achnacarry Castle
A relaxed section of the route hugging Loch Lochy from Gairlochy to Laggan Locks. 
Distance 19 km
5:20 h
177 m
173 m

From Gairlochy follow the shore of Loch Lochy on forest tracks through land owned by the Cameron clan. Achnacarry was home to one of the toughest commando training camps, and the nearby museum highlights the remarkable conditions they endured. After Clunes the road continues on fire tracks above Loch Lochy all the way to South Laggan and the locks.

There is a wonderful pub and seafood restaurant on a moored barge at Laggan Locks called the Eagle Inn; great for an afternoon pint or an evening meal. Your accommodation is generally a mile or so from the locks. 

For those overnighting in Invergarry, you may have already opted to pre-book a taxi transfer with us (recommended) from Laggan Locks to your accommodation in Invergarry - wait at the Eagle Inn and they will collect you at your agreed time.

For those looking to get an ad-hoc taxi on the day from Laggan Locks to Invergarry, please give Great Glen Travel a call on +44 (0) 1809 501222. Please note however that they do not work on a Sunday! There are some alternative options in the surrounding villages but be aware they not be able to pick you up straight away (or at all) and they could potentially be expensive! 

Al's Taxi: +44 (0) 7733 896163  // GH Cabs: +44 (0) 7895 156667.

Alternatively, you could catch a Citylink bus that passes through Laggan Locks to Invergarry village (check timetables @


For those who have opted to walk from Laggan to Invergarry please use our included route on the Macs app:  - PLEASE DO NOT WALK ALONG THE BUSY A82 ROAD. IF YOU MUST WALK VIA THE A82 THEN ENSURE YOU USE THE GRASS VERGES AWAY FROM THE ROAD.


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Cara Macaulay
Update: September 22, 2021
Highest point
107 m
Lowest point
28 m

Rest Stop

Eagle Barge Inn

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This tour appears in the following itineraries:






Gairlochy (28 m)
OS Grid
NN 17675 84191
56.913056, -4.996430
56°54'47.0"N 4°59'47.1"W
30V 378448 6309482


Laggan Locks

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These maps and routes are designed to be used in conjunction with our traditional documentation. We have recently embarked on a conversion initiative to bring the two elements together, and this itinerary will be covered in due course.

In the meantime, using the two elements alongside each other should go a long way to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem free day.


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OS Grid
NN 17675 84191
56.913056, -4.996430
56°54'47.0"N 4°59'47.1"W
30V 378448 6309482
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


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
  • Blister kit
  • 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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Brigitte Mayer
June 27, 2019 · Community
Wonderful Walk, Perfect day! Especially along the Loch there are stunning views!
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Thursday, 27. June 2019, 21:42
Photo: Brigitte Mayer, Community
Thursday, 27. June 2019, 21:42
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Thursday, 27. June 2019, 21:42
Thursday, 27. June 2019, 21:42

19 km
5:20 h
177 m
173 m


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