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Inverarnan to Bridge of Orchy

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m 400 300 200 100 25 20 15 10 5 km Beinglas Farm The Real Food Café West Highland Line Crianlarich Hotel St Fillan's Priory Falls of Falloch

The trail starts with spectacular views towards the Highland mountains and offers your last glimpse of Loch Lomond as the Way heads deeper into the Highlands.  After passing through forestry, the ruined priory of St Fillan, and across moorland into the busy little village of Tyndrum you make your way towards Bridge of Orchy and gaze upon the conical mountain Beinn Dorain.  

difficult
29.5 km
9:00 h
486 m
326 m

The West Highland Way climbs out of Inverarnan beside River Falloch towards Crianlarich. Mighty Ben More and Stob Binnean provide a fantastic backdrop to your walk, and the views back down Loch Lomond are first class. 

After passing the Crianlarich turn off, you enjoy a period of secluded woodland walking before making your way back to the valley floor and through farmland surrounded by towering highland scenery. 

The scenery is stunning, and now that you are getting into your stride you will love the fast-going on military roads. Initially you follow the valley to Bridge of Orchy with the magnicicent Beinn Dorain ahead of you and the railway on your right.  

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Updated: February 17, 2020

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difficult
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Highest point
341 m
Lowest point
23 m
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Rest Stop

The Real Food Café
Crianlarich Hotel
Bridge of Orchy Hotel
Beinglas Farm

Safety information

After heavy rains there can be landslides along the section from Inverarnan to Crianlarich blocking the path. If there have been heavy rains please check for any updates regarding the path with your accommodation before departing. 

As you arrive into Tyndrum, be careful crossing the main road. Tyndrum is a popular stop for drivers and can be a busy place.

From Tyndrum to Bridge of Orchy you will walk along old military roads and alongside The West Highland Railway Line. Walking on the military road in this section can be tough on your knees and feet so take your time and enjoy your magnificent surroundings. There is little shelter for this section make sure you are prepared for all weathers. Carry a waterproof and some sun cream

Maps

If you wish to carry a hardcopy map, we would recommend buying the West Highland Way map from Footprints. Alternatively, you may wish to print the daily maps directly from our app.

Guidebook

If you wish to bring a guidebook, we would recommend Trailblazer's West Highland Way: Milngavie to Fort William by Charlie Loram.

Macs Adventure Blogs

Using our decades of experience we have written several blogs containing helpful tips, daily wildlife information, lunch stops, where to eat, FAQ and more. Please follow the link below to read our West Highland Way insights:

https://www.macsadventure.com/walking-holidays/category/walking/west-highland-way/ 

Tips, hints and links

Noted on the interactive map are a few notable points of interest. Click the icons on the map for more information.

Start

Beinglas Farm in Inverarnan (24 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
56.330490, -4.716120
UTM
30V 393890 6244185

Destination

Bridge of Orchy Hotel

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. ***

 

Rejoin the trail at Beinglas, from the restaurant turn left at the junction to begin following the thistle way-markers north along River Falloch.  The West Highland Way route doesn’t pass by the Falls of Falloch, but around at 1.50 km you should get spectacular views of this 30 ft high waterfall.  Here the trail makes use of a restored military road as you cross the railway and A82 to trace the lower slopes of Kirk Craig passing the village of Crianlarich down on your right-hand side. Crianlarich (a 2 km return detour from the trail) has a couple of pubs, the Crianlarich Hotel, public toilets and an ATM.  The viewpoint from the slopes of Kirk Craig hill is a lovely spot to stop for a picnic!

From here the Way crosses the valley floor to pass by the St Fillan’s Priory at 14 km, some ruined walls are all that remain of this 12th century monastery that King Robert the Bruce had rebuilt as a priory to honour St Fillan after the Battle of Bannockburn.  From the priory the trail keeps to the valley floor and continues towards the village of Tyndrum – look out for signs of the old mine at Connonish just before the path comes to Tyndrum with the railway on your left-hand side. 

To enter the village, turn right off the West Highland Way at 18.60 km, where the path crosses a road leading to the railway station of Tyndrum Lower on your left.  Follow this single-track road into the village. On reaching the A82 as it passes through the village of Tyndrum turn left for the public toilets, the Real Food Café, TJ’s Diner, and the Green Welly Stop. 

Rejoin the trail at the junction near Tyndrum Lower train station and follow the West Highland Way thistle signposts north to pass the northern end of Tyndrum.  Alternatively, follow the A82 through Tyndrum and at 600 m turn right off the road after passing the Green Welly Stop to pick up the trail here.

Continue to follow the thistle way-markers north on good paths and tracks towards the hamlet of Bridge of Orchy, on your right-hand side you’ll pass Ben Odhar (a Corbett at 901m) and conical Beinn Dorain (a Munro at 1076m). The trail bears left, crosses the railway and arrives at the Bridge of Orchy Hotel.

Note


all notes on protected areas

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. 

Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike, it would be beneficial to bring a power bank.


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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
29.5 km
Duration
9:00h
Ascent
486 m
Descent
326 m
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