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Tyndrum to Bridge of Orchy

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Make your way towards Bridge of Orchy on good paths and gaze upon the conical mountain Beinn Dorain.  
moderate
Distance 10.9 km
3:00 h
105 m
148 m
The scenery, as you leave Tyndrum, is stunning and now that you are getting into your stride you will love the fast-going on the 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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Update: February 24, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
333 m
Lowest point
185 m
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Rest Stop

The Real Food Café
Bridge of Orchy Hotel

Safety information

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

Please take extreme care crossing the A82 road to reach Bridge of Orchy Hotel 

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 and hints

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

 

Re-stock on cash and supplies

Tyndrum is a fairly busy little hub with lots of walkers and drivers stopping on their journeys. You can stock up on snacks and supplies Brodies or the Green Welly. There is also a cash machine at Green Welly's, although they do charge per use. There is also an outdoor equipment section in Green Welly's if you need any midge repellent.

Tyndrum will be your last chance to stock up on cash and supplies until Kinlochleven.

Start

Tyndrum village centre (227 m)
Coordinates:
OS Grid
NN 32868 30162
DD
56.433962, -4.712138
DMS
56°26'02.3"N 4°42'43.7"W
UTM
30V 394423 6255694
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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 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.

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Coordinates

OS Grid
NN 32868 30162
DD
56.433962, -4.712138
DMS
56°26'02.3"N 4°42'43.7"W
UTM
30V 394423 6255694
w3w 
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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
moderate
Distance
10.9 km
Duration
3:00 h
Ascent
105 m
Descent
148 m
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