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Tyndrum to Glencoe Ski Centre / Shuttle Pick-Up

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  • Bein Dorain From The Path
    / Bein Dorain From The Path
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Map / Tyndrum to Glencoe Ski Centre / Shuttle Pick-Up
0 150 300 450 600 m km 5 10 15 20 25 The Real Food Café Tyndrum's 2018 Gold Rush! West Highland Line Bridge of Orchy Hotel Viewpoint for spotting Birds Of Prey Inveroran Hotel Drove Roads Ba Bridge

Make your way towards Bridge of Orchy on good paths and gaze upon the conical mountain Beinn Dorain.  After passing the isolated Inveroran hotel, walk across the Rannoch Moor and look upon Scotland's most iconic mountain: Buachaille Etive Mor.  -this route variation will take you to the Macs Adventure shuttle to Glencoe pick-up point. 

moderate
29.1 km
9:00 h
592 m
463 m

***If you aren't using the shuttle / are overnighting at Kingshouse / or aren't stopping at Kingshouse please use the Inveroran to Kingshouse route for this section of the Way.***

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.  

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.

Arguably the most scenic section of the West Highland Way; leave Inveroran and skirt Loch Tulla before joining the track across Rannoch Moor - a wonderful, lonely and exposed place that was once covered by a giant icecap and is today covered in bog. There is no shelter and in bad weather it can be exposed, whilst in good weather Rannoch Moor is simply inspiring. The 17th century Kingshouse Hotel affords the best views of Buachaille Etive Mor, Scotland’s most photographed mountain. 

On reaching Black Rock Cottage in front of the Buachaille Etive Mor (Stob Dearg) mountain on the Rannoch Moor the route diverts briefly from the WHW to reach the Macs Adventure shuttle bus pick-up point in the Glencoe Ski Centre Cafe - you only need to use this service if listed on your accommodation sheet and you are staying in Glencoe village rather than Kingshouse Hotel.

In the Glencoe Ski Centre car park look out for the sign telling you when the next Macs Adventure shuttle bus will be leaving for Glencoe.  Alternatively, the minibus itself may already be there, if so hop on and enjoy a scenic drive through the legendary Glencoe valley to reach your night’s accommodation.

The shuttle driver has a list of everyone who will be on the shuttle each day.  If you think you won’t make it for the 17:30 deadline please call either the driver directly (+44 7968 248 508), or the Macs Adventure office with plenty of notice.  In this case, the driver may wait or we can organise a taxi.

To reach Glencoe Ski Centre & Café from the Way:

The WHW path joins a minor road near Black Rock Cottage - at this point turn left onto the minor road and walk towards the ski centre car park.  The ski centre has a small restaurant and café, overlooking the Rannoch Moor, so if you have time before the next shuttle we recommend enjoying refreshments here before your journey to Glencoe.

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Updated: August 08, 2019

Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
447 m
Lowest point
155 m
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Rest Stop

The Real Food Café
Kingshouse Hotel
Bridge of Orchy Hotel
Inveroran Hotel
Glencoe Mountain Resort Café

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. 

As 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/ 

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.

Tips, hints and links

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

Start

Tyndrum village centre (227 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
56.433962, -4.712138
UTM
30V 394423 6255694

Destination

Glencoe Ski Centre car park

Turn-by-turn directions

***To help you follow the route with confidence we have provided the below route notes to help you find your way. The West Highland Way is well-waymarked and being able to stay on track, while following the GPS tracks on the Macs App, will ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem free day. Additionally, if you wish, the daily maps can also be printed from the web version of the app.***

 

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 passes the Bridge of Orchy Hotel at 10 km.  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 and turn left to join the single-track road, taking care of traffic as you follow this quiet country road for 1.50 km. At Forest Lodge, where river flows into Loch Tulla, the Way picks up an old Drove Road and continues along the base of the Black Mount Munros before crossing the edge of the Rannoch Moor and winding its way between small lochans to cross the Ba Bridge.  The scenery on this section of the West Highland Way is spectacular even on cloudy days the low light lends a special moodiness to the ancient landscape. 

After Ba Bridge ascend slightly on a good path keeping a look out for the pyramidal peak of the much photographed and iconic mountain of Buachaille Etive Mor (“meaning Great Herdsman of Etive”). The sheer dark grey face boasts a multitude of popular traditional rock-climbing routes, while hillwalkers normally approach the ascent from the north on a well-built and less intimidating path.  The Way skirts the base of Meall Bhuiridh (1108m), the Munro that’s home to the Glencoe Ski Centre.  At 28.50 km, with black rock cottage infront of you, turn left to walk up the minor road to reach the ski centre.  Your shuttle will be available from the parking area in front of the building at the base of the chairlift.  The Log Cabin Café is located inside the building should you like to purchase any drinks, snacks or light meals.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
29.1 km
Duration
9:00 h
Ascent
592 m
Descent
463 m
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