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Alternative: Glen Lyon to Kinloch Rannoch

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A gentler way of reaching Kinloch Rannoch than the Glenmore Bothy route.
Afstand 16,1 km
4:30 u
288 m
307 m
498 m
208 m

The route is almost entirely on good tracks and is feasible in wet conditions when the Glenmore route would be impossible.

A mild ascent of around 650 ft leads from the quiet charms of Glen Lyon over the pass of the Lairig Ghalabhaich and down to the shores of Loch Rannoch through a woodland area dotted with remnants of ancient Caledonian forest. A lochside walk along a quiet road leads to the village of Kinloch Rannoch.

Tip van de auteur

You need to book a taxi at least a day in advance if you decide to walk this option.
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Laatste wijziging op: 13.05.2022
Hoogste punt
498 m
Laagste punt
208 m


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Macdonald Loch Rannoch Hotel Restaurant



You may wish to print the daily maps directly from our app. We also recommend the following maps to accompany the route notes:

OS 41 Ben Nevis, Fort William & Glencoe

OS 42 Glengarry and Loch Rannoch

OS 52 Pitlochry & Crieff

OS 53 Blairgowrie & Forest of Alyth


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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 Scottish insights:     

Tips en hints

Points of Interest

Glen Lyon 

Little known, and less visited, Glen Lyon is nevertheless a significant presence in the central Highlands. The glen extends for some 35 miles from the village of Fortingall in the east to the head of Loch Lyon in the west. Quite densely inhabited from prehistoric times (as many archaeological sites attest), though its present population is of modest size, the glen has been home to many families, including MacGregors, Menzies, Stewarts, MacNaughtans, MacGibbons and the Campbells of Glen Lyon. One of this family, Robert Campbell of Glen Lyon, led the detachment of government troops responsible for the infamous Glencoe Massacre, of the MacDonalds of Glencoe in 1691.


Blackwood of Rannoch

On the south shore of Loch Rannoch lies the Black Wood of Rannoch, a remnant of the ancient Caledonian Forest that once covered much of the Highlands. Though a haven of peace & tranquility today, this was not always the case. Used as a centre for cattle raids throughout the Scottish Highlands, the wood was populated with lawless, landless clansmen. The wood, though much diminished since those times, still comprises one of the largest remaining areas of original Caledonian pinewoods. Awash with wildlife, the woods are home to red squirrels, pine marten and capercaillie, and resonate with the warbling cry of the curlew. Areas of native forest, mainly in the river gorges, are interspersed with modern planting on the slopes of the surrounding hills.


Kinloch Rannoch

Interestingly, Kinloch is a prefix usually applied to a village at the head of a loch, such as in Kinlochewe, Kinlochleven, or Kinlochmoidart. Kinloch Rannoch however lies at the outflow of the loch.


Food & Drink

None on route, but a post office and tearoom are at Bridge of Balgie, ¾ of a mile further up Glen Lyon from the start of the route. Hotel and shop in Kinloch Rannoch. There are picnic sites with public toilets at Innerwick and Carie.


Taxi Numbers

For a Taxi from Fortingall to Glen Lyon: Aberfeldy Taxis, Tel: 01887 820370 

For a Taxi from Carie to Kinloch Rannoch: Broon’s Buses and Taxis, Tel: 01882 632418


Glen Lyon (221 m)
OS Grid
NN 58675 47505
56.598080, -4.303445
56°35'53.1"N 4°18'12.4"W
30V 419969 6273407
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Kinloch Rannoch


*** To help you follow the route with confidence we have provided full written turn by turns to aid you on your walk from Glen Lyon to Kinloch Rannoch. 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. ***


Take a taxi to Glen Lyon (at your own expense). 


0.00km - Start at the parking area near Innerwick In Glen Lyon. Turn left out of the parking area onto the road and cross the bridge.

0.10km - Turn left onto track following the side of the Allt Gallabhaich.

0.40km - Fork right

0.80km - Fork Right

1.30km - Turn Right at a track junction. The track ascends more steeply through woodland.

2.50km - Straight On at a track junction.

2.70km - Straight On the track leaves the forest and rises across open moorland.

5.50km - Straight On the track enters forestry again.

7.30km - Straight On at a track junction.

7.50km - Turn Right at a track crossroads, following the course of the Allt na Bogair.

11.00km - Straight On through the parking and picnic area.

11.20km - Turn Right at the entrance to the parking area onto the road. (It is possible to arrange for a taxi to meet you here). Continue on the quiet road along the shore of Loch Rannoch.

15.40km - Turn Left continuing along the shore, with fine views up Loch Rannoch, towards the village.

16.40km - Turn Left at road junction, passing the shop and then crossing the bridge over the river Tummel.

16.70km - Arrive at the Dunalastair Hotel.


*** This is the end of our Glen Lyon to Kinloch Rannoch route, use your included documentation to find your overnight accommodation. ***


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OS Grid
NN 58675 47505
56.598080, -4.303445
56°35'53.1"N 4°18'12.4"W
30V 419969 6273407
Toon op de kaart
Aankomst met de trein, auto, te voet of met de fiets


Such is the way of British hiking, that you need to be prepared for all seasons and weathers; sturdy hiking boots, warm clothes and a waterproof/wind-break layer are all required, as is plenty of sun-cream and a healthy respect for the sun.

Walking poles will be a big advantage on some of these ascents and descents.

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

This walk is isolated with limited opportunities to buy food or water, so be sure to bring enough with you.

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4:30 u
288 m
307 m
Hoogste punt
498 m
Laagste punt
208 m


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