Walk – Ballachulish to the National Trust

Walks

Ballachulish to the National Trust

Start/Finish         Map Reference – NN 082 582

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Parking                                 At Ballachulish Tourist Information Centre opposite entrance to quarry

Distance               3 miles/5 km

Time                      1 ½ hours

 

Above Ballachulish Quarry from which many of the local buildings have slate on their roofs there is Am Meall, a 414m peak, which supports the local television repeater mast.

 

Across the road from the Ballachulish Tourist Information Centre is a gate leading into the old quarry.  (At this point there is a short walk around the bottom of the quarry that has a number of information displays telling about the quarry operation and Ballachulish life in those days).  Through the gate, immediately right, signposted The Brecklet Path, is a slate path through bushes and small trees that arrives at a small copse on the left.  (The views of Loch Leven are already worthwhile, with St Munda’s chapel and the burial area clearly visible when there is not too much surrounding vegetation).  Take the well trodden path upwards to the left and which leads on upwards between the fence at the edge of the quarry and the fence at the edge of the forest plantation; walk on up until you are at the height of the top of the quarry.

 

Turn right and keep the plantation on your right up the well-trodden steep path all the way up to the top of the hill to the ladder stile before the telecommunication tower.  All the way up the hill the village of Ballachulish is in view and that view now extends over Loch Linnhe to Ardnamurchan.

 

Crossing the stile takes you past the tower and on to the steep forest road that leads right down to the National Trust for Scotland centre and the associated caravan and campsite.

 

The return route is along the well-constructed footpath to Glencoe village with a final mile on the pavement alongside Loch Leven.

 

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