Ba Bridge from Blackrock Cottage


Start/FinishMap Reference – NN 268 530 , Landranger 41 and 50
ParkingOpposite Blackrock Cottage or at the Ski Lift Car Park
Distance6 miles/10 km
Time3 Hours

This is a ‘there and back again’ walk along part of the West Highland Way that allows one to experience the loneliness of the wilderness area of Rannoch Moor – except in the height of summer when one is likely to meet some of the 50,000 people who walk the Way each year.  There is no shelter on route so good weather will help with the enjoyment of this walk.

Leave the A82 road towards the Glencoe Mountain Resort.  A white cottage belonging to the Scottish Ladies Mountaineering Club is on the right of the road.  Parking and the start of the walk is opposite the cottage.

After a few metres avoid the path off to the left that only leads to a utility building.  Pass round the barrier that prevents vehicular access and take the well trodden path that slowly climbs to the highest point of the walk at 450 metres (30 min).  Off the path to the right is a cairn set up as a memorial to Peter Fleming (the brother of author, Ian Fleming) who died in the area in 1971.

From this point the path slowly descends into the great basin of Coire Ba crossing the many small burns before arriving at Ba Bridge.  There, at an ideal spot for a picnic, the river Ba passes under the bridge where, over the years, it has sculpted pools and interesting formations in the rocks. There is no parapet at the bridge so care is required when looking down into the river.

A good detour on the return journey gains an additional 50m in altitude and gives fine views over Rannoch Moor, and after the high point gives views of the mountains of Glencoe, dominated by the massive Buachaille Etive Mor.

Look for a small cairn just after a bridge over one of the burns about 1.6 km on the return journey (map reference 280 499). The path leads on to the Old Military Road and being less used offers a good opportunity to view some of the wild life – grouse, deer and the occasional eagle.  The Old Military Road rejoins the West Highland Way about 400 m from Blackrock Cottage.  (This detour tends to be fairly boggy so good footwear is necessary!)

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