Walk – The Heights of Kinlochleven


The Heights of Kinlochleven


Start/FinishMap Reference – NN 187 622 Landranger 41
ParkingCentre of Kinlochleven
Distance10 miles/16 km or shorter version 5 ½ miles/8.75km
Time5 ½ hours or shorter version 2 ½ hours

This is a varied circular walk above Kinlochleven village possibly challenging for some people.  The spectacular views must be some of the finest in the country, best undertaken on a clear day. This walk can be shortened by leaving out the leg around the Blackwater Reservoir. The opening scenes of the film ‘Rob Roy’ were shot around here. 


Find a suitable place to park and find the phone-box on the main road (north of the river).  There is a signpost for Grey Mare’s Waterfall.  Follow the path to the waterfall, you will hear the roar of the waterfall and will be able to see it from a viewpoint.  A path leads down to reach the mouth of the gorge if you want a closer look.  Follow the path upwards, heading along a spur of hillside, in a north easterly direction, then bear left, north, and cross two burns in succession.  Further on where two streams meet, the path forks and then forks again.  Take the right fork both times to head up the hillside beside a burn.  The path crosses over to the other bank and then swings off east and climbs to meet an estate road.  This is the road from Mamore Lodge and is followed nearly all the way to Loch Eilde Mor.   The next mile (1.5km) gives a fantastic view back down Loch Leven to the Pap of Glencoe in the distance.  Follow this road to Loch Eilde Mor and branch off right to a less distinct path which heads over to a dam at the start of Allt na h-Eilde. This Loch feeds the Blackwater Reservoir.  The walk now follows the pipeline for 1 ½ miles (2.5km) to the viewpoint spur of Leitir Bo Fionn.  A path heads down steeply to the right to near the meeting of the River Leven and Allt na h-Eilde which is the shorter alternative to the full walk. There are still another 3 ½ miles (5.5km) of the pipeline to follow before you reach the Blackwater Reservoir dam.  You are not able to cross the top of the dam.   The return route is along a path down the north bank of the River Leven.  Initially the path starts by curving above the pipeline but quite quickly descends down to the Dubh Lochan and from there on stays close to the riverbank.  There is a waterfall where the Allt na h-Eilde joins the River Leven and then the last mile takes you through the trees back to Kinlochleven.  There are quite a few paths but try to keep near the river which should lead out to a track at a bridge over the River Leven.  Swing to the right on the tarred road, Wades Road, at the West Highland Way sign turn off for a riverside route to the B863 where it bridges the River Leven.

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