You can find many suggestions for walking in Lochaber, from family strolls to challenging treks, on the Spean Bridge and Fort William pages of the Walk Highlands web site. Here are a few we recommend:
Family walking in Lochaber
The Caledonian Canal starts near Fort William and has a flat, easily accessible path alongside. Take a left onto the A830 “Road to the Isles” from the roundabout as you arrive at Fort William and look out for Neptune’s Staircase on the right after a mile or two. Alternatively drive to Gairlochy for a more rural feel further along the canal.
Starting from the Commando Memorial in Spean Bridge a short circular walk passes through lovely woodland and provides an ideal glimpse of the ruins of High Bridge, where the first shots of the 1745 Jacobite Uprising were fired.
Glen Nevis provides a fairly easy walk of 7km which provides stunning mountain views and takes in the iron age fort of Dun Deardail. Alternatively drive right to the end of the road. From the car park there you can set out for Steall Falls and the Nevis Gorge – a walk which rewards you with a stunning gorge and the third highest waterfall in Scotland.
Driving through Gairlochy, cross over the canal and turn right just after, following the sign to Loch Arkaig. Follow the road for a few miles, past the signs for the Clan Cameron Museum at Achnacarry, until arriving at a car park where you can join the Great Glen Way, a gentle walk enjoying beautiful panoramas of Loch Lochy.
More adventurous walking in Lochaber
There are 72 Munros within an hour’s drive of the cottage.
Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Britain is just a short drive away, leaving you plenty of time to make it to the top and back. On the road into Fort William, just after crossing a bridge over the River Ness, take the left hand turn (marked “Glen Nevis”) at the roundabout. The path starts from the Ben Nevis Visitor Centre and the route is clearly marked, but it’s a long way so leave plenty of time, and go well prepared.
Turn left as you arrive in Roy Bridge and drive East on the A86 until you reach the Creag Meagaidh nature reserve. Paths allow you to explore the area, including taking in the high peak of Creag Meagaidh itself.
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