Take a wander through pretty Ballachulish
Slate from Ballachulish once kept the rain out of many houses in Glasgow and Edinburgh. The quarry was active from 1692 to 1955 – now it’s the start of a route through mature forest, with great views of Loch Leven and its islands.
Need a break?
There are several places to eat in Ballachulish, as well as public toilets.
Climb up past the slate quarries for great views of Loch Leven and Beinn a' Bheithir, then lose yourself in the atmospheric forest beyond.
Long steep slopes for up to half a mile. Firm but uneven gravel surface throughout. Includes three gates.
1 ¾ miles / 2.7 km Allow 1 hour
The island you can see in Loch Leven is Eilean Munde, the island of Munn. It holds the ruins of a church built about 1400 years ago and dedicated to Saint Munn, who brought Christianity to the west of Scotland. The Macdonald, Cameron and Stewart clans all have graves around the church.
Please note this trail is not waymarked, but does have signs at the access points.
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How to get here
Park at the Visitor Information Centre in Ballachulish and cross the road to the old quarry. The trail through the forest starts from here. The car park is at grid reference NN 083 584.
PH49 4JB is the nearest postcode.
You’ll find details of public transport to Ballachulish at Traveline Scotland.
There are more trails at Glencoe Lochan, and some great hill routes from Ballachulish, just down the road. Download our guide map for details, and for more fabulous forests to explore along the Great Glen between Ballachulish and Inverness.
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