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Devil's Staircase

Start location: Kings House Hotel (NN 259 548)
End location: Kinlochleven (NN 192 617)
Geographical area: Lochaber
Path Type: Military Road
Path distance: 13km
Accessibility info: Suitable for pedestrians, Suitable for Bikes

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Route Description

Leaving the Kingshouse, cross the River Etive by the old bridge and head north then west to within 300m of the A82. There pick up the Old Military Road which runs to the north-west of its replacement along the foot of Beinn a’ Chrulaiste. Just to the west of Altnafeadh, start climbing NNW up the Devil’s Staircase, a fine section of the Old Military Road with easy gradients and a series of well-engineered zigzags, to reach the highest point. On the north slope the path makes a long easy descent across the hillside to join the access road to the Blackwater Reservoir, and the route finishes down this road to Kinlochleven.

This route forms part of the West Highland Way. For those thinking of cycling the Devil's Staircase, check out Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland's e-guide to the Highlands which describes a circular route using this Old Military Road.

OS Landranger 41 (Ben Nevis, Fort William & surrounding area)

Heritage Information

The Old Military Road was constructed about 1750, largely on the line of the original drove road, with occasional deviations. 

Kingshouse claims to be the oldest inn site in Scotland. Altnafeadh is another former cattle drover's stance.





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