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Black Mount Military Road

Start location: Bridge of Orchy (NN 296 396)
End location: Kings House Hotel (NN 260 549)
Geographical area: Lochaber
Path Type: Military Road
Path distance: 25km
Accessibility info: Suitable for pedestrians

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Route Description

Cross the River Orchy and go NW uphill through forest over the Mam Carraigh and down to Inveroran Hotel and Forest Lodge.  At Forest Lodge you can go by the 19th century Old Glencoe Road, which is now called the West Highland Way, or there is the quieter and harder to find military road, which is on the north side of the small piece of forestry.  This section of military road then joins the Old Glencoe Road at 469 282 and deviates again just north of Ba Cottage at 280 499, before rejoining the Old Glencoe Road just short of the Ski Centre.

Heritage Information

This path is now mostly on the track we now call the West Highland Way, which is actually the route of a 19th century road called the Old Glencoe Road.  This 19th century road is based on an 18th century military road although the Old Glencoe Road took a slightly lower line at two points.

There is a fascinating evolution of routes in this area as the first route we've come across is marked in Roy's Military Survey 1747-55 and runs in a similar line to the current A82 but went directly north west at the viewpoint at 308 452 to join the line of the Old Glencoe Road.  The next road to be built was the military road that took an almost entirely different route between Bridge of Orchy and the Glencoe Ski Centre.  Then the Old Glencoe Road mostly followed the military road but was replaced in the 20th century by the A82, which mostly follows the oldest of the roads, as mapped by Roy.  This evolution is well revealed at www.roysroads.co.uk.

 

 

 

 

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