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Military Road to Fort William

Start location: Kinlochleven (NN 183 624)
End location: edge of Fort William (NN 097 724)
Geographical area: Lochaber
Path Type: Military Road
Path distance: 17.5km
Accessibility info: Suitable for pedestrians

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Route Description

Leave Kinlochleven along the B863 on the north side of Loch Leven as far as the school. From there follow the path which climbs northwest up the wooded hillside, cross the private road to Mamore Lodge and higher up join the track from the lodge that leads west up the north side of the glen of the Allt Nathrach. The track leads unmistakably over a pass at about 330m and descends to Lairigmor. The way to Fort William continues along this track, which swings north and at the derelict house of Blar a’ Chaorainn joins a narrow public road leading to Fort William.

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

Heritage Information

The Old Military Road was constructed by General Caulfeild in 1749-50 from Fort William southwards to Kinlochleven, and from there south over the Devil’s Staircase and across the western edge of Rannoch Moor.

Since 1980, this route has been followed by the West Highland Way, forming part of the final section for those going from south to north. Other historic routes with links to the West Highland Way include the Bankie Trek, the Crianlarich Military Road, the Old Glencoe Road, the Devil's Staircase and the Drove Road to Callert Ferry.

In autumn 2020, BBC Scotland's Landward programme caught up with ScotWays in and around Kinlochleven to talk about its 175 year history of upholding public access, and in particular its work signposting routes. The guide posts for several rights of way make an appearance; as well as this Heritage Path look out for the Devil's Staircase and the Coffin Road from Glen Etive by the Lairig Eilde. If you missed the show when it aired in December, don't worry it'll be up on the iPlayer (6-10min in) for most of 2021. 




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