Stage 7: Kings House to Kinlochleven

On a clear day, this is perhaps the most dramatic section of the West Highland Way as it climbs to the highest point on the route with fabulous views of the Glencoe mountains. The high level mountain section can be exposed in poor weather but the long descent, with excellent views, to Kinlochleven is easy to follow. Kinlochleven has all services, including hostel and camping, and the Ice Factor climbing centre.


Easy to follow path but stony and rought in places, steep climb from Glencoe, then undulating section of exposed moorland, followed by a long descent on stony tracks to Kinlochleven.

Public Transport

Start by crossing the stone bridge over the River Etive behind the Kings House, pass the informal campsite and any hungry deer, and follow the minor road, turning left at the junction to head towards Glencoe with the mass of Buachaille Etive Mor directly ahead. You are now back on the line of Wade's military road.


Kings House hotel. Map and directions.

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