Knoydart, Glen Garry and Loch Lochy

Knoydart, Glen Garry and Loch Lochy

Loch Lochy and Loch Oich are well known and seen by all travellers along the Great Glen. These attractive lochs offer short family walks as well as the tougher ascents of the steep mountains on their northern shores. Invergarry is at the heart of this area, on the northern shores of Loch Oich.

Further north are the remoter, lesser known lochs of Loch Garry and Loch Arkaig. There are few habitations here, and the wilder mountains round these lochs are empty and deserted. Still further north and west the tiny roads at last run out; beyond is the famously rugged wilderness region of Knoydart.


Walk Grade Distance Time
Daingean Trail, Glengarry grade0.75km 45 minutes
Allt Muick butterfly reserve, Loch Arkaig grade1.75km 1 hour
Ciste Dubh Trail, near Invergarry grade3km 45 mins - 1 hour
Allt na Calliche Trail, near Invergarry grade4.5km 1.5 - 2 hours
Glen Loy Oakwood, near Gairlochy grade4.5km 1 - 2 hours
Knoydart in a Knutshell, Inverie grade5km 1 - 1.5 hours
Loch Lundie, Invergarry grade5km 1 - 1.5 hours
River Garry, Invergarry grade5.75km 2 hours
Gairlochy canal circuit grade6.5km 2 hours
Loch Arkaig and Invermallie grade9km 3 - 4 hours
Barrisdale Bay walk-in from Kinloch Hourn gradegrade10.75km 3.5 - 4.5 hours one way
Loch Oich circuit, Invergarry gradegrade17km 4.5 - 6 hours
Beinn Bhan, Glen Loy gradegradegrade8.5km 4 - 5 hours
Ben Tee, Kilfinnan gradegradegrade10km 4.5 - 6 hours
Sgurr nan Eugallt, near Kinloch Hourn gradegradegradegrade9.5km 4.5 - 5 hours
Sgurr a' Choire-bheithe, from Barrisdale Bay gradegradegradegrade9.75km 4.5 - 5.5 hours
Gleouraich and Spidean Mialach gradegradegradegrade12km 5 - 7 hours
Buidhe Bheinn, from Kinloch Hourn gradegradegradegrade12km 5.5 - 6 hours
Sgurr Coire Choinnichean, from Inverie gradegradegradegrade12.75km 5.5 - 6 hours
Sgurr Cos na Breachd-laoidh, Loch Arkaig gradegradegradegrade13km 6 - 7 hours
Sgurr a' Mhaoraich, Loch Quoich gradegradegradegrade14km 5 - 7 hours
Sgurr Mhurlagain and Fraoch Bheinn, Loch Arkaig gradegradegradegrade15km 6.5 - 8 hours
Meall a'Phubuill, from Glen Loy gradegradegradegrade15km 5 - 6 hours
Gairich, Loch Quoich gradegradegradegrade15.5km 5 - 7 hours
Meall na h-Eilde and Geal Charn, Loch Arkaig gradegradegradegrade17km 6.5 - 7 hours
Loch Lochy Munros from Kilfinnan gradegradegradegrade19km 7 - 9 hours
Beinn Bhuidhe, from Inverie gradegradegradegrade19.5km 7 - 9 hours
Carn Mor, from Loch Arkaig gradegradegradegrade21km 6.5 - 7.5 hours
Beinn na Caillich, from Inverie gradegradegradegrade21.5km 8 - 9 hours
Sgurr Mor and Sgurr an Fhuarain, Loch Arkaig gradegradegradegrade24km 9 - 11 hours
Sgurr na Ciche: 3 Munros from Loch Arkaig gradegradegradegrade26km 10 - 12 hours
Bidein a' Chabair from Loch Arkaig gradegradegradegrade26km 9 - 10 hours
Ladhar Bheinn from Inverie, Knoydart gradegradegradegradegrade22.5km 9 - 12 hours
Ben Aden, by Loch Quoich gradegradegradegradegrade26.75km 11 - 13 hours
Luinne Bheinn and Meall Bhuidhe, Inverie, Knoydart gradegradegradegradegrade27km 11 - 13 hours
The Great Glen Way 117km 6 Stages
Cape Wrath Trail376km2-3 weeks
Scottish National Trail864km6 weeks

FEATURE: Once upon a time in the west

FEATURE: Once upon a time in the west

David Lintern ponders the future, from remote Knoydart.

"Inverie is tiny, a shambolic mix of old timers in knackered, occasionally unlicensed vehicles and newcomers in obscenely expensive hardwood yachts, plus a few dreadlocked inbetweeners and hill walking holidaymakers. The pub and the café both shut midweek, and sometimes when the wind drops, there’s a feeling of entropy."

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