Kinlochleven to Fort William

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Key information: Kinlochleven to Fort William

    This long but fine day crosses the hills between Kinlockleven and Fort William, much of it following the lovely, lonely Lairig Mor glen on a long stretch of old military road. A final crossing of hills takes you to Glen Nevis. 

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating86.5
  • Beauty31.5
  • Natural interest15.5
  • Human interest9
  • Charisma31.5
  • Negative points1
  • Total rating86.5
  • Note: Neg: Likely bad weather

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 22 km
  • Level of Difficulty: Strenuous
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Kinlochleven to Fort William: © Flickr user puffin11k

WALK SUMMARY

This final section of the West Highland Way rounds the western end of the Marmore mountains, between Kinlochleven, an unbeautiful village deep at the head of the sea-Loch Leven, and busy Fort William.

This is a long (22+km) but generally very fine day, which Walkopedia would love to tackle one day. We walked the two prior WHW days in 2020, then rushed on to Skye. We’ll be back.

After a steady climb, some of it woodland, you emerge into the superb, lonely and well-concealed Lairig Mor glen, which you follow on another stretch of old military road, which you follow for some 9km. Across a low watershed, syou wing north, to leave the military road (which becomes paved here), just beyond a small loch where Macbeth is said to have lived. 

The WHW now makes a final crossing of the hills to lower Glen Nevis, much of it on a rough track in not specially lovely woodland, although you do get fine views of Ben Nevis and its surrounds. You can alternatively walk in to Fort William on the minor road, which ironically has better views.

Bravo to those who have finished the West Highland Way!!

See more, including practical information, at our West Highland Way and Ben Nevis and Glen Coe Area pages.

WILLIAM MACKESY'S ACCOUNT
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Kinlochleven to Fort William: © Flickr user puffin11k

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

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Any person who is considering undertaking this walk should do careful research and make their own assessment of the risks, dangers and possible problems involved. They should also go to “Important information” for further important information.

Anyone planning an expedition to this place should see further important information about this walk.

Safety and problems: All walks have inherent risks and potential problems, and many of the walks featured on this website involve significant risks, dangers and problems. Problems of any sort can arise on any walk. This website does not purport to identify any (or all) actual or potential risks, dangers and problems that may relate to any particular walk.

Any person who is considering undertaking this walk should do careful research and make their own assessment of the risks, dangers and possible problems involved. They should also go to “Important information” for further important information.

Kinlochleven to Fort William: Fort William_Cow Hill Path to Glen Nevis - © Flickr user Ashlynn Pai

OTHER ACCOUNTS
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Add your experiences, suggestions and photos. We would be delighted to receive your writing and ideas (which will be attributed appropriately where published).

Anyone planning an expedition to this place should see further important information about this walk.

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Kinlochleven to Fort William: © Flickr user puffin11k...
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