West Highland Way 5: Tyndrum to Inveroran
ElevationAscent: 888' 271 m
Descent: -1,090' -332 m
High: 1,073' 327 m
Low: 522' 159 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 17% (9°)
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“Section five is one of the easier sections of the West Highland Way traversing a long valley surrounded by mountains.”— Lost Justpastnowhere
The grassy landscape can be quite stark with imposing Grampian Mountains on either side. There are no trees along this stretch until the Bridge of Orchy, so sunscreen is essential if you've found one of the sunny days. More likely you may experience some wind, as there is really nothing to stop the wind howling up the valley.
The Bridge of Orchy is really nothing more than a small hostel and another railway station. Here you'll cross the railway, the A82 (with caution), and the actual Bridge of Orchy over the River Orchy. This begins a somewhat difficult climb of 500 ft over 1.5 miles along the historical route of the old military road up to the Mam Carraigh summit. The first half of the climb passes through a pine wood after which the path becomes rocky and the view of the Grampian Mountains improves. From the summit, you'll have a good view of Loch Tulla with the wild, desolate, and beautiful Rannoch Moor in the background. The descent is quite rocky, with lots of loose rocks so do take care.
If you want to skip this final climb, there is a road along the River Orchy and Loch Tulla to Inveroran. Inveroran is a small hotel. From here, West Highland Way 6: Inveroran to Kings House continues the route.
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