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A walk through Lochaber

A moderate walk (low hills and fells (below 600m)) in Highland, Scotland, about 16.76km (10.41 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 5:15. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 498m (1633ft)
Loss 520m (1706ft)
Max. Elevation 490m (1607ft)
Elevation (total) 1018m (3339ft)
Start & End
Lochailort Station
Distance 16.76km
(10.41mi)
Duration ~5:15
Difficulty  
Moderate
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 23 Jul 2010
Lochaber, in the West Highlands, is one of Scotland's finest walking regions. This route takes you through some of the lower hills south of Loch Morar. The route described here heads from Lochailort Station to the shore of Loch Morar, then returns the way you walked in, but the area lends itself to exploring and picking your own route across the hills. Good boots, gaiters and a map and compass all required! This walk comes courtesy of the Information Centre in Arisaig - thanks!

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Waypoints

OS Grid NM769825
Take the track heading out the back of the station. Note - there are no shopping facilities in Lochailort (although there is a pub), so you will need to bring all your food for the day.
Creag Bhan About 2.44 km (~1.52 miles) from
OS Grid NM783845
From the track, follow the Allt na Criche burn up onto Creag a' Challatainn. From here, head across to Creag Bhan (510m).
Allt a Chuirn Mhoir About 1.22 km (~0.76 miles) from
OS Grid NM793853
After dropping of Creag Bhan, pick up the track heading north past a small patch of woodland. This crosses several burns as it drops into the main river valley.
Bridge About 1.52 km (~0.94 miles) from
OS Grid NM799867
Once in the River Meoble valley, cross at the bridge and take the track heading north.
Meoble About 1.25 km (~0.78 miles) from
OS Grid NM793878
This is the site of an old hunting lodge. A postman used to walk here every day from Lochailort to deliver the mail! Carry on along the track to the loch shore.
Loch Morar About 1.73 km (~1.07 miles) from
OS Grid NM783892
The loch shore is the perfect spot for lunch. Once done, retrace your steps towards Meoble.
Prince Charlie's cave About 4.01 km (~2.49 miles) from
OS Grid NM800856
For a different way back, stick to the eastern side of the river and continue to the small land bridge just north of Loch Beoraid. Near here, look for Prince Charlie's cave (marked on the OS map) - where he rested before sailing to Skye.
Lochailort Inn About 4.59 km (~2.85 miles) from
OS Grid NM768822
Return via the track to Arienskill, from where a short road walk takes you to Lochailort. If you have time to kill, head past the station turn-off to the Lochailort Inn and wait with a pint of something frothy.

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