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Walking and mountainbiking the Glens of Rannoch – Scotland, UK

Cover of The Scottish Glens 3 – The Glens of Rannoch
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1 Jun 2004
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1 Jan 1994
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The Scottish Glens 3 – The Glens of Rannoch

by Peter Koch-Osborne
Published by Cicerone Press

A guidebook to walking and mountainbiking in Scotland's Rannoch glens, including Lochaber and the Mamores, the glens west of Drumochter, the Rannoch moor area and between Orchy and Killin, including link routes between them. Volume 3 in a series of 9 guidebooks for walkers and mountainbikers, using paths and tracks amid superb scenery.

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Cover: Paperback - Laminated
Size: 17.2 x 11.6 x 1.5cm
Weight: 170g

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The aim in this series of books is to provide the mountainbiker and walker with information on an intended route so they know something of what to expect.

One of the problems is that O.S. maps give no indication as to whether an 'other road' is metalled, a path or a forest fire break, or anything in between. Many bridges shown on O.S. maps do not exist. Rivers are difficult to judge in size from the map, and a building may be anything from a pile of stones to a maintained bothy. All is revealed without removing the sense of adventure and exploration.

Gradient profiles help to assess how strenuous a route is, and each hand-drawn page contains a wealth of information.

The object is to save wasted leisure time and enable the armchair explorer to plan ahead or relive experiences.

The Glens of Rannoch includes: Lochaber and the Mamores, West of Drumochter, Rannoch and Orchy to Killin.

  • Seasons
    All year round.
  • Centres
    Spean Bridge. Fort William, Glencoe, Dalwhinnie, Kinloch Rannoch, Killin, Crianlarich, Bridge of Orchy, Tyndrum
  • Difficulty
    The routes are in and around the glens so are not high mountain routes and can all be walked or mountain-biked.
  • Must See
    Some remote spots, Lochs Treig, Ossian and Ericht are favourites. The railway runs from Loch Rannoch across the region.



Access to the tracks on the following pages can never be regarded as an absolute right by the cyclist or walker. Almost all land is privately owned and it is only the good nature of the landowner that allows us to travel unhindered over his land. In law the no such term as trespass exists in Scotland, nuisance or damage has to be proven in order to eject persons from the land but in practice sensible conduct is all that is required to maintain free access. Respect the grouse shooting and deer stalking seasons whatever your views on the subject of ‘blood sports’. The author has not once met with any animosity in meetings with estate workers. Your good conduct will keep it this way.

Conservation of the wild areas of Scotland is of paramount importance. Much has been written elsewhere, but users of this guide must appreciate that the very ground over which you walk or cycle will be damaged if care is not taken. Please do not use a bike on soft peat paths and tread carefully on other than a stony track. Many of the tracks are themselves and eyesore, and any development can cause irreparable damage. Make sure, as walkers and cyclists, we encourage conservation of our wilderness areas without the pressure of our activities causing further damage. In publishing this book great responsibility is placed on you, the reader, to respect the needs of the region. If all you need is exercise – go to a sports centre! But if you appreciate the unique qualities of these wild places they are yours to enjoy – carefully! Careless conduct not only damages what we seek to enjoy, but equally seriously gives landowners good reason to restrict access.

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Lochaber and the Mamores: Lairigmor

The high pass through Lairigmor, forming part of the West Highland Way, runs from the minor public road about 8km south of Fort William to just above Kinlochleven from where it is possible to join or leave this route, or continue via Loch Eilde Mor into the wilderness area east of the Mamores Forest, with ‘through route’ possibilities all the way to Rannoch, Laggan…. even Dalwhinnie! Refer to the ‘Link Routes’ section at the end of this book.


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