Day five on the West Highland Way is Bridge of Orchy to Glencoe (Kingshouse) (19km)
The West Highland Way continues out of Bridge of Orchy by crossing the River Orchy.
An easy 19km’s after the hard going of yesterdays 32km. I find that it is better for me to vary the amount that I walk each day, and that too many hard days together leave me tired and not enjoying my walking.
There is almost nothing between Bridge of Orchy and Kingshouse, except for Inveroran (4km). The Way goes up the old military road, through the plantations eventually reaching a peak at just over 300m, and giving open wonderful views over the Blackmount Forest. You are now on Rannoch Moor, the largest uninhabited wilderness in the UK.
Then it is an easy down hill towards Inveroran, beside Loch Tulla, and the hotel, the last chance until Kingshouse to have some food and coffee or tea. There is a local Loch Awe web site which list good information about this area and a list of hotels and Bed and Breakfasts. It is a good area to stay if one wants to walk from a base for several days, and there is a lot of great walking and great hills in this area.
West Highland Way Maps, Day Five, Walking in Scotland
The West Highland Way continues around Loch Tulla, to the next stop at Kinghouse. It should be noted here, this next part of the route is completely exposed, there is nowhere to rest or stop at in bad weather, e.g. heavy fog or snow. However there is a good track all the way to Kingshouse. It is possible along this track to sometimes spot a red deer.
There is another slow climb to about 300m leaving great views behind over Loch Tulla and some good chances for photos. From Ba Bridge the route climbs slowly again to the high point in the valley (about 400m) then descends again towards the A82; Kingshouse is not much further after with good food and a bed for the night.
Along this stretch it is fairly easy to imagine that there is no-one nearby, that I have the mountains of Scotland to myself. It is beautiful, bleak sometimes, and can be if you are lucky lonely. Not so tomorrow, Glencoe is a very popular destination and the devils’ staircase, just from the name stops many tourist.