Most of our visitor centres, car parks and mountain bike trails are now open. Check what’s open near you before you travel and enjoy your visit safely.

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Ballachulish

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Ballachulish Forest Notices

COVID-19 has changed lots of things we do. And as we re-open the majority of our facilities and welcome more of you back in Phase 3, we need your help to do it safely. Please check what’s open before you travel; enjoy your visit safely by following NHS and Scottish Government guidance; take your litter home with you; and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

At this location:

  • The car park is open and normal charges (if any) now apply.
  • Toilets are closed while we work to make them safe for you to use. A phased reopening of our public toilet facilities began on Monday, 20 July 2020. For now, please “go before you go” and check helpful apps or websites to find toilets that are open nearby.

Please bear with us and check back regularly for updates. You can also find more information by visiting our COVID-19 page and our FAQs.

Climb up past slate quarries for great views of Loch Leven

Slate from Ballachulish once kept the rain out of many houses in Glasgow and Edinburgh. The quarry was active from 1692 to 1955 and is now the start of a route through mature forest, with great views of Loch Leven and its islands.

Walking trails

Walking

Brecklet Path

Climb up past the slate quarries for great views of Loch Leven and Beinn a' Bheithir, then lose yourself in the atmospheric forest beyond.

Long steep slopes for up to half a mile. Firm but uneven gravel surface throughout. Includes three gates.

Strenuous
1 ¾ miles / 2.7 km

Allow
1 hour

More information

The island you can see in Loch Leven is Eilean Munde, the island of Munn. It holds the ruins of a church built about 1400 years ago and dedicated to Saint Munn, who brought Christianity to the west of Scotland. The Macdonald, Cameron and Stewart clans all have graves around the church.

Please note this trail is not waymarked, but does have signs at the access points.

Facilities & access

Toilets
Toilets
Parking
Parking

There are public toilets as well as places to eat and drink in Ballachulish village.

Getting here

Park at the Visitor Information Centre at the east end of Ballachulish village. (This car park is also signposted as 'Ballachulish Quarry.')

Using SatNav?

PH49 4JB is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

Lots of local and national bus services stop in Ballachulish village. Plan your journey at Traveline Scotland.

Get directions

Get in touch

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Phone
0300 067 6650 (option 1)
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