Monday, 20 December 2021
Forests all across Scotland have been seriously affected by recent storms. We are doing everything we can to make our forests safe for visitors, communities, forest businesses and our staff. However, many of our forests remain closed while others have significant diversions and access restrictions for the foreseeable future. Please keep safe and follow all closure notices and safety signage.
Take care on or around open water. Find out more on our Water Safety page.
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.
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.
Allow 1 hour
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.
There are public toilets as well as places to eat and drink in Ballachulish village.
There is no charge to park in this car park. Please park with care and consideration. In particular please park in designated parking areas only and do not block entrances or gates.
Park at the Visitor Information Centre at the east end of Ballachulish village. (This car park is also signposted as 'Ballachulish Quarry.')
PH49 4JB is the nearest postcode.
Lots of local and national bus services stop in Ballachulish village. Plan your journey at Traveline Scotland.
Towering redwoods surround this tranquil lochan
Eight mighty waterfalls and wide loch views