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Ballachulish

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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 trail grade icon
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 and access

Walking
Walking
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Parking
Viewpoint
Viewpoint

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

Car parking information

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.

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Getting here

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

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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.

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Nearby forests

Calm loch surrounded by varied green trees with distant hill in background and blue sky above.

Towering redwoods surround this tranquil lochan

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
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Parking
All ability trails
All ability trails
Easy-access facilities
Easy-access facilities
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Mountain access
Mountain access
Picnic area
Picnic area
Distance from 'Ballachulish': 0.97 miles
Waterfall cascades down into pool, surrounded by trees, ferns and boulders, Glen Righ forest, near Fort William

Eight mighty waterfalls and wide loch views

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
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Parking
Wildlife hide
Wildlife hide
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Picnic area
Picnic area
Distance from 'Ballachulish': 3.65 miles
A grouping of broad leaf trees in front of a large mountain

Dramatic gorge and glen in native woodland

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
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Parking
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Mountain access
Mountain access
Distance from 'Ballachulish': 6.29 miles

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