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Bridge of Orchy

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  • This destination contains areas of open water which can be hazardous if you are not suitably prepared. Follow our water safety advice and take care.

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The perfect place to begin your adventure in Glen Orchy or just take a breath of fresh air and relax by the riverside

The car park and picnic area at Bridge of Orchy can be easily accessed from the A82 and by public transport. The riverside picnic area here has great views of the surrounding Munros and is a popular spot with walkers on the West Highland Way and kayakers on the River Orchy.

The Forestry tracks that can be accessed from here will take you into the heart of Glen Orchy (which runs for 10 miles). Perfect for exploring by bike or on foot. 

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Explore on bike, foot or horse

The forest roads and tracks are great fun for self-guided exploration on mountain bike, gravel bike, horseback or by foot. Ordnance Survey maps Landranger 50: Glen Orchy & Loch Etive and Explorer 377: Loch Etive & Glen Orchy cover the forest and its surrounding area.

Kayaking

The car park and picnic site at Bridge of Orchy are popular with kayakers as a put-in spot for the River Orchy. The UK Rivers Guidebook has a route description for the extremely challenging middle section.

Beinn Dorain and Beinn an Dothaidh hill walk

It's also the best place to park for the hill path to Beinn Dòrain & Beinn an Dòthaidh - two fine Munros to the east of Bridge of Orchy. This is a challenging walk which should be attempted by experienced hill walkers only.

West Highland Way

The West Highland Way also passes nearby. The car park is popular with those attempting the sections in each direction from Bridge of Orchy.

Facilities and access

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Picnic area
Picnic area

The nearest public toilets are in Tyndrum. The hotel in Bridge of Orchy also serves food and drink.

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

To find the car park and picnic site at Bridge of Orchy, turn off the A82 at Bridge of Orchy Hotel and head over the bridge.

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PA36 4AB is the nearest postcode for the Bridge of Orchy car park.

Public transport

Trains and buses between Glasgow and Fort William stop at Bridge of Orchy. Plan your journey at Traveline Scotland.

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0300 067 6650 (option 2)
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