For obvious reasons we haven’t had many days out this year. But last week we managed one. I revisited my old friend WalkHighlands looking for a route we hadn’t explored before. We’ve walked most of the Oban and North Lorn ones, well the ones that match our capabilities (the one, two and three boot ones) so I had a look at the Fort William selection where I found this one
So on a sunny morning we packed ourselves a picnic and headed off. Ballachulish is an hour or so’s drive from Sheiling. Head for Oban and then take the A828 north from Connel (over the bridge) If the tide is right you might get a great view of the Falls of Lora as you cross. The rest of the drive is scenic too, so it could take longer if you wanted to stop and admire the views.
There’s a public car park in the centre of the village next to the Co-op, public toilets, and also the Quarry Centre which sells food and snacks. (We bought ourselves some cake to go with our picnic)
The walk starts in the old slate quarry and takes you high above the village with superb views down Loch Leven
The path then climbs up through trees
Bramble enjoyed all the new sniffs, and hunting for stones in the burn.
We passed an old settlement
I searched in vain for a four leafed specimen in this clover patch.
And then headed downhill towards Brecklet.
It was probably all to the good that we didn’t spot any of these chaps*
*Actually the path turns in the opposite direction but I was feeling a bit nosey.
And then it was down into the village to enjoy our picnic lunch, and explore the old quarry areas.
It was such a lovely day that we took the long route home, passing through Glencoe, and then beautiful Glen Orchy where we had our final stop beside the river.