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Scrambling to the top of Buachaille Etive Mor is worth every huff, puff and false peak.

Firstly, there’s the breath-taking views. And for seconds, there’s the promise of a hearty meal and good nights sleep at Kingshouse. Looking for a gentle route? A stroll around Glencoe Lochan is just the ticket. If you’re wanting to explore Glencoe but not a confident map reader, we’ve partnered up with local companies to offer guided walks and mountaineering.


Glencoe Lochan

The woods surrounding Glencoe Lochan are the 19th century creation by Lord Strathcona to ease his Canadian wife’s longing for home. Conifers and rugged mountains encircle the lochan. The atmosphere is peaceful and calm. However, his efforts were in vain as the pair ended up emigrating to Canada, but they left us with some beautiful scenery.

Distance from hotel: 12 miles
Length: 3 miles
Time: 1 – 1.5 hours
Top Tip: There are 3 main trails. The Lochan Trail is the easiest and the Mountain Trail is more challenging of the 3


Devils Staircase

The Devil’s Staircase was initially given its name by the soldiers who were part of the road building programme of General Wade. The name came about when some of the workers building the Black Water Dam chose to travel to the nearest bar after they received their wages. But for the workers at Kinlochleven the journey back to Kingshouse Hotel was not easy for unsteady legs meaning many were unable to complete the return trip.

Today the Devil’s Staircase is one of the most popular sections of the West Highland Way. With the breathtaking views of Buachaille Etive Mor and the Mamores mountain range it is easy to see why. You can find the starting point for the walk at Altnafeadh. The climb is in the form of a zig-zag and will take you to the highest point of the West Highland Way at 550 metres and is marked by a cairn. From the top, those doing the West Highland Way will carry on to Kinlochleven but you can follow the bath back down to the starting point.

Distance from the hotel: 3 minutes drive to the layby for the start of the walk (or walk)

Hidden Valley

Famous for being the hiding place for rustled cattle of the MacDonald Clan, this scenic walk is one of Glencoe’s most popular.

We recommend heading out early for this adventure so you can take your time. There is a handy carpark across from the three sisters peaks at the beginning of the walk.

Descend to the valley floor from the carpark using the path on the left, then across a footbridge over the River Coe. Keep following the well-worn path until you eventually reach the Hidden Valley. Make sure not to miss the river crossing leading you to the valley about two-thirds of the walk (don’t worry if you do, it happens more than you think).

The Hidden Valley’s untouched scenery is much the same as it would’ve been hundreds of years ago and is a beautiful spot to spend a couple of hours, soaking up the sights.

Distance from hotel: 5-minute drive to start of the walk
Length: 2.5 miles
Time: 2 – 3 hours (summer conditions)
Top Tip: Keep an eye out for the river crossing that will keep you on the right path for getting to the valley


Buachaille Etive Mor

One of Scotland’s most loved Munro peaks, Buachaille Etive Mor, sits between Glen Etive and Glen Co and involves multiple peaks. Its distinctive shape makes it popular with photographers and provides a rewarding challenge for walkers. As the definition of mountain-climbing excellence, this munro should be on your bucket list.

This walk involves steep ascents and long ridge walking sections so is more suited for those in reasonable health and have a head for heights. You can find the start of the route at the Altnafeadh layby on the A82 (this is also the starting point for the Devil’s Staircase). From here you can follow the route up Coire na Tulaich. The initial ascent is considered one of the more challenging parts of the walk but once you reach the top it is mainly ridge walking and you soaking up the views.

Distance from the hotel: 5 minutes drive from the hotel to the starting point
Length: 8.25 miles
Time: 7 – 9 hours (summer conditions)

West Highland Way

West Highland Way

The country’s best loved-long distance walking route passes a few metres from our doorstep and has established the Kingshouse Hotel as an essential walkers watering hole. Developed in 1980 it was the first long distance footpath in Scotland, running a linear route of 96 miles (154km) from Glasgow to Fort William. With stunning scenery and breath-taking views, it’s easy to see why this walking route is so popular.

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Guided Walks

Guided Walks

Eager to explore the local mountains but not confident to go out alone? We’ve teamed up with some guides who can show you the ropes – quite literally! From summer hill walks to winter ice climbing, the expert guides can tailor a route to suit you and your ability.

Visit Freewill Outdoors Visit The Highland Mountain Company

Crieff Hydro Family of Hotels