Walking Trail: Rannoch Moor & Train Station

Rannoch Moor Walking Trail

The Rannoch Moor Walking Trail – Taking a walk from Kinloch Rannoch Train Station along the track that goes to Glencoe and the Bridge of Orchy and Blackmount Hills.

Mist and mizzle to keep a mystical feel to the banks of Loch Laidon through mixed woodland and all the way to the end of the track…with just a wee peek at the Buchaille!

A good days walk ahead in this exposed walk across open moorland, this can be enjoyed as a short walk to the end of the first part of the trail on easier ground without going all the way to the Bridge of Orchy. The photos below show of some of the big views available (even on a wet day as shown:), imagining walking in the footsteps of countless people and their journies over the moor.

Peat deposits pose major difficulties to builders of roads and railways. When the West Highland Line was built across Rannoch Moor, its builders had to float the tracks on a mattress of tree roots, brushwood and thousands of tons of earth and ashes.

The A82 road crosses through Rannoch Moor on its way to Glen Coe and Fort William.

This expanse was at the heart of the last significant icefield in the UK during the Loch Lomond Stadial at the end of the last ice age. Once the great mass of ice had melted, the subsequent unburdening of the Earth’s crust resulted in a continuing rise in the land which is estimated to be of the order of 2–3 mm per year.

This fantastic area is part of the wider options available for all sorts of adventure tours and exploration of some of the wilder aspects and places in and throughout Scotland.

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