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Glencoe Military Road

Start location: Achtriochtan (NN 159 571)
End location: Lochan na Fola (NN 215 560)
Geographical area: Lochaber
Path Type: Military Road
Path distance: 0km
Accessibility info: Suitable for pedestrians

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Route Description

We don't yet have a full survey for these paths but the West Highland Way is very accessible and the old military road diversions from it should be quite accessible, although tricky to find.

Heritage Information

This track is part of the old military road that was built to link Stirling with Fort William.

This area has a fascinating evolution of roads and tracks as it seems the oldest route, as shown in Roy's Military Survey of 1747-55, follows the current road to the car park just north of Loch Tulla and then it seems to go straight over the moor to join up with what is now known as the West Highland Way just south of Ba Cottage.  The next road to be built would have been the military road shortly after Roy's Military Survey, which changes route entirely by splitting west at Bridge of Orchy to go west of Loch Tulla, only joining the older road briefly at Bat Cottage and then again at Blackrock Cottage.  Then the Old Glencoe Road was built which deviated slightly from the Military Road in that it had a slightly lower line in places - this is the path that the West Highland Way follows and was vehicular well into the 20th century.  It has in turn been replaced by a road that follows the line of the oldest road more than the military or Old Glencoe Road.  A great website that contains maps that show all 4 stages of road development is at the following link.






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