GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Glen Etive and Loch Etive Walk

11 miles (18 km)

This is a fairly flat walk or cycle through the beautiful Glen Etive in the Scottish Highlands. The route runs along a long country lane, following the River Etive through the Glen to Loch Etive. It's a special area with the river dotted with pretty waterfalls and surrounded by the striking peaks of Buachaille Etive Mor. Look out for red deer as you make your way through this stunning glen.
The route starts from a parking area on the A82 near the King's House Hotel in Glencoe, Argyll. You then pick up the narrow country lane and follow it through the Glen, passing attractive woodland and the lovely Lochan Urr before finishing at Loch Etive.
The area also featured in the Bond film Skyfall. You can extend your walk by climbing the wonderful Buachaille Etive Mor ridge.
At the western end of the loch you can see the Falls of Lora at Connel.

Postcode

PH49 4HY - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Glen Etive OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Glen Etive Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head north east and you could visit the remote Corrour Station. The station is notable as the highestmainlinerailway stationin theUnited Kingdom. From here there is a nice trail to follow to the nearby Loch Ossian.
Head north and you could visit the second highest waterfall in Scotland on the Steall Falls Walk. It's a spectacular sight and another scenic highlight of the area. Just to the west you'll find the Three Sisters Glencoe Waterfall Walk. There's a car park and viewpoint here with excellent views of the three striking mountains. You can then pick up trails along the River Coe with a series of pretty waterfalls to see on the way.
Head south west and there's the popular coastal town of Oban to visit. There's a lovely bay and a fine climb to the viewpoint on McCaig's Tower to enjoy here. To the north of the town there's the expansive Loch Creran where you can visit the wildlife rich Shian Woodland Nature Reserve.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Scottish Highlands Walks page.

Photos

Glen Etive. - geograph.org.uk - 25064

Glen Etive. The road squeezes between the Stob na Broige top of Buachaille Etive Mor and the river. The river flats throughout the glen are a popular camping spot, there is a management issue here.

Shore of Loch Etive - geograph.org.uk - 1273387

Shore of Loch Etive. The A85 runs along the shoreline here. Lots of birdlife about with some very noisy sandpipers.

Tide race, Loch Etive - geograph.org.uk - 738988

Tide race, Loch Etive. Looking across towards North Connel with the turbulent waters below the Falls of Lora. Lots of overfalls and eddies as the loch empties over a rock bar at its mouth.

Creagan a' Mhoulaich - geograph.org.uk - 1459055

Creagan a' Mhoulaich. A rock on the shores of the loch. The fields were being used as a car park for orienteering. Being a raised beach the drainage was quite good.

Bagh na Dalach - geograph.org.uk - 38187

Bagh na Dalach. Beach on the loch looking across Bagh nan Dalach towards Ben Cruachan.

North shore of Loch Etive - geograph.org.uk - 473779

North shore of the loch with the slopes of Beinn Trilleachan to the left.

Alluvial fan jutting into Loch Etive - geograph.org.uk - 1281847

Alluvial fan jutting into the loch. Seen from close to Ben Starav's summit, the foot of the Allt Coire Sgriodain flows into the loch.

Glen Etive - geograph.org.uk - 741950

View down the forested Allt a' Bhioran into Glen Etive.

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

Glen Etive.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Glen Etive.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)