GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Loch Arkaig

4 miles (6 km)

This walk takes you along Loch Arkaig and the adjacent pine forest in Lochaber. You can start the walk from the car park at Eas Chia-aig falls at the eastern end of the loch. Then head west across the River Arkaig and into the attractive woodland. It's a good track which leads to the Inver mallie bothy where there are great views across the loch. It's a very peaceful area with splendid views of the surrounding mountains and the possibility of spotting ospreys in the skies above.
You can continue your walking by heading to the nearby Loch Lochy where you can follow the waterside cycling and walking trail along the Great Glen Way. It's a great route and includes more nice woodland trails through the Clunes Forest.

Loch Arkaig OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Loch Arkaig Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The Woodland Trust have set up an Osprey Nest webcam at the loch. Click here to see the birds live.
Head east and there's another lovely lochside walking and cycling trail along the expansive Loch Ericht. The path starts at Dalwhinnie train station and provides splendid views of Ben Alder. Loch Rannoch with its expansive forest is also located in this area.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Scottish Highlands Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Eas Chia-aig - - 25197

Eas Chia-aig at the eastern end of the loch at the start of the walk. A waterfall on the river in Gleann Cia-aig, which drains from the Lochy Lochy hills.

Shoreline of Loch Arkaig - - 1849062

Shoreline of Loch Arkaig

Head of Loch Arkaig - - 471381

Head of Loch Arkaig. This panorama is taken from the lower slopes of Sgurr Murlaggan. The hills, left to right, are Gulvain, Streap and Sgurr Thuilm.

Loch Arkaig from Strathan barracks - - 983526

Loch view from Strathan barracks


GPS Files

GPX File

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

Memory Map Route

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