GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Loch Shiel Walk

2 miles (3.5 km)

Enjoy a walk to the beautiful Loch Shiel from Polloch on this delightful walk. The walk begins at the car park at Polloch and takes you along the River Polloch to the lochside on peaceful woodland footpaths. It's a beautiful, peaceful place with the surrounding mountains making a wonderful backdrop.
Loch shiel is located  20 km (12.4 miles) west of Fort William in Lochaber.
If you head to the north eastern end of the loch you can visit the magnificent Glenfinnan Viaduct and the Glenfinnan Monument.
The monument, sits at the head of the loch, commemorating the Jacobite Rising of 1745, which began here when'Bonnie Prince Charlie' raised his standard on the shores of Loch Shiel. The Glenfinnan House Hotel can also be found here. It's a special place with a lovely lawn stretching down to the shores of the loch. You can sit outside and enjoy a drink with wonderful views. The hotel also has an interesting history, built as an inn between 1752 and 1755 by Alexander MacDonald VII of Glenaladale who was wounded at Culloden (1746) fighting for Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie). It's located close to the pier at postcode PH37 4LT.


PH37 4LX - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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

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

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Looking north up Loch Shiel - - 302160

 Looking north up Loch Shiel. The slight bends and promontories in the loch prevented a clear view up to Glenfinnan. This was near the turn of the loch at Polloch, in Sunart.

River Polloch - - 1261367

River Polloch. The river where it enters Loch Shiel

Polloch Pontoon - new landing facility on Loch Shiel - - 1301192

 Polloch Pontoon. New landing facility on Loch Shiel Provided with £26.8k from the Community Environmental Renewal Scheme. Walkers & Cyclists may request to be dropped here from the MV Sileas

River Polloch - - 27518

River Polloch. Bends on the river Polloch, just as it enters Loch Sheil.

Ruined Pier, Polloch - - 3096586

Ruined Pier, Polloch

Peaty Pool - - 3096556

Peaty Pool

House and Telephone Box - - 410827

House and Telephone Box in the small hamlet of Polloch

Boat Moored on the River Polloch - - 594390

Boat Moored on the River Polloch


GPS Files

GPX File

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

Memory Map Route

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