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Old Military Road from Victoria Bridge

Moorland Walk + Old Military Road

County/Area - Argyll and Bute

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 6.5 miles / 10.6 km    Ascent - 650 feet / 197 metres

Time - 3 hours 50 minutes    Grade - easy/mod

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Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - Old Military Road from Victoria Bridge
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This walk explores a section of General Caulfield's military road which was constructed in the summers of 1751 and 1752. The route starts from Victoria Bridge north of Bridge of Orchy and follows the Old Military Road across wild moorland before returning along the West Highland Way. The walk is easily graded although the outward section is indistinct in places and can be wet underfoot. The use of the relevant OS 1:25k map or digital mapping is a benefit.

To reach the start take the road signed to Forest Lodge across the bridge on the west side of the A82 at Bridge of Orchy. Follow the lane (part of the West Highland Way) past Loch Tulla and the Inveroran Hotel to reach the car park above on the left before Victoria Bridge (grid ref. NN271419). After parking, exit the northern end of the car park to the left of the information boards and descend to the lane and cross Victoria Bridge

Turn left on the track just before Forest Lodge. Continue for 200 metres and turn right to follow a path beside trees on your right. Turn right again after 200 metres and continue for another 200 metres and turn left onto the Old Military Road. The path heads north for 600 metres and then trends right, crosses a burn, and then heads NNE to cross Easan Dubh (grid ref. NN276441). Once across the burn the path trends half right before arcing left to head north to run decide a plantation on your right. On the left are the slopes of Munro Stob a' Coire Odhair.

Continue to the far end of the plantation (grid ref. NN280462) and turn right to reach the West Highland Way. Turn right and follow this popular long-distance trail for five kilometres of easy walking. Reaching Forest Lodge, turn left along the lane and return to the car park.

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Recommended Books & eBooks

West Highland Way Map Booklet

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