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The Lost Valley, Glen Coe

Highland Walk

County/Area - Highland - Fort William Lochaber

Author - Mike Bexley

Length - 4.2 miles / 6.8 km    Ascent - 1400 feet / 424 metres

Time - 3 hours 30 minutes    Grade - easy/mod

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Walk Route Description

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Although this is a very short low-level walk, this large hidden valley and the approach to it is worth the visit. Legends tell of stolen cattle and marauding gangs hiding in this valley. Just one word of caution. Early into the walk there is a ravine on the left of the path. My son slipped here and we nearly had a major problem. The rest of the walk presents no exceptional problems.

The start is from the viewpoint on the road through Glencoe (Grid ref. NN171568). Proceed down to the old military road turning left then right to drop down to the footbridge that can be seen from the start. Go over this bridge, which crosses over the Allt Doir-bheith, this place is named 'The Meeting of the Three Waters'.

Then follow the well-defined path that gradually climbs up the glen by the burn named Allt Coire Gabhail. At times this burns vanishes underground. Your first sight of the valley is amazing. You can continue to follow the feint path that runs up the valley to the foot of the mountains ahead or just explore the valley. It's certainly a beautiful place so don't rush back. Your return route is to retrace the path back.

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