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Kinlochleven to Fort William


  • Distance / Time: 16 miles (24km) / 7 to 8 hours
  • Total Ascent: 735m
  • Total Descent: 737m
  • Max Height: 333m
  • Terrain: Very good paths at this last stage, there is a steep climb out of Kinlochleven, then there are no more serious gradients. The path through Nevis Forest is a bit rough, then on to some tarmac descending  into Fort William.
  • Accommodation: Fort William
  • Refreshments: Fort William.
  • Toilets: Fort William
  • Places of Interest: The way goes through Lairigmor, this section of the walk boasts 11 Munros (mountains over 3000feet).


  • The Way continues on a path through the woods, following the old military road route for several miles.
  • At first the path climbs steeply, zig-zaging to ease the gradient, then becomes more gentle. Then, after a hairpin bend, you emerge from the birchwood to a superb view of the Loch framed by mountains to the south.
  • After reaching a height of around 900ft (275metres), you reach Lairigmor,(the great pass) with very large hills on both sides.
  • The walking is easy through this part after a while the way swings north. You then go through some woodland. At the edge of the woodland you are about halfway from Kinlochleven to Fort William.
  • To keep to the way bear right through the woods then over a high stile and head toward Glen Nevis (two miles along)
  • The final stretch of the way is a bit of rough, walking through forestry plantations with occasional breaks and you see to your north the Huge bulk of Ben Nevis.
  • Just under three miles futher on look to your right and you will see Dun Deardail which has an Iron Age Fort.
  • Shortly after the fort, you now descend into Glen Nevis down to a broad bending forest road. The way continues northward on the forest road, after about 700yards the way turns sharp right steeply downhill, then it forks left past a small cemetery.
  • Go through the wooden gate, turn left at the narrow road alongside the River Nevis, follow for one and a half miles to reach your destination, passing a massive boulder on your left called (Clach Comhairle) the stone of counsel.
  • A signpost marks the way at the Nevis Bridge
  • Proceed into the Town Centre  along Belford Road, past the Swimming Pool, Hospital and then turn left at Nevisport onto High Street, proceed along to Gordon Square- The NEW END of the West HIghland Way.
  • Award yourself a pat on the back - You've made it!!.