West Highland Way 6: Kings House Hotel - Kinlochlevenby Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com Oct/2012
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Passing beneath the dramatic crags of The Buachaille, up the zigzags of the Devil's Staircase and over a high pass with views of the magnificent Mamores range; then down into the deep wooded glen of Kinlochleven, a small town with a fascinating industrial past, hidden away at the head of a fjord-like sea loch - there's a lot to be said for this fairly short stage of the WHW. For a more challenging day it can easily be run together with stages 5 or 7.
Distance: 8.85 miles (14.25 km)
Total ascent: 433m
Steepest Gradient: 21% (1 in 5)
Time: 4 – 6 hours (Walking)
Start Kingshouse Hotel, NN259546; Finish The Ice Factor climbing wall in Kinlochleven is as good a place as any to finish (bar, decent food...), NN187619
The route is a mix of hill trail and Landrover track, a little stony underfoot in places but basically pretty easy. The ascent of the Devil's Staircase seems to have gained an undeserved reputation for toughness among some WHW walkers; it's really quite tame.
With a high point of about 550m this stage of the WHW could be hard going in heavy winter conditions.
Weather and Hill Conditions:
SAIS: Glencoe – mwis: Northwest Highlands – Met Office: West Highlands
Glasgow-Ft.William buses on the A82 pass close by the Kings House Hotel. Local buses run between Kinlochleven and Ft.William.
West Highland Way, Dan Bailey, pb. Pocket Mountains
OS Explorer 384 (1:25,000), OS Explorer 392 (1:25,000), Harvey/BMC Ben Nevis (1:40,000), OS Landranger 41 (1:50,000)
Kings House Hotel 01855 851259 - 'wild' camping is also welcomed here, though some tolerance for midges is required in season.
Blackwater Hostel & campsite, Kinlochleven http://www.blackwaterhostel.co.uk/
Tailrace Inn, Kinlochleven
Ballachulish (08452 255 121)