Loch Tulla
Loch Tulla. Inveroran Hotel near Loch Tulla is a famous stopping
point since the days of Wordsworth.

Inverarnan to Crainlarich - 10.5 km (6½ m)

From Inverarnan the Way runs up Glen Falloch and over the low pass to Crainlarich. The River Falloch is the dominant element and the route follows the east side of the river through birch, alder and oak woodland up to Derrydaroch almost halfway. After crossing the river the Way climbs to join the old military road all the way to Crainlarich giving wide views across the glen and the mountains. Crainlarich is somewhat special. It is the first village since Drymen that has shops, tea rooms, a post office, bars and even a railroad or bus service back to the city environment if the weather is really bad ... and it is roughly at the half-way point of the West Highland Way.

Crainlarich to Tyndrum - 10.5 km (6½ m)

From Crainlarich the route follows its way through forest plantation on the southern slope of Strath Fillan. Strath Fillan has a particular charm, the charm of a lowland valley surrounded by high mountains and moors. After crossing the trunk road almost halfway to Tyndrum the Way follows shortly the northern slope of the valley passing the remains of St. Fillan Chapel before crossing the road again. The route follows its path between the two railroad lines until it descents into Tyndrum, a former mining town, and service town for the cattle droving trade.

Tyndrum to Inveroran - 14 km (8¾ m)

This stretch can be devided into two parts: the first from Tyndrum and ending in Bridge of Orchy, and the second from Bridge of Orchy to Inveroran. It starts again on an old military road climbing in a long gradual ascent up the pass out of Tyndrum and Strath Fillan, Beinn Dorain (1074 m) comes gradually into sight. Its bulk becomes more evident after the descent into Auch Gleann, and the way skirts the lower slopes on its way into Bridge of Orchy. The road gives easy walking with pleasant views into Glen Orchy. Bridge of Orchy on the fringe of Rannoch Moor is a small highland village providing only a bus and train service to Fort William or Glasgow, but at the hotel walkers are always welcome. After Bridge of Orchy the Way leaves the railroad and the road which it has paralleled since Glen Falloch, and sets of through the forestry plantations on the military road over Mam Carraigh. This stretch offers dramatic viewpoints, from the summit the Way descents gently down towards Inveroran and Inveroran Hotel.

Beinn an Dothaidh and Beinn Dorain
Beinn an Dothaidh and Beinn Dorain as seen from Bridge of Orchy
(pictures taken from AA Walkers' Britain)