Tyndrum to Bridge of Orchy


West Highland Way    Travel-Lite

Tyndrum to Bridge of Orchy – 6 3/4 miles (10.75 km)

Tyndrum on the West Highland Way, stands at the junction of the roads to Glencoe, Fort William and the north, and Oban and the islands to the north-west. The name Tyndrum derives from the gaelic Tigh an Droma – the House on the Ridge – although some have translated it as the House of the Witch. Tyndrum is a good place to stock up, as it is the last facility until Kinlochleven, unless you wish to do a detour to Glencoe village.

The track rises steeply on the far side of the village on the highland way, to join the old military road which will take you to Bridge of Orchy and nearly to the end of the way. The track and walking is good here, and you are in sight of the main Glencoe road and railway. The most spectacular landmark on the way to Bridge of Orchy is the towering Beinn Dobhrain.

Nearby is the birthplace of Duncan Ban McIntyre, the highland poet, known as Fair-Haired Duncan of the Songs. He was born in 1724 in Glen Orchy. He was also known as Highland Burns. His most famous work is a poem called Beinn Dobhrain and is recognised as a masterpiece by the Highland people.

For accommodation along the West Highland Way,  the Bridge of Orchy hotel, there is a specially constructed bunk house with showers, a lounge with log fires and good bar meals.