Walks

 

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Note timing for walks are rough estimates, allowing plenty of time to stop and enjoy the views.  Committed and experienced walkers will complete these in less time.

 

Last Updated: Feb 25 2009 9:39PM

Area: Glencoe
Difficulty:  Medium
Details: Walk Length: 3-4 hours,   Munros Munros: 0   Corbetts Corbetts: 0   Grahams Grahams: 0  
Map Reference: Landranger 41. Start NN 220 563. Finish NN 188 620 or at start
Description:

The Devil's Staircase, 1850 feet at its summit, was initially given its name by the soldiers who were part of the road-building programme of General Wade. The carrying of building materials up that stretch of the road was not popular! The name was perpetuated when some of the workers building the Blackwater Dam chose to travel to the nearest pub after their wages had been paid out. For the workers at Kinlochleven the journey to the Kingshouse Hotel proved to be more difficult than many realised. The journey back was even worse as unsteady legs meant that many were unable to manage the return trip and, on a cold winter's night, the devil often ”claimed his own“.

There is a signpost at AltnaFeadh indicating the West Highland Way over to Kinlochleven. The path is very clear and soon rises above the plain of Rannoch Moor. The path zigzags as it climbs the steepest part at which point the views of the moor and of the mountains surrounding it are well worth taking in. At the summit of the walk there is a large cairn.  Here is a convenient resting point, and also where to turn back if you have not got transport at the other end.