near Ballachulish, Scotland (United Kingdom)
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The hike starts at the parking lot at the tourist information. From here you cross the street towards the slate quarry entrance, but first visit a large slate arch on the A82 close by. You return to the quarry entrance and make a loop through the quarry (quarry walk with information boards). Returning to the entrance you turn left on the Brecklet trail. The path rises quite steeply and initially you have views of the quarry on the left and the village on the right. Later, you get to and pass a gate and enter the dense woodland. A bit further there is a viewpoint on the left (not much to see during my walk due to the fog). The path keeps climbing into the forest and then flattens off and starts descending. A bit further you pass some old ruins. Signs advise you to keep clear. The forest is a dense conifer plantation covered with a lot of moss, both grey and strikingly green. You descend to a forest road (end of the Brecklet trail), and turn right towards the village. You pass a gate and continue on a minor asphalt road. A bit further down you walk around the Saint Munda Church and then pass the Saint Mun’s Church. At the bridge you cross the river. A bit further you follow a footpath through grassland. The path ends at another bridge across the Laroch river, and you continue on the other side along the river. The path goes through a tunnel below the A82 and ends up at the Laroch river estuary into Loch Leven. You walk along the coast to a harbour, and the make a loop on a peninsula jutting into Loch Leven. Returning on the loop, you have a good view of the Eilean Munde islands. When you get back to the harbour you pass again under the A82 along the road back to the starting point.
Along Loch Leven
Path directly on Loch Leven
Start of the Brecklet Trail
Bridge on the Laroch river.
Another bridge on the Laroch river.
At this gate you enter the woodland
Sports harbour on Loch Leven
The river Laroch flows into Loch Leven here
Path through grass land
A path takes you through grass land
Peninsula into the Loch Leven
The Quarry Walk is signposted, and information boards give ample information on the history of and life in the quarry.
Ruins of houses or sheepfold. Signs warn you to keep out
Saint Munda Church
Church of Scotland church. The catholic St. Mun's church is a bit further
Large Slate Arch formerly used to transport slate.
Tunnel below the A82
View Eilean Munde
View of the Eilean Munde islands
View of the quarry
Viewpoint above the quarry. Due to the fog I did not see much. The first photo is of the viewpoint, the other photos of the woodland you cross afterwards.