One day tour – Distance 85 miles each way (2.5 hours driving time).
From Inverness, take the A82 towards Fort Augustus and Fort William.
En route you will see Loch Oich and towards the end of this loch you should look out for the Well of the Seven Heads store and monument. Here you can read about the bloody events which resulted in the well getting its name.
You cross another swing bridge over the Caledonian Canal and then drive along the south side of one of our most beautiful Highland lochs, Loch Lochy. On sunny days there are great opportunities to climb down to the loch side and paddle or skip stones.
After Loch Lochy you pass the Commando Memorial (free) and drive through Spean Bridge where there is a mill shop.
Arriving in the outskirts of Fort William, after the Road to the Isles roundabout look out for a sign for "Old Inverlochy Castle". Once sacked by Robert the Bruce and the ancestral home of his great rivals, the Comyns, this is well worth a visit.
Take the lochside road through Fort William and follow the A82 signs.
After passing Onich you reach North Ballachulish and should take the A863 signed Kinlochleven. Watch out for a great seafood lunch stop a few miles along this road, which is extremely scenic. A quiet road with multiple stopping and photo opportunities.
As you complete your circumnavigation of Loch Leven you arrive in Glen Coe village. Watch for the Glen Coe and North Lorn folk museum.
You will now rejoin the A82 signed Crianlarich and head towards Glen Coe.
Our recommendation is to drive all the way through Glen Coe, maybe just stopping once at the foot of the glen for photographs. Once you have cleared the glen and the road has climbed onto the moor, find somewhere to turn and come back into the glen from the top. Just a few miles beyond here is a ski and snowboarding area with chair lifts.
As you come back through the glen you can stop on the left as you enter the gorge and park and view a waterfall. Quite spectacular in spate. Then follow the glen down, driving carefully and stop at each of the parking areas where you get a series of spectacular photo opportunities and you can do some hiking, too, if you have brought your hiking gear.
When you finally leave the glen you will find the visitor centre, which is a must if you want to understand the scenery through which you have been passing.
Now head for Fort William via Ballachulish again and look for what used to be a huge slate quarry on your left before reaching the bridge.
You'll probably arrive in Fort William in time for a meal.
You now return along the same route to Fort Augustus or, when you leave Fort William, take the Road to the Isles and turn right at Neptune's Staircase of lochs on the Caledonian Canal (about one mile) and follow the back road to Gairlochy and the Commando Memorial.
This is a great day out and should provide a good mixture of heritage and scenery.
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