The area surrounding Laggan has numerous walks and climbs including the Corrieyairack Pass which was maintained as a military road throughout the 18th century until it was handed over to the Commission for Highland Roads and Bridges in 1814. Today, the Corrieyairack Pass is popular with hillwalkers and provided access for farmers, deer stalkers and also the electricity workers who maintain the power line running between Fort Augustus and Rannoch Moor. Other walks include the Allt Mhoraich Walk which is 5.5kms and takes approximately two hours; Falls of Pattack which is 4kms one way and has a fairly steep gradient in some places; there is a lovely Riverside Walk which follows the River Spey and takes just over one hour. We can provide information on the walks in the area, so please don’t hesitate to ask us.
Here are four medium length walks giving a taste of what is available within the immediate vicinity of the Hotel. All require stout footwear, spare food , warm clothing and a waterproof jacket to be taken. An Ordinance survey map and a compass are essential. The walks should only be tackled by those with some prior hill walking experience. In bad weather or winter conditions they are for experts only. Finally, for your own safety, please let somebody know where you are going and when you expect to return.
WALK 1 – CLUNY TO LOCH DUBH
Good tracks take you to the heart of the most dramatic part of the wild Monadhliath range. If transport can be arranged the return can be linked with the through walk via Glen Banchor to Newtonmore. Experienced hill walkers can climb above the loch to the summit of Carn Dearg.
Route: Cluny Castle (NN646944) Sliabh Ban – Strath an Eilich – Loch Dhub (NH632012 , pron. “Doo”) Return by same route.
10 miles walk – 1300 ft ascent, should take approx 6 hours.
Access: Contact Cluny Estate.
WALK 2 – FALLS OF PATTACK AND LOCH LAGGAN BEACH
The Ardverikie Estate was nearly bought by Queen Victoria instead of Balmoral. This walk takes in two of its finest features with the dramatic Falls of Pattack and Britains largest inland sandy beach at Kinlochlaggan.
Route: Gallovie bridge (NN 554898) – Gallovie – Falls of Pattack (bear left, east, from track just before fence and stile. Then follow faint track to top of Falls. – Take great care at edge. Return to main track by same route ) – Linn of Pattack – track to Kinloch and beach – track east through woods and by River Pattack to start.
6 mile walk , 500 ft of ascent, should take you 3 1/2 hours.
Access: No restrictions if you keep to tracks.
WALK 3 – CHOIRE ARDAIR OF CREAG MEAGAIDH
This walk takes you to the foot of one of the greatest climbing Crags in Britain. En route one passes the regenerating natural wood of Coill a Choire and eagles, peregrines and roe deer can all be seen here. The area is part of the Creag Meagaidh (pron: “Craig Megee”) National Reserve. Experienced hill walkers can climb up to the “Window” and on to the summit of Creag Meagaidh.
Route: Aberarder Farm (NN 483873 ) – Coill a’ Choire – Lochan a’ Choire, return by same route.
8 mile walk, 1300 ft ascent should take approx 5 hours.
Access: No restrictions
WALK 4 – CORRIEYAIRAICK PASS
This is the finest remnant of the famous General Wade military road network built to suppress the Jacobite rebellions. Ironically Bonny Prince Charlie used it on his march south in 1745. Fine views match the history. If transport can be arranged the full crossing to Fort Augustus is well worthwhile.
Route: Motorable tarmac road to start near Melgarve (NN 468959) – follow old road (NOT motorable) by Allt Yairack up zig – zags to summit of pass.(NN 00917), return by same route.
8 mile walk,1400 ft ascent should take approx 5 hours.
Access: No restrictions if you stick to track.
The four walks described are only a taster of the superb variety of walks within a few miles of Laggan. Other areas well worth exploring include the Drumochter Hills (seven munro’s) the area to the south of Loch Laggan (three munro’s), at a lower level, the little trodden and fascinating, hills between Laggan and Dalwhinnie just west of the A889 road. For further details see the map in the Monadhliath Hotel Bar, which clearly shows all the routes and places mentioned on this page.
Or visit our link to Cairngorms walks www.walkhighlands.co.uk/cairngorms/