Devil's Staircase

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Recommended by 22 out of 22 hikers


  • Chris

    The Devil's Staircase is a difficult path up and over the Aonach Eagach ridge, taking you from Glencoe to Kinlochleven. It was both built and named by British soldiers working for General Wade during his road-building programme in the early 1700s.

    The name is thought to have been disturbingly prophetic as many workers tasked with building the Blackwater Dam lost their lives here after attempting the climb the climb with a skinful from the Kings House Hotel.

    The path itself takes you up to the highest point on the West Highland way at 1768ft (539m) and rewards you with seemingly endless views of the surrounding moorland and mountains. The grade reaches nearly 25% on the climb

    • 05/09/2018

  • Jost

    Climbing up Devil's Staircase (The Devil's Staircase), the highest point on the hike across the West Highland Way. Once at the top, the effort will be rewarded with fabulous views across the Highlands before descending again to sea level at Kinlochleven.
    The ascent to Devil's Staircase. This is the highest point while hikking the West Highland Way. On top you might be exhausted. But you will be rewarded with terrific views before you descend to Kinglochleven.

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    • 20/02/2015

  • Vanvun

    Exhausting climb but great view when you arrive above

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    • 05/07/2017

  • peacemaker_fx

    The climb is worth it. Great view.

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    • 22/06/2018

  • EarnYourBacon

    A strenuous but achievable climb. The view is worthwhile, especially in good weather, a trip to the nearby summit Stob Mhic Mhartuin is worthwhile.

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    • 22/06/2018

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Location: in the Highlands, Scotland, United Kingdom

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  • Distance1.00 mi
  • Uphill750 ft
  • Downhill0 ft

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