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Stage 7: Kingshouse to Kinlochleven — West Highland Way

9.84 mi
1.7 mph
1,550 ft
2,325 ft
Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

Tour Overview

Starting Point
1.51 mi

Glen Coe View

Hiking Highlight

2.95 mi

Devil's Staircase

Hiking Highlight (Segment)

4.50 mi

Stob Mhic Mhartuin

Hiking Highlight

9.80 mi
9.84 mi

Tour Profile


Mountain Hiking Path: 6.45 mi
Hiking Path: 2.24 mi
Path: 296 yd
Footpath: 311 yd
Road: 0.81 mi


Alpine: 6.45 mi
Unpaved: 2.24 mi
Paved: 0.81 mi
Unknown: 0.34 mi

Weather Forecast

komoot planned a hike.

May 8, 2019


  • komoot

    The penultimate day of the West Highland Way takes you deep into mountainous glens and up to the highest point along the trail.

    From Kingshouse you ascend gently with glorious views of Glen Coe and Buachaille Etive Mor before ascending the zig-zag path of the Devil’s Staircase.

    Reaching a height of 1,084 feet (550 meters) tall, the Devil’s Staircase is the highest point along the entire trail. However, if you want to push it higher still, you can follow the detour shown here to the 2,320 foot (707 meter) tall summit of Stob Mhic Mhartuin.

    If you do follow the detour, it will add approximately one hour to the day. If conditions are clear and you have the energy, though, you will not regret making the extra push as the views over the landscape are phenomenal.

    Whether you make the detour, or not, this section of the trail is challenging. Luckily, the rest of the route descends gently through moorland all the way to Kinlochleven.

    The town of Kinlochleven has a range of accommodation and places to eat and drink. For more information, visit: visitscotland.com/info/towns-villages/kinlochleven-p244041.

    • May 8, 2019