Loch Leven

Loch Leven is often by-passed by visitors to Lochaber on route to Fort William from the South. The loch, a long arm of the sea (a Fjord), has been carved out of the land by a glacier. The tour makes a complete circuit of Loch Leven following the B 863 through the village of Kinlochleven at its head. Most of the mountains are built of a rock formation called the Dalradian Supergroup, deposited in a sea 800 million years ago, and folded and recrystallized 470 million years ago at the birth of the Caledonian mountains.

Stops include:

  • Ballachulish slate quarry. Opened in 1692, closed in 1955, this quarry supplied most of Scotland with roof tiles. If you look closely you may see some gold crystals. But don’t be fooled, they are pyrite!
  • Discover ancient ripple marks in pale sedimentary rock
  • See sparkling mica-schist, formed by heat and pressure under the Caledonian mountain range
  • Areas with clear evidence of the direction of the movement of ice.
  • Felsite volcanic rocks injected into pre-existing rock
  • Scenic views of Loch Leven, towards the Ballachulish Horseshoe and Glen Coe

Starts from the Ballachulish Tourist information centre in Ballachulish village 25 km S of Fort William on the A82.

Start time 10am

End location Ballachulish tourist information centre (circular route)

End time 1.30 pm.

Driving distance total 32 km.

Walking time/total is 1.5 hours. Please be prepared for Scottish west coast weather. See our clothing and equipment page for more information.

Walking level Easy/Moderate

Cost and booking: 1 person £80 with a second person going free on the same booking. Extra persons on the same booking charged at 50% off, i.e £40 per person with a maximum of 8. Families (2 adults, up to 3 children): kids go free, just book adults in and let us know that children are coming.

Please select the number of people going on your trip and the discount will be applied in your basket ready for checkout online.

Other parties may be taking part in the same tour. Up to a total of 8 people per Geotour.

Discounts are on individuals party booking size and not the final group.

If you want to be the only person on a Geotour please visit book a Bespoke Geotour.

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