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Guide to Glen Orchy

We can’t argue that Glen Orchy is one of the most magical and breathtaking places in Argyll and Bute…


How to get there?

Glen Orchy is not as remote as you might think, looking at the pictures below.

This is a great place for walkers also a popular spot for kayaking and fishing.

The Orchy is an impressive river running through the glen that will enrich your experience of this beautiful place.

The Glen runs from Bridge of Orchy to Dalmally.

Where to Park:

If you’re looking to climb Beinn Dorain and Beinn an Dothaidh your best place to park will be Bridge of Orchy car park and picnic site (PostCode for Satnav: PA36 4AB) you can meet some walkers crossing it while walking the west highland way.


Falls of Orchy Car Park:

We parked Halfway down the glen, next to magnificent falls of Orchy which we think are the highlight of the Glen. (No Postcode check map below)


Allt Broighleachan pinewood, Glen Orchy – Short walk (up to 2 hours) through a lovely woodland.

Beinn Mhic Mhonaidh, from Glen Orchy – long walk ( up to 5 hours ) reaching Beinn Mhic Mhonaidh summit with some extraordinary views.

Our Experience:

Our first visit was a complete surprise and below is what we wrote about this place 2 years ago.

We passed through the sheltered and uninhabited Glen Orchy.

A single track road runs south-west from Bridge of Orchy, following the River Orchy through the most southerly remnants of Scotland’s ancient Caledonian forest.

This peaceful glen which holds a little but unique place in Scottish history.

The famous Highland hero Rob Roy MacGregor– sometimes referred to as Scotland’s Robin Hood – has a connection to the area.

Rob’s mother was born in the glen and the MacGregors lived in the area until the whole clan was outlawed in 1603 by King James VI.

The MacGregors were another clan of expert cattle rustlers!

While driving through the glen admiring the views, at the last second my attention was caught by the magnificent waterfalls.

We immediately pulled over to have a closer look. And this is what we saw…

The Eas Urchaidh Waterfalls

The boulders on either side of the waterfall were deeply pitted with natural hollows. The holes looked like little mine shafts!

Glen Orchy
Glen Orchy
Glen Orchy


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