A varied low-to-mid level trek through the hills and lochs encircling Blackwater between Kinlochleven and Rannoch, mainly on good paths and tracks.
The northern section ascends in the shadow of the southern Mamore mountains to Loch Eilde Mòr and the wild landscape north of Blackwater, descending via Loch Chiarain to Loch Treig.
The eastern section heads over to Loch Ossian and ascends to join the old Road to the Isles, a good track traversing the flanks of Carn Dearg to Loch Eigheach and Rannoch.
The southern part follows the footpath from Rannoch to Glencoe, ascending through the forest above Loch Laidon and traversing the lower flanks of the Black Corries with views over the wilderness of Lorn.
The westerly return to Kinlochleven uses the fragment of the West Highland Way (WHW) that ascends the Devil’s Staircase for a fine view of the Mamores from the old military road around the flanks of the hills above the River Leven.
Easter holiday week would not be our choice for the long journey to Scotland for a backpack, but the forecast was too good to miss. The warm dry spell had already brought out the crowds in many areas, but on this route we saw only a handful of people in the first two days and none at all on the third. Only when we met the WHW at Glencoe did they appear by the score, but we expected that!.