“Whilst the route is demanding, you will be well rewarded for your efforts. A great view down Loch Leven and across the Mamores on good days, or a very warm welcome at the coolest venue in the Highlands” – The Ice Factor.
Ice Factor is a climbing and mountaineering centre, so please don’t be worried about coming in when you are soaked/dirty after a day on the hill. We have a dedicated drying room (please ask staff to place your wet kit there for you rather than draped in the cafe) and whilst your kit is drying you can relax in front of the wood burning stove and enjoy a gorgeous latte with Belgian Waffles or choose from our range of Highland Ales and Fine Scottish Malts.
The Bar is open till late and serves a great range of locally sourced food, with regular live music and impromptu ceilidhs.
The Ice Factor shop is open until 6pm, but centre staff will open up for you if you need urgent supplies – blister packs, first aid kits, maps, midge repellent, camping equipment.
There are drop in sessions on rock, ice and the aerial adventure course available for any West Highland Way Walkers who still have the energy! Find out more here.
Arguably, one of the best sections of the West Highland Way is the 14.5km (9miles) from King’s House to Kinlochleven. This section is the highest point on the route, taking walkers on the old military road over the Devil’s Staircase to a height of 550m. Paths and tracks are consistently good, and a clear day will reward walkers with fantastic views of the Buachaille Etive Mor, Glen Etive and Glen Coe.
In bad weather though, this section can be dangerous to the uninitiated, as there is no shelter between Altnafeadh and the buildings at the head of the Kinlochleven pipeline (GR 202604). The West Highland Way then descends into Kinlochleven following the water pipes from the Blackwater Reservoir.