FEATURE TOWN – KINLOCHLEVEN

We are delighted to present Kinlochleven  in the Highlands of Scotland. This small village lies at the head of the fjord-like, sea loch Leven and is surrounded on three sides by steep spectacular mountains.  To the north lies the Mamore Ridge and to the south, the mountains flanking Glen Coe.

The village was established at the beginning of the 20th century when the North British Aluminium Company built the Blackwater reservoir, hydro-electric plant, and aluminium smelter. Towards the end of the century, the community learned of forthcoming redundancies and worked together to secure a prosperous, vibrant future for the village diversifying, particularly into outdoor pursuits. The area is now popular with climbers and winter sports enthusiasts who come to the Ice Factor, ice climbing, and mountaineering centre.  Climbers head into the Mamores, and walkers back onto the West Highland Way, long-distance trail.
 

There is a series of footpaths winding their way around the village which lead to more challenging climbs including the Devil’s Staircase or for the super-fit, Binnein Mòr at 1,130m (3707ft).  Recognising the importance of walking and economic development, Kinlochleven were accredited as a Walkers are Welcome community in 2015 and has held popular regular walking festivals.  See events 2022.

It will be of interest to some walkers that part of a former coke bunker was transformed in 2002 into Atlas Brewery which is now a micro-brewery run by Harry Heskey providing River Leven Ales  .No doubt widely available locally.

 Not to be forgotten is the array of wonderful wildlife including tawny and barn owls, pine martens, pipistrelle bats, and otters. More unusually, stags regularly walk through the village, white-tailed and golden eagles soar the heights or the shyer hybrid wildcats. Or, just enjoy the views. 

Drone footage  to inspire your visit.

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