Cruachan Dam is not accessible by car, but it’s a wonderful walk to the Dam, where you can walk enjoy the stunning view and walk across the Dam itself.
There are two routes to the Dam:
Easy Route - From Lochawe Village
From the Visitor Centre, turn right and drive to Loch Awe Village. After the 30 mph sign, take the first road on the left signposted St Conan’s Road. You will arrive at a padlocked gate, which has access for walkers – please note 24 hour access to this gate is required by station vehicles. Follow the road to the dam. The road is three miles long, has a good surface all the way and climbs gradually across the hillside.
Steep Route - From the Visitor Centre
The path begins at the Falls of Cruachan Railway Station 200 yards along the road from the Visitor Centre across from our Administration Building. Climb the steps to the Railway Station and go through the blue gate under the railway line. The path ascends steeply through woodland, crosses a stile over a deer fence and onto open hillside. Please note that this path is steep, ascends 1300 feet, and sturdy footwear is essential.
At 3694ft (1126m), Ben Cruachan is classed as one of the finest Munros in the southern Highlands and is popular with hillwalkers and climbers alike. Its pointed peak towers above its rocky satellites, offering spectacular views. A ridge walk to Stob Diamh provides a circular route around the Cruachan reservoir.
The circular route takes between 7 and 9 hours to complete, over a distance of 8.5 miles.
The walk is classed as “hard”. There are steep and rocky paths with a small section of easy scrambling. The descent is a grassy slope which can be boggy.
Hillwalking essentials are a must for your safety on Cruachan, as the weather is unpredictable even in the height of summer – sturdy hillwalking boots, map & compass, torch, whistle, warm and waterproof clothing, food, etc.
Don’t forget to pop into the Hollow Mountain cafe for a wee refreshment after a brilliant day on the Ben!