This 45 minute loop from North Connel (EGEO) shows off the Scottish Highlands at it's very best. Scattered cloud, with a base above 5000 feet and very light rain is suggested for moody atmospheric lighting. Climb and cruise initially to 3500 feet for the best views and clearance from terrain!
Depart northbound, along Loch Linnhe, following the eastern coast of the waterway before it breaks off into Loch Leven. Follow the GPS guidance with a right turn into the valley of Glencoe and follow the A82 road out of the village through the centre of the spectacular natural gorge. Shortly, when the landscape widens out again, turn left towards Blackwater Reservoir, then left again to pick up Loch Leven and follow its northern side back out towards Loch Linnhe.
As the mountains out of your right hand side become lower, you can turn right to track towards the highland tourist centre of Fort William, with the UK’s tallest mountain ‘Ben Nevis’ visible beside the town at 4413 feet AMSL.
Turn left over the township to follow the valley system to the west now, along Loch Eil towards the tiny village of Glenfinnan. Descend down to 500 feet and just after reaching the end of Loch Eil, the famous curved Glenfinnan railway viaduct will appear out on your right hand side.
Make a left turn again now and pick up Loch Sheil- and fly south along its course, keeping low and admiring the steep topography along either side. After 9 miles, climb back up to 3500 feet and break left again, flying a line south west between the mountain ‘Beinn Resipol’ and ‘Creach Bheinn’ back towards the open water.
Cross back over Loch Linnhe to the settlement of Oban, and make one last left hand turn to align with runway 10 for landing- keeping an eye out for Dunstaffnage Castle out of your left hand side on final approach.