Auch Gleann

(Gleann Auch-innis Challain, Gleann Achadh-innis Chailein, Gleann Ach'-innis Chailein)

A picturesque valley of NE Argyll and Bute, Auch Gleann (also Gleann Auch-innis Challain, Gleann Achadh-innis Chailein or Gleann Ach'-innis Chailein) lies to the east of Glen Orchy and contains the Allt Kinglass. It trends southwest from close to the head of Loch Lyon, before turning northwest near Auch and terminating at Bridge of Orchy. The upper section of the valley is remote but the lower section carries the A82 Trunk Road, the West Highland Way (which follows the course of an 18th-century old military road) and West Highland Railway from a pass to the northwest of Tyndrum to Bridge of Orchy. The road, which runs elevated c.100m (328 feet) above the valley floor, provides a spectacular view towards the upper section and the railway line, which crosses in a grand loop between Ben Douran (1076m / 3530 feet) and Beinn Odhar (901m / 2955 feet) before following the contours down the eastern side of the valley. The Allt Kinglass descends through the upper section of the valley, receiving the Allt Coire Chailein as the valley turns towards the northwest, before flowing onwards to join the River Orchy.

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