Glen Roy National Nature Reserve is managed by Scottish Natural Heritage, it is the Lochaber district and extends north east from Roy bridge where the river Roy joins the river Spean,it is about 19 miles via A82 from Fort William.
Continue along the road into Glen Roy for about 4 miles to the point of some magnificent views of the Glen and the parallel roads that slash through the landscape, they can be traced almost continuously on both sides of the Glen, each road forms a gently sloping shelf some 3 to 30 feet wide following the natural erosion off the shore line along the side of a former lake, the lake was formed by glacial action by dammed up by the ice it existed during a brief period some 900-1,100 years in duration, during the ice age, from a distance they resemble man-made roads running along the side of the Glen, hence the name.
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There is a car park with a good view point and an information plaque just along the road. During 1645 the 1st Marquis of Montrose made a memorable forced march through Glen Roy before the battle of Inverlochy. There is a short but rough walk with excellent views of the famous Parallel Roads which stand out as horizontal ridges on both sides of the Glen. There is not a path for the whole route so navigation skills are required, Below is the River Roy splashes down its rocky course, surrounded by a narrow strip of woodland, and you may hear buzzards mewing overhead, or catch the brown and white flash of a summer visiting sand martin.