Walks Wester Ross: Northern Area


Walks Wester Ross Northern Area

Author: Richard Hallewell

Rewalked by Richard & Maggie Legate

Wester Ross is one of the classic walking areas in the UK: a mass of abrupt, craggy hills, narrow inland lochs, long sea lochs and moorland paths.  The roads are few and winding (though the coast road is busier than it once was, due to the popularity of the North Coast 500) and there is only one significant settlement – the picturesque little whitewashed ferry port of Ullapool.  If you are planning to stay during busy periods, be sure to book accommodation in advance.
The area covered by the guide starts in the north with Stac Pollaidh – a typically dramatic north-western peak – then runs south past Loch Broom, Loch Ewe and Loch Gairloch before ending with the popular Red Point to Diabaig coastal walk along the northern shore of Loch Torridon (see left).  Other highlights include the circuit of the beautiful little headland at Mellon Udrigle, the fine hill crossing from Corrie Hallie to the secluded bothy at Shenavall, and the path into the road-less settlement of Scoraig.
There were few major changes to be made to the routes in this edition.  One of the bridges on the Loch Bad na Sgalag walks is still down, so you are advised to avoid that loop and stick to the clear track into Loch na h-Oidhche.  That apart, the major changes were to the system of paths in Flowerdale.  The waymarking has all been changed, but the entry has been updated and the main route – up to the waterfall at the top of the woods – is still easy to follow.
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