Bad na Sgalag Circular Walk

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This delightful walk is five miles south of Gairloch in Wester Ross, on the Gairloch Estate. The start is at the side of the main road (A832) and the route climbs on a good track at the east side of Meall a Ghlas-Leothaid (Hill with the Green Slope), then descends into the valley of the Abhainn a Gharbh-Choire (River in the Rough Dell), which it follows through a gorge with waterfalls to the shore of Loch Bad na Sgalag (Grove of the Farm Worker). There are beautiful views all the way, to Slioch, Baosbheinn, Beinn Dearg and across Loch Bad na Sgalag. The young pines (over a million have been planted on the estate) are still (2009) quite small, so the heather still predominates and the views are unobstructed. You may see red deer, buzzards and possibly a sea eagle.

The walk is a fine family walk (with dog). Boots are required and bad-weather clothing should be carried, just in case... Refreshments etc are in nearby Gairloch.

Scotland - Highlands and Islands - Highland - Wester Ross


Birds, Great Views, Lake/Loch, Mountains, River, Waterfall, Wildlife
6/26/2015 - David Adamson

This walk includes some great scenery but the description fails to point out that from point 6 onwards the walk is across wet peat bog. It is very difficult underfoot and the path needs to be picked very carefully. Boots are essentil, not advisory. It is also not Family Friendly, apart from the large sections of peat bog the later section between the falls is a narrow path down the gorge with some large steep steps that small children will need help with.