Gairloch - Flowerdale Falls

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The walk explores Flowerdale, a glen sheltered from most winds and so having a microclimate of its own, supporting plants e.g. bog orchids, bog asphodels, butterwort and sundew and animals e.g. voles, pine marten, stoats, weasels and buzzards not commonly found in the area. The path from the car park to the falls is good; if returning the same way no special footwear is required, but if doing the full walk boots will be more comfortable. There are some viewpoints en route with views of the whole glen, to the Hebrides. From July to September, anti-midge measures are advised.

Note: the estate is going to carry out improvements to the paths at Flowerdale (Gairloch) during the spring and summer of 2004, so they warn of possible diversions.

Scotland - Highlands and Islands - Highland - Wester Ross


Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Food Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Moor, Pub, River, Sea, Stately Home, Waterfall, Wildlife
8/1/2011 - Bob Heap

Completed this walk on 29/07/2011 & found it to be an outstanding walk with tremendous views (the weather did help). That is until we reached Waypoint 9. I WOULD STRONGLY RECOMMEND TAKING THE QUICK ROUTE BACK TO WAYPOINT 5. The 'delightful' path is now neglected with ferns over 5ft in height, in some places masking the blue marker posts. The path being so narrow is now almost undetectable with numerous tripping hazards. At one point the path on the hillside under my wife's feet crumbled away and she promptly disappeared beneath the ferns to emerge 10 ft lower than from where she fell. Solo walkers take note of this potentially dangerous situation. Lower down the hillside erosion has made crossing the tree roots an ankle breaker waiting to happen. If you do decide to take this option serious wet weather gear is required even after the slightest rainfall due to an almost complete descent in chest high vegetation. Bob & Janet Heap Aug 2011

7/26/2005 - Michael and Marian Vaughn

Did this walk on our recent holiday to the North West Highlands. Staying at the Gairloch Hotel we had a short walk to the harbour and the Flowerdale Glen. Glorious day, hot and sunny, but the midges were fierce despite protection!! Lovely walk and a very welcome drink was had by us both at the Old Inn at the end! Note that a new path has now been made between waypoints 1 and 6 which avoids any traffic; this is sign-posted from the car park.