Walk 13 – Culnacraig And Achduart

 

Drive to Culnacraig and park the car by the bridge over the Allt a’ Choire Reidh. Follow the track which runs downhill almost due southwards and skirt the hamlet by a somewhat overgrown path leading southeast along the shore of Loch Broom. This can be followed all the way to Strathcanaird, but is a major undertaking and requires a steady head and plenty of time plus transport back from the far end. However, it is well worth following it for the first mile. A little beyond the village you have to cross the spectacular gorge of the Allt nan Coisiche climbing down the burn and up again by a twisting path. There after, the route (known as the Rock) becomes less straight forward, clinging to the steep and rocky southwest shoulder of Ben Mor Coigach with the great buttress of Garbh Choireachan above you.

Turn back when you have had enough, and after re-crossing the Allt nan Coische, take the left and lower path before Culnacraig. Cross the footbridge over the Allt a Choire Reidh and follow the well-marked path to Achduart passing through a gate just before a croft. The views of Loch Broom are superb and to the northeast, you can see the Summer Isles and the hills of Rubha Mor peninsula. At Achduart, you will reach a side road, which can be followed to its junction with the Achiltibuie – Culnacraig road where you turn right to get back to the car, or you can take the shorter and rougher route over the Meall Dubh Ard back to the road only a little way above Culnacraig.

DISTANCE: Up to 7 miles, depending on which route chosen

GOING: Mainly easy, but gets rough and rocky beyond the Allt nan Coische

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