Slow travel

With the advent of the NC500 we’ve seen a lot of tired people trying to cover 500 miles in a couple of days. Its a wonderful journey but pretty hard work – especially for the driver!

I’m certain, having spoken to a lot of speedy travellers, that they will return for longer stints at some of their favourite spots. But if you’re not up for scouting the whole route in one trip, then there are plenty of wonderful blogs and other resources online to help you pick an area to explore in a little more depth.

Our little corner of the route is an absolute gem for small day trips, with some gorgeous beaches, Munros, forests and sea/loch activities. Getting to the port village of Ullapool is an easy and scenic 1 hour drive and the small villages of Poolewe and Gairloch with their many sites and activities are a very short drive away.

All the peninsulas around the sea lochs of Loch Ewe and Loch Gairloch are exciting, rewarding journeys.

Here are some suggestions for walks from the Visit Wester Ross website:

Short Walks, relatively flat:

  • Flowerdale (Gairloch)
  • Lael Forest (Between Braemore Junction and Ullapool)
  • Beinn Eighe Nature Reserve
  • Along the River Ewe towards Kernsary (Aultbea Hotel, staff favourite)

Walks from 2 – 4 hours, including some uphill treks:

  • Beinn Eighe Mountain and Woodland Trails
  • Poolewe to Loch Maree by Slattadale
  • Corrie Hallie towards Shenaval (on the A832 Dundonnell – Braemore road)
  • Mellon Udrigle to the ruined village of Slaagan
  • Ullapool Hill Path Network
  • Beinn Enaiglair stalkers path circuit (Braemore)
  • Reiff to Achnahaird (Coigach)

Images:

(Above) Sunset from Aultbea Hotel looking towards Mellon Charles. Credit: Nessie Gearing

(Below) Local beach with tide out. Credit: Mark Appleton

Aultbea Hotel landscape pic 1

 

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