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Fairy Lochs

UllapoolAultbeaDundonnell PooleweWild WestWanders mo Fairy LochsGairlochGarveKinlocheweAchnasheen Torridonand the track to Loch a' BhealaichLochcarton_20miles/32kmInvernessdaigHotelShieldaig2 ShieldaigLodge HotelSitheanThere are two walks described here

.The first is a short, circular walk starting along the track, Car park 1 but soon heading up to the mystical Fairy Lochs, thenStepping Stones 3 back down to rejoin the track once again.Erosion The second walk continuesof track Lochan along the track to Loch a' en Bhealaich (just as far asyou feel you want to go).Most people turn back at the top of the waterfalls in the woods, or continueBoggy Oy to the sandy shore ofsection Loch Gaineamhach.

Car parking is available 1 just beyond Shieldaig Lodge track, and head up the small path beside the burn. This Hotel. From here, walk along the main road past the hotel 2, becomes indistinct, but look out for cairns marking the route and find the track on your right (sign posted). This crosses a at regular intervals. These cairns lead you to the right hand stream on stepping stones 3, then passes old farm buldings shore of the small crash' loch, where the path leads to the 4. Continue up the track, passing the branch to the house in crash site 9, at the far end of the loch. There is a fair amount the trees, to the right. Up on your left, are the old kennels 5. of aircraft wreckage in the area around the end of the loch, Continue up the track, passing the path junction on the left, and also beside the commemorative plaque on the rock marked by a pile of stones (you will return down this path). face. From here the path takes you around the rocky knoll to The next section of track is badly eroded and sometimes the next small loch 10, then down through a boggy area, boggy. After about 20 min the track levels off and reaches a back to the main track (at the old kennels). Follow the track small loch 6, then follows the sandy shore of another larger back to the road, cross the stream, and turn left to the car loch 7. Just before the wooden bridge 8, turn left off thepark.

GairlochLoch GairlochShieldaig Lodge HotelFairy Lochs Tranquil Tochs and a tragic aircraft crash • distance 2.8 miles/4.5 kilometres (round trip). height gained 525ft/160m. time allow 2 hours 45 minutes (round trip). under foot A variable path with some very boggy parts. parking Car park just past the Shieldaig Lodge Hotel. This is on the single-track road (B8056) towards Redpoint. Grid ref 806726 OS Landranger sheet 19 Gairloch & Ullapool

On 13th June 1945, a B-24H Liberator left Prestwick airport (Ayrshire) with 9 crew and 6 passengers on board. It was returning home after the war to the USA via Iceland. The aircraft got into difficulties and attempted an emergency landing in poor conditions in the Gairloch area. TheLiberator eventually came down at the Fairy Lochs, killing all on board This is the site of a war grave, and much of the wreckage has been left just as it was found all those years ago.

After the wooden bridge 8 the track now curves around the recent erosion 15 after heavy rain, so take the alternative hillside and follows the meandering river past an old shieling route to the left. Loch Gaineamhach (loch gehne'och) the 11. Beyond this point the track gets boggy in places, but sandy loch suddenly appears over a rise, with Baosbheinn alternative paths have developed alongside. Just before the (bosh'ven) the mountain of the hunt very close on the left, bridge and wooded gorge, the river has removed a section and the Torridon hills straight ahead. Cross the river on of track 12, so follow the alternative route around this erosion stepping stones 16 (difficult after heavy rain) and continue to reach the small bridge 13. The track now rises through the on the track as it gently rises to Loch a' Bhealaich (loch a birch woodland above the river gorge 14. Look out for the vee'alach) the loch of the pass 17, right under Baosbheinn. last waterfall at the top of the gorge. You now walk over wild, Return along the same route back to the car park. open moorland with good views all around. The track rejoins the river and once again sections have been removed bybe kept under control.Please respect the environment & follow the countryside code. Dogs should always be kept under control. Good footwear & clothing are recommended, as weather conditions can suddenly deteriorate. The author accepts no liability for any damage or injury arising from the use of this walking guide. Jim Buchanan, Bridge Cottage, Poolewe, Ross-shire, IV22 2JU. email jim@wildwesttopos.comCopyright ©Jim Buchanan 2010