Hidden Corrie

SullapoolAultbeaDundonnell . PooleweWild WestWanders Hidden CorrieGairlochKinlocheweGarveAchnasheenTorridonCoire Mhic FhearchairLochcarron20miles/32kmInvernessThis walk is on a good path through a wild highland glen, then out into open moorland before plunging into a stunning, wild and remote corrie surrounding a dark loch. You could be forgiven for thinking that you have been transported back to the ice age. Towering cliffs and shattered rock walls encircle the shores of the silent loch of MacFarquhar's Corrie.Rough path around lochThe Triple Buttress
Path junction with cairnA Stuc a re Dhuibh,BhigSUJEAmyCarn AnthonFuar-mheallan

Park at the main car park 1 just off the A896 road, beside the hugs the flank of Sail Mhór (saal vore) the big heel, the small bridge. During the height of summer this can be full by western peak of Beinn Eighe

Beinn DeargKinlocheweBeinn Eiche.Liathach1 Inverianvie River 2 Loch Kernsary 3 Old Tollie Road 4 Fairy Lochs5 Night Loch Coire Mhic Fhearchair from Glen Torridon 6 Hidden Corriedistance 8 miles/13 kilometres (there and back). height gained 1,700ft/500m. time allow 5 to 6 hours, there and back (3hrs into the corrie). under foot A generally good path with virtually no boggy parts. parking At the main car park on the A896 road between Kinlochewe and Torridon. Grid ref 958568, OS Landranger sheet 25 Glen Carron.

Good views open out to many mid-morning.hills and lochs to the north (see photo below). As you finally Walk along the main road a few metres and find the path turn into the corrie the path steapens alongside the waterfalls branching off left, just before the bridge. For the first 45min 4 towards the lip of the corrie, then suddenly you are the path climbs steadily up, then round, into Coire Dubh Mòr rewarded by the stunning view into Corrie Mhic Fearchair (kory doo more) the big dark corrie. The path climbs below (kory vic erecher) MacFarquhar's Corrie. This wild and the ridge of Beinn Eighe (bane aey) the file mountain on the desolate corrie, with its dark loch and magnificent cliffs is a rght, and comes very close to the eastern shoulder of truly wonderful place, with the impressive Triple Buttress Liathach (lee'egoch) the hoary place on the left. The next forming part of the back wall of the corrie. fairly level section continues over stepping stones 2 at a You can walk right around the loch on a rough path 5, taking stream and heads towards Beinn Dearg (bane jerak) the red care through the boulder fields below Sàil Mhór. hill. Take the right hand fork at the juntion of the path 3, Look out for the remains of a WW2 aircraft that crashed on which is marked by a stone cairn. The other path continues the summit and left sections of wreckage at the foot of the through Coire Mhic Nòbuil (kory vic noble) MacNoble's rock screes which fan out of the gullies. Corrie, right round the back of Liathach and comes out at the Return to the car park by the same route. road a few miles beyond Torridon village. This is a good place to view the impressive northern walls and corries of Liathach. From the junction the path rises gradually as it

Beinn DeargBeinn an EdinBeinn a' ChearcaillBaosbheinnLoch MareeMost of this area is composed of three distinct geological layers with sharp boundaries between them. The lowest layer of Lewisian Gneiss is usually distinguished by a dark grey rock type. The next layer above is composed of Torridonian Sandstone and is usually dark red or brown in colour. The final top layer is composed of Cambrian Quartzite and can be identified by a light grey colouration which shimmers in wet conditions. The Triple Buttress shows the top two layers very well with a clear horizontal divideOn the 13th March 1951 a Lancaster bomber crashed on the summit of Beinn Eighe killing all 9 crew on board. It had been converted for use in reconnaissance duty and was on a navigational exercise from RAF Kinloss to Rockall and the Faroes area. Although the aircraft hit the summit, much of the wreckage is now down in a qully of the corrie, with a section just above the loch.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