Achnasheen TorridonI
nverianvie River Waterfalls and gorgeInverness
There are two walks described here.The first one is a short walk up the path beside the Inverianvie River to the waterfalls and back down the same route again. Allow 3hrsGruinardBayThe second is a circular walk which continues from the waterfalls to the meet the track beside the Gruinard River and then back along the road to the car park. Allow 4hrs 30minThe gorgeCar park..Hut circle above path.....Old turf & stone dykeon 10 con na13 GateCar park 1InchinaThe shielingGate beside bridgeCarn na Caillich12 Path joins trackbeside river
Park at the Gruinard beach car park 1 on the main road. a short scramble over rocks on a narrow path by the side of Walk along the road, and turn left through the gate 2. just the gorge. Follow the left fork in the path at a small cairn, before the bridge. Cross the field and pick up the path which leads further up the side of the gorge (the right branch beside the river. This first section of path can be boggy at continues down to the river). Beyond the gorge, the glen times from sheep or cattle. The path follows the bank of the opens out to a lovely flat area where the river slowly Inverianvie River virtually all the way. A hut circle 3 can be meanders. After a few minutes you will come to a shieling 7 seen on the platform just above the path. This is all that and a fertile field with remains of old stone buildings. This remains of an iron age roundhouse, indicating the position of site was used as summer pasture for cattle. Just beyond an ancient settlement. After a few minutes you will cross two this, the path follows the river and passes another series of old turf & stone dykes 4. Continue along the path withwaterfalls 8. You can leave the path here to walk over to various rock outcrops of Gneiss on your left. As youthese waterfalls. approach the waterfall 5, the path climbs up to the left and Return by the same route to the car park. enters the gorge 6, scoured out by meltwash from ancient glaciers. Care should be taken on this section, as it involvesmetresfeet 1200 1000 - 800Up to waterfalls on Inverianvie RiverContinuing over to join Gruinard River track and back along road to carparkInverianvie River Returning by the Gruinard River • distance 5.3 miles/8.5 kilometres (round trip). height gained 600ft/180m. time allow 4's hours (round trip). under foot A fairly good path with some boggy parts (which can usually be avoided with slight detours). The section along the Gruinard River is a good track.

This round trip follows a small and at times indistinct path to meet the good track along the Gruinard River. Keep a constant look out for small cairns marking this section of the path. After walking along the path beside the Inverianvie River it continues ahead as a narrow but obvious path which curves left all the way round a small hill 9. You now enter a tiny valley 10. Do not go all the way to the loch ahead, but branch off right up the slope. The cairns take you towardsanother small loch with islands on it 11. Continue to follow the small cairns past this loch until the Gruinard River comes into view. The path eventually dips down left to meet the track beside the river 12. Follow this good track alongside the river to the main road. Just before the road there is a large gate across the track 13 (with a small gate to the side). Turn left at the main road and walk along the verge, back to the car parkLooking across the Gruinard River to An TeallachThe Gruinard River beside the bridge atthe main roadPlease 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