Old Tollie Road

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Old Tollie Road

Tollaidh Bay viewpoint to Slattadale
Nearby Places Lillapool, Aultbeam,
Credit Wild WestWanders
Dundonnell
Poolewe
Gairloch
Garve
Kinlochewe
Achnasheen
Torridon
Beinn Airigh
Charr
Gairloch
Loch Gairloch


Car parking on the bend. Cross the road and look out for the sign, indicating the route to Slattadale. Take care crossing the road at this awkward bend.

This walk takes you along an old route between the village of Poolwew and settlements on the south shore of the Loch Maree. It can of course be followed in any direction, although heading south to Slattardale from Poolewe is probably the most rewarding direction. Most people tend to park at one end and walk just as far as they want, then return by the same route to their car. If you intend to do the whple walk then transport will have to be organise at the other end.

The car parks are situated on a bend of the main road. With a magnificent view down the whole length of Loch Maree to Kinlochewe. the path to Stattadale starts just across the road and is sign posted. Take care crossing the road at the awkward bend. After a short distance the path crosses the burn on a footbridge and passes through a swing gate The Creag Mhór Thollaidh (krake vore hoe'ly) the big crag of loch-side car park 10 has a picnic area and public toilet. Tollaidh, and crosses a burn on a small footbridge 4. As you ascend, don't forget to look back and take in the views over Poolewe and Loch Ewe. Creag 'a Mhic-Talla (krake a vic-ta'la) the crag of the echo 5 is a beautiful spot with dark crags of Lewisian Gneiss overlooking a reedy lochan. From here the path now climbs more gradually to the highest point of the walk 6, 800ft/250m above sea level. At this point, the magnificent view of Loch Maree, its islands, and the surrounding mountains, opens out in front of you. Stretching along the far shore is the mass of Beinn Airigh Charr (bane ary'kar) the mountain of the shieling, in the middle is the fortress-like tower of Slioch (sleeloch) the spear and on the right are the Torridon peaks.

Distance 5 miles/8 kilometres (in one direction). • height gained 600ft/180m. • time allow 3 to 4 hours in one direction). • under foot A generally good path with only a few boggy parts (which canusually be avoided with slight detours). parking At viewpoint car park overlooking Loch Maree. This is on a bend of the A832 as the road descends to Poolewe from the Loch Tollaidh plateau. Grid 859790 OS Landranger sheet 19 Gairloch & Ullapool.
Highest point of path (800ft/250m)
Much of the area around the walk is planted with native species of trees.
If burn is too high to ford, there is a small footbridge, 100m upstream
Loch Maree has numerous heavily wooded islands of various sizes. Most are covered with ancient Scots pine and provide one of the last strongholds of the beautiful but shy Black-throated Diver. Maree is a derivation of Maelrubha (maroo'ah), a 7th century monk who, along with Columba, brought Christianity from Ireland to this pagan Celtic area. He established a base on the tiny island nearest the north shore, which was later named Isle Maree (after him). The island has long been a mystical site with its fabled Viking graves and Wishing Tree.North of Loch Maree are the Letterewe and Fisherfield Forests (almost treeless!) with several remote Munros. The wooded North shore of Loch Maree was once far more heavily wooded than now, mostly oak and Scots pine. In the early 17th century it was ruthlessly felled and converted to charcoal, to fuel the iron smelting furnaces situated along the edge of the loch. Letterewe, once a settlement, is now the main house of one of the largest estates in the area, which extends into the wilderness beyond.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.com
Copyright © Jim Buchanan 2012