From the A87 main road to Kyle Of Lochalsh the smaller
old road leads off at Shiel Bridge and leads to the
small hamlet of Morvich. Morvich is a very small place
these days, since the main road now goes over a new
bridge closer to the loch. However it is home to the
excellent Kintail Mountain Rescue team, who cover a
large area of the north western Highlands including
the area of this trek. There is a small car parking
area in Morvich at the Kintail Countryside Centre, although
space is limited and the locals are too fond of people
parking anywhere they like so do make sure you try and
get there early as possible.
River Croe at Inchnacro
Bridge at Gob Na Roinne
From the Kintail Countryside Centre follow the track
road that follows the course of the River Croe towards
Inchnacro, then cross the wooden bridge over the River
Croe and take the path that continues forward, avoiding
the track to the right. The path is well sign posted
here as you are passing over properties before leading
out into the glen so do be careful not to disturb the
locals or there animals whilst crossing there land.
The path will pass Innis a Chrotha before eventually
becoming more faint and heading towards the glen.
Allt Mam an Tuirc
The path now leads through the fields that sweep off
of the side of Beinn Bhuidhe high up above the waters
of the Abhainn Chonaig as it runs through the floor
of the glen to your left down a steep drop. As you near
the end of the glen the Dorusduain Wood appear over
the valley to your left. At Gob Na Roinne a footpath
leads off from the main path towards the river often
signposted to the falls. Take this path and it will
lead through the trees to a steep and often rocky drop
towards the river before crossing the wooden footbridge.
The waters of the Allt Choinnechain meet the Abhainn
Chonaig at this point and the waters here are a real
treat. The path leads up after the footbridge and to
a track that is used for the forest plantations. On
your right hand side is a gate with a field behind it.
Follow the track through the field and out of the other
side, this track will then continue on for another mile
or so until it eventually starts to climb up with the
river and through the opening of the Dorusduain Wood.
Keep heading north along the track as it crosses a metal
bridge over the river and then degrades as it gets higher.
Allt an Leoid Ghaineamhaich
Red Deer on Ant-Sroin
You will eventually end up at a jaw dropping site as
the waters of Allt Mam an Tuirc and the Allt an Leoid
Ghaineamhaich fall through tall cascading waterfalls
into each other. At this point cross the small bridge
over one of the streams and follow the now not so clear
path that snakes its way up the lower slopes of An t-Sroin
ahead. The path will then turn off in a easterly direction
and climb through a beautiful and for some reason name
less glen. At the bottom of the steep sided glen is
a gorge through which the waters of the Allt an Leoid
Ghaineamhaich tear down from the huge mountains above.
The small waterfalls that drop into the streams at the
top of the glen are great and the wild deer that surround
you on the hillsides really add to the sense of remoteness.
Falls of Glomach
Falls of Glomach
After a long climb the path bends round to the left
towards the end of the glen and heads into the Bealach
na Sroine. Bealach is a gaelic term meaning a pass between
two mountains, similar to the world Col. Bealach na
Sroine is quite a desolate place at 1700 feet above
sea level it is the highest part of the trek. Care should
be taken when passing over the Bealach in the winter
as its sheltered location between the surrounding mountains
can make it a dangerous place in cold weather. Meall
Dubh on the right hand side of you now is a high mountain
at 2585 feet however to the South East is the huge munro
of A’Ghlas-bheinn at 3012. There are a number
of munros visible on the walk including the tops of
the five sisters of Kintail.
From Bealach na Sroine follow the path on its 600 foot
descent down to the top of the Falls Of Glomach. There
is a path leading down to the falls which in winter
can be treacherous so care should be taken when tackling
it to see the falls. Although the falls are a spectacular
image at 370 feet high, they aren't the easiest to picture
as they are so hidden deep in the gorge and the view
point is so close thus not allowing a wide angle for
a picture. The falls are spectacular after a good rainfall
and majestic when icy as the edges of the fall tend
to make unique ice sculptures that will fascinate you.
Meall Sguman above the falls
Strath Croe on descent
The return journey is the same as the in journey. The
initial ascent required back up to Bealach na Sroine
can be quite a task however this is the only ascent
of the journey as from here on you will now be descending
all the way back down to Morvich. The views are just
as impressive on the way back, especially at the end
of a day when the sun goes down over the mountains ahead
and shines through the glens.