Victoria Falls, Tollie to Slattadale and Poca Buidhe

  • Height: negligible
  • Distance: negligible
  • Difficulty: Easy.
  • Total Time: 20 minutes.
  • Navigation: The paths are signposted and well-maintained.

A lovely walk through conifers to excellent waterfalls in the Slattadale Forest. The ground can be muddy, so stout boots are essential.

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These waterfalls are named after Queen Victoria, who visited them in 1877. Drive on the A832 towards Gairloch, turning off at Slattadale where there is a car park and picnic area. This is a delightful place for a picnic, looking down Loch Maree with Slioch in the distance. From here you can walk along the shores of Loch Maree northward to Tollie (see below for details). To visit the Victoria Falls, walk up from Slattadale to the main road, crossing with care - this is now a busy two-lane road - and walk over to the forest directly opposite. The Falls are well-signposted, the path leading through a delightful forest of conifers to the river and waterfall. The river can be crossed using the stepping stones.

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Map of the walk to the Victoria Falls
and the walk from Slattadale to Tollie.

Tollie to Slattadale

  • Height: 520 ft
  • Distance: 5 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate.
  • Total Time: Allow about 2 hours.
  • Navigation: The paths are clear.

This is a walk through the splendid scenery surrounding Loch Maree, often referred to as Scotland's most beautiful loch. The path along the north-west shoreline of the loch can be wet and boggy, so stout boots are essential. Although this walk can be done in either direction, walking from Tollie to Slattadale is easier and offers the best views. If walking from Slattadale to Tollie, the height climbed is 700 feet.

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View from Tollie looking
down Loch Maree.

Drive 1 mile south from Poolewe on the B832 until you reach Tollie, where you can park your car. Walk along the road towards the signpost for the path to Slattadale, stopping to take in the stunning views down Loch Maree. Follow the path over open moorland as it rises high above the loch, giving you excellent views out to sea as well as down Loch Maree.

The path now drops down towards the loch, crossing boggy ground and leading through conifer forests to Slattadale. Slattadale is an perfect place for a picnic, having a separate picnic area on the shore. From here you can relax and take in the excellent views of Slioch and Loch Maree with its pine-covered islands.

Poca Buidhe

  • Height: 900 ft
  • Distance: 12 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Hard.
  • Total Time: Allow about 3 - 4 hours. The terrain is rough and this is a tiring walk.
  • Navigation: The path is a stalkers' path, so it is clear and well-walked, though rough.

A long walk on rough stalkers' paths deep into the heart of the Flowerdale Forest. From the path you get excellent views of Baosbheinn, the mountain which dominates Gairloch. The stream just north of Loch na h-Oidhche can be difficult to cross when in spate, so take a spare pair of socks and wear stout, waterproof walking boots! The path, while clear, is rocky and extremely rough.

Drive on the greatly improved A832 until you are about 6 miles south of Gairloch. On the single-track stretch of road there is a loch, Loch Bad an Sgalaig, on one side of the road and a small building on the other (NG856721). The start of the walk is quite clear, with a small bridge and path leaving the side of the road. There are usually quite a few cars parked here as this is a popular walk for walkers and fishermen.

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The stalkers' path is very rough and rocky, and care should be taken not to stumble or trip. The path can also be extremely wet. The path rises and falls as it follows the river, the Abhainn a'Gharbh Choire, then dips down to a river which crosses the path. This is the river which can cause so many problems on this walk - if the river is in spate, it is almost impossible to cross without getting wet. Cross the river and continue along the path, which runs along the east shore of Loch na h-Oidhche to the bothy at Poca Buidhe. From here there are excellent views of the Torridonian mountains, as well as Baosbheinn.

Map Required for all walks:

  • OS Landranger 19: Gairloch and Ullapool Area.

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