Slaggan Village and Bay and Flowerdale Forest and Waterfall

  • Height: negligible
  • Distance: 6 miles
  • Difficulty: Easy.
  • Total Time: Allow about 2 hours.
  • Navigation: The paths are clear.
  • Starting Point: Small car park off the road to Mellon Udrigle.

An easy walk to a ruined village and sandy bay. The beach is a perfect place for a picnic on a sunny day, but the bay has dangerous currents, so don’t be tempted to go for a swim.

Drive on the A832 to Laide, then take the road for Mellon Udrigle. After about 2 miles, turn left (after the turning to Achgarve) and park the car near the start of the path to Slaggan.

The path was originally a good metalled road, but is now in poor condition. The path climbs gently, then follows a river to a lochan, before descending to open moorland. Here the land is dotted with reed-filled lochans and covered with heather.

The path leads past Loch an t-Slagain and on to the deserted village of Slaggan, where little remains apart from the walls of the houses and sheep pens.

Slaggan Beach

Walking on from the village of Slaggan, you reach the narrow path leading down to Slaggan bay and the sandy beach. Pause here for a rest before returning by the outward route, or take the path leading from the northern end of the beach and continue the walk along the cliff tops towards Greenstone Point.

Map of walk to the ruined village of Slaggan.

Map Required:

  • OS Landranger 19: Gairloch & Ullapool Area

Flowerdale Forest and Waterfall

  • Height: negligible
  • Distance: 2.5 miles
  • Difficulty: Easy.
  • Total Time: Allow about 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Navigation: The paths are clear and well walked, though muddy and rough near the waterfall.
  • Starting Point: Charlestown, the harbour area to the south of Gairloch.
  • Public Transport: Public transport to Gairloch, then a short walk from the Charlestown area.

A gentle walk on good paths to Flowerdale House, then through conifer forests to a waterfall. Rhodedenrons add a lovely splash of colour in the spring and summer. While the main path is good, the paths beyond Flowerdale House are unmetalled and can become muddy, so stout shoes are essential in wet weather.

Drive to Charlestown, the harbour area to the south of Gairloch. Park in the car park across the road from the harbour, and follow the path towards Flowerdale House. Maps and guide booklets are available at the start of the walk.

Flowerdale House (left) , Flowerdale Waterfall (right)

The path passes the front of Flowerdale House and continues on through forests and farmland, before winding its way up through foresty land towards Flowerdale waterfall.

The walk can be extended by climbing up the path on the left-hand side of the waterfall, which leads out onto rocky moorland and returns to the road just north of the car park.

Map of walk to Flowerdale House and Waterfall.

Map Required:

  • OS Landranger 19: Gairloch & Ullapool Area

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