Geo-Trips :: A potter around Strathvaich

Strathvaich, Highland

A walk from Black Bridge, Sat, 8 Oct 2016 by Julian Paren

The Scottish mountains look good in October, although they get better when the snow comes. I was able to take advantage of a sunny October day to explore the environs of Strathvaich, a glen that lies almost unnoticed off the main Inverness to Ullapool road. The entry to Strathvaich is at the aptly named Black Bridge since the river beneath it is called the Black Water and is derived in part by the overflow of the Loch Glascarnoch reservoir. A word of warning. The Strathvaich estate has formidable deer fences protecting each side of the glen, and it pays not to enter a gated area unless you know there is another way out! There was no way I could scale a deer fence with my hyperactive collie dog. The estate use horses for managing the cattle.

My ramble took me each side of the main Ullapool Road and provided access to hillsides not before visited by contributors to the Geograh project. The walk provided views up Strathvaich and Strathrannoch and south over the Corriemoillie Forest. The route was 7.6 miles and took under five hours, much time being lost trying to escape from deer protected enclosures.

On the map below, the grey line is the GPS track from this trip. Click the blue circles to see a photograph taken from that spot and read further information about the location. The blue lines indicate the direction of view. There is also a slideshow of this trip. ( )

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NH3771 : South-west from the flank of Creag Rais by Julian Paren
South-west from the flank of Creag Rais
The view over Strath Vaich towards the Ullapool Road and the Corriemoillie Wind Farm.

NH3772 : Sheep tracks below Creag Bhreac Bheag by Julian Paren
Sheep tracks below Creag Bhreac Bheag
The tracks made for easy walking below the ridge.

NH3773 : On the summit ridge of Creag Bhreac Bheag by Julian Paren
On the summit ridge of Creag Bhreac Bheag
The fence line marked on the map is now simply the line of isolated metal posts.... more

NH3773 : View towards Strathrannoch from Creag Bhreac Bheag by Julian Paren
View towards Strathrannoch from Creag Bhreac Bheag
Strathrannoch stands out as an area of green - grass and trees - in an otherwise... more

NH3673 : Deer fence along Strath Vaich by Julian Paren
Deer fence along Strath Vaich
A barrier that could be crossed at the gate - but a trap - as the only way I... more

NH3672 : Fields in Strath Vaich by Julian Paren
Fields in Strath Vaich
Excellent fields for sheep and Highland cattle, but lying within a deer-fenced... more

NH3672 : The Abhainn Srath a Bhathaich by Julian Paren
The Abhainn Srath a Bhathaich
The river that flows through Strath Vaich.

NH3671 : Private road up Strath Vaich by Julian Paren
Private road up Strath Vaich
The road is in excellent condition and is used by the Strath Vaich Estate and the... more

NH3770 : View up Strath Vaich from above Black Bridge by Julian Paren
View up Strath Vaich from above Black Bridge
A good viewpoint for the valley.

NH3770 : On Carn an t-Sneachda by Julian Paren
On Carn an t-Sneachda
A hillside dotted with boulders - large and small. Beinn Wyvis is the mountain on... more

NH3770 : Flank of Carn an t-Sneachda by Julian Paren
Flank of Carn an t-Sneachda
Below, the Ullapool road can be seen running beside the Glascarnoch River and... more

NH3769 : In the boulder field of Carn an t-Sneachda by Julian Paren
In the boulder field of Carn an t-Sneachda
Looking towards Beinn Wyvis.

NH3769 : Terrain of the Corriemoillie Forest by Julian Paren
Terrain of the Corriemoillie Forest

NH3770 : Black Water at Black Water Bridge by Julian Paren
Black Water at Black Water Bridge
The Ullapool road follows the river to Garve. Beinn Wyvis towers ahead.

NH3672 : The Abhainn Srath a' Bhathaich by Julian Paren
The Abhainn Srath a' Bhathaich
The river that runs through Strath Vaich.

NH3770 : On Carn an t-Sneachda by Julian Paren
On Carn an t-Sneachda
Rough moorland with plenty of boulders and Beinn Wyvis dominating the view eastwards.

NH3669 : Walled field at Kirkan by Julian Paren
Walled field at Kirkan
Kirkan is given the name to a walled area and a building on the OS 1:25,000... more

NH3672 : Moving Highland Cattle in Strath Vaich by Julian Paren
Moving Highland Cattle in Strath Vaich
Two men and horses were involved in persuading cattle to cross the river. Most of... more

NH3771 : The Black Water valley from Creag Rais by Julian Paren
The Black Water valley from Creag Rais
The A835 road is seen following the Glascarnoch River (or Black Water) as it heads... more

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