Geo-Trips :: The Loan Road and Loch Dallas

Loch Dallas

A walk from Craigroy, Mon, 3 Aug 2020 by Anne Burgess

We decided to do this walk using a description in Richard Gordon's book 'The Complete Moray Rambler', published in 1992. The distance was shown as 14 miles, using mainly an old drove road and forestry roads. We found that the written description is very out of date. Much of it was described as passing though forest, but in fact most of the forests have been felled, so it was much more open, and offered much better views than it would have done as described, which was a very welcome improvement. However the tracks in the first part have deteriorated significantly, and we found ourselves plowtering through, or hopping across brash and tree stumps trying to avoid, long stretches of bog, which was not only unpleasant and difficult going, but slowed us down significantly. I wouldn't set out to follow this route again.

PS don't confuse this Loch Dallas with the other one of the same name near Grantown-on-Spey.

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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NJ1250 : Burn of Auchness by Anne Burgess
Burn of Auchness
Looking downstream from the road bridge near Craigroy.

NJ1149 : Culvert in the Burn of Auchness by Anne Burgess
Culvert in the Burn of Auchness
The culvert gives access to the field on the right.

NJ1149 : Field Dyke by Anne Burgess
Field Dyke
The old dyke separates fields that are now unfenced where they run alongside the... more

NJ1149 : Approaching Auchness by Anne Burgess
Approaching Auchness
The house at Auchness is at the end of the public road.

NJ1149 : Steading at Auchness by Anne Burgess
Steading at Auchness
It looks as if the steading, although unused, is still complete, including the... more

NJ1148 : Not the Eas of Auchness by Anne Burgess
Not the Eas of Auchness
Eas is Gaelic for waterfall, and there is a waterfall marked on the map here. This... more

NJ1149 : Cottage at Auchness by Anne Burgess
Cottage at Auchness
Looking across the glen of the Burn of Auchness from the old road.

NJ1149 : Auchness by Anne Burgess
Auchness
The buildings at Auchness, viewed from the old road.

NJ1148 : Old Road by Anne Burgess
Old Road
This is part of a road linking Dallas and Dunphail. It is shown on 19th century... more

NJ1048 : Knock na Snaird by Anne Burgess
Knock na Snaird
Knock is from Gaelic cnoc, meaning a small hill, but the maps don't actually show... more

NJ1048 : Moorland Building by Anne Burgess
Moorland Building
This looks like a hide, but I don't know the purpose of the framework outside it.

NJ1048 : Nameless Lochan by Anne Burgess
Nameless Lochan
This lochan isn't shown on the maps, but it is in the satellite view. In the... more

NJ1048 : The View from the Old Road by Anne Burgess
The View from the Old Road
Looking up the Burn of Auchness from the old road between Dallas and Dunphail.... more

NJ1048 : Road from Dallas to Dunphail by Anne Burgess
Road from Dallas to Dunphail
The old road is now only a grassy track, but it is very pleasant walking.

NJ1048 : Drove Road near Park by Anne Burgess
Drove Road near Park
The grassy track approaches Binne More, passing the few fragments of masonry that... more

NJ1048 : Looking back towards Park by Anne Burgess
Looking back towards Park
Park is nothing more now than a few boulders among the whins on the left of the... more

NJ1048 : Old Road to Dunphail by Anne Burgess
Old Road to Dunphail
The drove road is still easy to follow at this point, and is carpeted with wild flowers.

NJ1048 : Approaching Redcraig by Anne Burgess
Approaching Redcraig
The croft of Redcraig was on the far back of the burn of Auchness, but has been... more

NJ1048 : Ford on the Lone Burn by Anne Burgess
Ford on the Lone Burn
The Lone Burn is a headwater of the Burn of Auchness. This was the first obstacle... more

NJ0948 : Felled Forest by Anne Burgess
Felled Forest
We saw a lot of felled forest on this walk. This is a definite bonus because we... more

NJ0948 : Deteriorated Track by Anne Burgess
Deteriorated Track
This is part of the second obstacle on our route. Until this point, some 500... more

NJ0948 : Old Fence by Anne Burgess
Old Fence
The fence leads arrow-straight up the hill to the north end of Loch Dallas. I drew... more

NJ0848 : Old Drove Road by Anne Burgess
Old Drove Road
While plowtering through the bog between the ford and the fence we had agreed an... more

NJ0848 : Clear Felled Forest by Anne Burgess
Clear Felled Forest
This block of plantation has been harvested, leaving only stumps and brash.

NJ0848 : Forest Edge by Anne Burgess
Forest Edge
The old road passes very close to this stand of Lodgepole Pine.

NJ0848 : Old Road from Dallas by Anne Burgess
Old Road from Dallas
Looking towards Dallas on the old road that links it to Dunphail.

NJ0748 : Abandoned Logs by Anne Burgess
Abandoned Logs
There were quite a few logs lying beside the track, some in a pile and others just... more

NJ0748 : Old Drove Road by Anne Burgess
Old Drove Road
Believe it or not, this is the same section of road as [[[580704]]]. The trees... more

NJ0748 : Reprieved Trees by Anne Burgess
Reprieved Trees
For some reason these few trees have been spared the forester's saw.

NJ0748 : Souter's Stripe by Anne Burgess
Souter's Stripe
A stripe is a small burn, and a souter is a shoemaker. I have no idea why this... more

NJ0748 : A Messy Scene by Anne Burgess
A Messy Scene
Swathes of brash aren't photogenic at the best of times, but this chaotic scene is... more

NJ0648 : A Fork in the Road by Anne Burgess
A Fork in the Road
Our walk description tells us to take the right fork downhill here, almost... more

NJ0648 : A Hollow by the Track by Anne Burgess
A Hollow by the Track
The hollow looks as if it might once have been a quarry. Above it are the gaunt... more

NJ0647 : Waterlogged Track by Anne Burgess
Waterlogged Track
Our apprehension about the likely state of this track proved to be entirely... more

NJ0647 : Looking towards Rochuln by Anne Burgess
Looking towards Rochuln
Rochuln is the isolated house, now visible again since the intervening trees have... more

NJ0747 : Stripe of Grevach by Anne Burgess
Stripe of Grevach
Having just emerged from the boggy remains of the track, we were slightly dismayed... more

NJ0747 : Woods near Rochuln by Anne Burgess
Woods near Rochuln
While most of the plantations in the vicinity have been felled, this small wood... more

NJ0747 : Burnt Avenue by Anne Burgess
Burnt Avenue
The trees beside the track here have all been killed by fire, leaving a row of... more

NJ0747 : Walking the Burnt Avenue by Anne Burgess
Walking the Burnt Avenue
My companion (armed, as I was, with a stout stick picked up to assist us get past... more

NJ0747 : Pine Trees by Anne Burgess
Pine Trees
These few young trees seem to have escaped the fire that killed their neighbours.... more

NJ0847 : Track to Rochuln by Anne Burgess
Track to Rochuln
Looking back towards Rochuln from the track beside the Stripe of Grevach.

NJ0847 : Towards Loch Dallas by Anne Burgess
Towards Loch Dallas
This is the way used by anglers to get to Loch Dallas, but it has obviously not... more

NJ0847 : Grey Stones of Grevach by Anne Burgess
Grey Stones of Grevach
The mid-19th century Ordnance Survey Name Books mention the Grey Stones of Grevach... more

NJ0847 : Approaching Loch Dallas by Anne Burgess
Approaching Loch Dallas
The track follows the edge of a plantation, curving gently left to the gate at the... more

NJ0847 : Looking towards Loch Dallas by Anne Burgess
Looking towards Loch Dallas
The first glimpse of Loch Dallas as you follow the access track round the edge of... more

NJ0947 : Loch Dallas by Anne Burgess
Loch Dallas
I'm standing on one of the supports of [[[584461]]], which has completely vanished... more

NJ0847 : Looking towards Loch Dallas by Anne Burgess
Looking towards Loch Dallas
The loch is too low-lying to photograph well from this side. This is the northern... more

NJ0847 : Pine Species by Anne Burgess
Pine Species
The smaller tree is a Scots Pine, with grey-green needles, and the larger one,... more

NJ0846 : Moorland near Loch Dallas by Anne Burgess
Moorland near Loch Dallas
With the sun behind a cloud, this bit of moorland looks pretty dull and dreary.

NJ0846 : Track near Loch Dallas by Anne Burgess
Track near Loch Dallas
Looking back towards Loch Dallas from the track that goes on to Loch Noir and Loch Trevie.

NJ0946 : Forest Gate and Stile by Anne Burgess
Forest Gate and Stile
The gate and stile lead from the moorland track on to the forest road, and from... more

NJ0946 : Stripe of Grevach by Anne Burgess
Stripe of Grevach
Looking downstream. The outflow from Loch Dallas, which is also visible in the... more

NJ0946 : Felled Forest by Anne Burgess
Felled Forest
Another swathe of felled forest affords a glimpse of Loch Dallas.

NJ0946 : Fire Tower by Anne Burgess
Fire Tower
At least I am assuming it's a fire tower, though I've always thought it a bit odd... more

NJ0946 : Stripe of Carnachie by Anne Burgess
Stripe of Carnachie
The gap in the plantation is where the Stripe of Carnachie flows to meet the Burn... more

NJ0946 : Felled Plantation by Anne Burgess
Felled Plantation
Looking back to the forest road we had just come along, which divides the felled... more

NJ0947 : Looking towards Loch Dallas by Anne Burgess
Looking towards Loch Dallas
There's a gap in the trees by the road allowing a view to Loch Dallas, for the... more

NJ0947 : Track to Grassy Loch and Fir Loch by Anne Burgess
Track to Grassy Loch and Fir Loch
We really should have gone to see the two small lochs up this track, but we were... more

NJ1046 : Carnachie by Anne Burgess
Carnachie
Strictly speaking, Carnachie is behind me, because that is the name of the hill... more

NJ1047 : Fence on Carnachie by Anne Burgess
Fence on Carnachie
Almost all of this gridsquare is forested, and as far as I am aware none of it has... more

NJ1046 : Gully on Carnachie by Anne Burgess
Gully on Carnachie
The burn in the gully drains into the Stripe of Carnachie.

NJ1046 : Forest Quarry by Anne Burgess
Forest Quarry
Obviously used to upgrade the forest road to extract timber from around Loch Dallas.

NJ1046 : Young Plantation by Anne Burgess
Young Plantation
I'm not sure whether this area has actually been re-planted, or whether it has... more

NJ1146 : Forest Pool by Anne Burgess
Forest Pool
There are plenty of pools alongside forest roads, but it's a change to see one... more

NJ1146 : Pool beside the Road by Anne Burgess
Pool beside the Road
I'm glad not to be trying to walk across this ground without the good firm forest... more

NJ1147 : Moss of Bednawinny by Anne Burgess
Moss of Bednawinny
Only a 'panoramic' view can do justice to the sheer scale of the clear felling... more

NJ1147 : Logs by Anne Burgess
Logs
Have the logs been left to provide a road of sorts to the end of this block of forestt?

NJ1147 : Forest Contraptions by Anne Burgess
Forest Contraptions
I wonder if these are possibly moveable fuel tanks for forest machinery?

NJ1147 : Forest Equipment by Anne Burgess
Forest Equipment
We wondered whether these were tracks off a forest machine, or a sort of temporary... more

NJ1146 : Forest Amenity by Anne Burgess
Forest Amenity
We were a little surprised to come across this facility in the middle of nowhere.

NJ1246 : River Lossie by Anne Burgess
River Lossie
Looking upstream from the bridge where the forest road crosses the river.

NJ1246 : River Lossie by Anne Burgess
River Lossie
Looking downstream from the bridge where the forest road crosses the river.

NJ1246 : Pine Weevil (Hylobius abietis) by Anne Burgess
Pine Weevil (Hylobius abietis)
If I had known what this was when I photographed it, should I have killed it on... more

NJ1247 : Glen Lossie by Anne Burgess
Glen Lossie
The River Lossie is somewhere amongst the greenery on the far side of the glen here.

NJ1247 : Bog Mussach by Anne Burgess
Bog Mussach
A 'panoramic' view to capture the sheer scale of the forest clearance in Glen... more

NJ1347 : Redundant Bridge by Anne Burgess
Redundant Bridge
This bridge has been bypassed when the forest road was rebuilt, and the unnamed... more

NJ1347 : Bogmussach by Anne Burgess
Bogmussach
Clear felling has opened up the area alongside the forest road. Fortunately the... more

NJ1347 : Droopy Fungus by Anne Burgess
Droopy Fungus
We couldn't quite work out why this fungus should have developed such a curve in... more

NJ1347 : Forest Track by Anne Burgess
Forest Track
After the harsh new road and chaos of clear felled plantations, this quiet track... more

NJ1347 : Fallen Tree by Anne Burgess
Fallen Tree
A fallen tree has been left to grow moss and provide for small wildlife.

NJ1348 : Torwinny by Anne Burgess
Torwinny
The ruins of the croft house at Torwinny, one of many such ruins in this area.

NJ1348 : Track to Torwinny by Anne Burgess
Track to Torwinny
The last bit of track as it climbs out of Glen Lossie to reach Torwinny.

NJ1348 : Track in Glen Lossie by Anne Burgess
Track in Glen Lossie
The track descends here towards a bridge over the River Lossie.

NJ1348 : River Lossie by Anne Burgess
River Lossie
Although we have been following the river down into the glen, we have seen nothing... more

NJ1348 : Hazel Nuts (Corylus avellana) by Anne Burgess
Hazel Nuts (Corylus avellana)
There is a good crop of Hazel nuts developing on the trees on the banks of the... more

NJ1348 : River Lossie by Anne Burgess
River Lossie
Looking downstream from the bridge at Ballachraggan.

NJ1348 : River Lossie by Anne Burgess
River Lossie
Looking upstream from the bridge at Ballachraggan.

NJ1349 : Ballachraggan by Anne Burgess
Ballachraggan
The farm of Ballachraggan is at the end of what is shown on the map as the public... more

NJ1249 : Field near Ballachraggan by Anne Burgess
Field near Ballachraggan
A fallen tree has opened up a view of the field, and beyond it to Tomcork.

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