Corrieshalloch Gorge and Falls of Measach (near Ullapool)
by HighlandSC » Sun Nov 20, 2011 5:34 pm
Route description: Corrieshalloch Gorge
Date walked: 09/10/2011
Time taken: 0.5 hours
Distance: 1.1 km
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Title - Corrieshalloch Gorge and Falls of Measach
Route - Short walk to bridge over gorge and viewing platform
People - Me / Michelle
Time - 30 mins
Distance - 1.1km
A quick leg stretcher after walking on Stac Pollaidh and having an oversized lunch in Ullapool. Often find it handy having OS walking maps on my phone and using a paper OS 1:250k road map in the car - easy to find nearby viewpoints, forests, walks, etc as was the case with this unplanned little gem.
Managed to avoid the lure of the burger/ice cream van in the car park and took the short walk down to the bridge for a look at the gorge and waterfall. From there it's another very short wander down the other side of the gorge to the viewing platform. The gorge is stunning and gaping over the side of the bridge is a little vertigo inducing. The waterfall is quite impressive. According to the signs, the gorge was not formed by todays river but probably cut by a glacier way back from 2.6 million to 11,500 years ago.
The bridge over the gorge was built in 1874 by John Fowler, one of the designers of the Forth Rail Bridge. I think it was given a big renovation a couple of years ago, but is again due to close at the end of 2011 for further work. The viewing platform over the gorge further along looks brand new.
Corrieshalloch Gorge from bridge
Corrieshalloch Gorge from viewing platform
From viewing platform
Bridge can be seen above
Well worth stopping for a look if you're in the area. After the walk we drove 1km up the road to the view point looking over Strath More to Loch Broom
by helenw » Sun Nov 20, 2011 8:24 pm
by icemandan » Sun Nov 20, 2011 8:44 pm
by tamw51 » Mon Nov 21, 2011 3:21 pm
by BlackPanther » Mon Nov 21, 2011 3:24 pm
by foggieclimber » Mon Nov 21, 2011 5:33 pm
Thanks for sharing some great photos of it. Will now be stopping the next time I pass by.
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by spiderwebb » Mon Nov 21, 2011 7:15 pm
Just a short distance downstream the water drops over the first drop but didn't manage to find a route down to view from below, but from the top it certainly looked like it was a good way down. May have to return with a rope as there was a gully leading down that looked feasible (probably without rope but best be safe), with a few trees for support, but unsure if the drop can be viewed until I try it.
Further down along the top your confronted by a fence presumably as your near the big drop !!
Sometimes worth exploring away from the tourist bit to find other splendours, if I get back there I'll report back.
by Mountainlove » Mon Nov 21, 2011 10:28 pm
by kinley » Mon Nov 21, 2011 10:54 pm
Tis a great place.
by KeithS » Mon Nov 21, 2011 11:16 pm
I've been dozens of times and it never loses its exciting appeal.
I love taking friends there when they are visiting the area but I don't tell them what to expect before we get there. It's worth it to see there faces when they get onto the bridge - and yes, it is fun to bounce up and down on the bridge.
I even got my parents there earlier this year, and they are nearly 80 and 90. I didn't bounce them though!
It is possible to extend the walk a bit into a round walk by going a bit further down from the bridge on the opposite side to the viewing platform, and then back round to the car park.
You can't get to the bridge from the Ullapool Road any more. That route was closed as people had to walk across the busy road from the car park and they kept getting run over (well, normally only once each)
The new viewing platform isn't quite as scary as the old wooden one, but it is good because it goes a bit further out over the drop.
Great place, well worth a ten minute journey break.
by anasta » Tue Nov 22, 2011 1:13 am
Glad to see the new viewing platform looks so sturdy! I visited when it was the old wooden thing, and my brain was seriously doubting its safety as I forced myself out to the edge of it