Morvich to Maol-bhuidhe

This is a beautiful stage of the Cape Wrath Trail, with generally good conditions underfoot and few real navigational challenges. From Morvich the route follows a popular path to the dramatic Falls of Glomach before an airy, very steep and scrambly descent, before heading up Glen Elchaig and a hill crossing to end at the exceptionally remote Maol-bhuidhe bothy. There is no road access and it is assumed walkers will stay in the bothy or wild-camp.


Clear, firm footpaths in the main, but occasional rough, boggy footpaths and pathless terrain. Descent by the Falls of Glomach is on a precarious, exposed path with minor scrambling. There are burn and river crossings which may become impassable in spate.

Public Transport

Bus to Morvich; no road access to end of stage.


Morvich. Open start point in Google Maps for directions.

Hillwalking in Winter

Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. All route descriptions and difficulties given here are for summer conditions. See our Winter Skills page for basic information on the essential skills, techniques and knowledge needed for winter hillwalking.

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