- Dundonnell Latitude 57.838574 Longitude -5.212691
- Postcode IV23
This route takes you right through the heart of Letterewe and Fisherfield and through some grand mountain scenery.
This is probably Scotland's greatest wilderness. Although primarily on good paths and not crossing any mountain summits, it is a long route through a remote area and without any escape routes so it should not be undertaken unless you have the relevant skills.
The ability to navigate is particularly important as, although a description is given here, there are places where the path is not easy to follow, particularly in mist.
Just after the Dundonnell Hotel, there is a little car park. This is the the place to stop if you wish to walk up towards the hills of An Teallach.
An Teallach is a strong contender for the title of Britain's best mountain. As with Liathach, the mountain is composed of sandstone, and different weathering rates produces a ridge of pinnacles that mountaineers love.
An Teallach has two Munros, and is also situated near the coast which enhances the views on clear days.
This, however, also means that the mountain takes the full force of Atlantic storms. Despite the coastal location, the mountain rises to nearly 3500ft and, this far north, snow can fall at any time of the year.
It is worth stopping here just to see the tiny loch of 'Toll an Lochain', which is about 2000 feet above sea level and situated underneath the great cliffs of Sgurr Fiona.
A word of warning though! The inexperienced should be careful though as there have been fatalities on the mountain, particularly in descents.
Many climbers just visit Bidean a Ghlas Thuill (the summit) and Sgurr Fiona, and thus miss out the harder parts of the mountain.
The Dundonnell Mountain Rescue Team cover this area, and in an emergency, they can be called out through the police. Use the normal emergency numbers, 999 or 112, rather than calling the team directly though.
The road now enters Strath Beag and follows the Dundonnell River inland.
After passing Dundonnell House, the road starts to climb again. It first passes through a stretch of heavily wooded land, but after passing another waterfall, the road runs through the rocky Dundonnell Gorge. Still climbing, the scenery opens out on your left hand side, while remaining thickly wooded on your right. Passing waterfalls every mile or so, the road is of a surprisingly good quality on this section despite all the bends.
As the road crosses the 1110-foot Fain Summit, there are more great views of the surrounding hills. Drifting downhill towards Braemore, the scenery is the usual mix of moorland and scrubby woods. This spectacular mile-long gorge is 200 feet deep, and is one of the finest examples in Britain of a box canyon. The river which carved this channel through hard rock plunges 150 feet over the Falls of Measach.
There is suspension bridge, a little way downstream from the falls, was built by John Fowler (1817-98), who also designed the Forth Bridge.
Further downstream, a viewing platform provides an excellent viewpoint looking up towards the waterfall.
To the west, there are fine views across the Inner Sound towards the Trotternish Range in northern Skye, and one can see the hills and mountains in every other direction.
After running along the edge of Loch Tollie, there are some more small wooded portions of the road, as well as moorland.
As the road heads towards Poolewe, it runs alongside the River Ewe for the last mile before the village off Poolewe.
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