A place to visit in Ross and Cromarty The A835 is the main road, the reserve is about ten miles north of Poolewe, to the west Ullapool, the road is reasonably wide and the sight lines are mostly good but there are some tight bends around Elphin.
The reserve has 26,827 acres of wild remote and almost uninhabited land, on the north east coast, near the Sutherland boarder, it includes three summits of over 2,000 feet rising sharply from the Loch scattered moorland and the whole of Loch Sionascaig.
The convoluted Loch Sionascaig, and its neighbours to the north Loch Veyatie and Fionn Loch, provide some of the most spectacular wilderness canoeing in Scotland, through remote and uninhabited country.
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This is challenging terrain, involving portages and long paddling sessions, but the rewards include superb mountain scenery, camping on deserted islands, and unparalleled tranquillity, the Loch is also one of the best trout lochs in the Northwest Highlands, packed with small but feisty brownies and the occasional large ferox, permits and information on hiring boats can be obtained from the Inverpolly Estate Office.
There is a great diversity of habitats from Lochs, burns, bogs, moorlands,woodland, cliffs and summits, home to pine martens, wildcats, buzzards and golden eagles as well as the unique shape of Stac Pollaidh (sometimes written Stack Polly), one of the most photographed hills in the area. Here you can find one of the best low-level walks in the Northwest starts from the minor road along Loch Lurgainn, at a small wood 1.5 miles east of the Stac Pollaidh car park, a path leads over the pass between Stac Pollaidh and Cul Beag, to reach a fork above Loch an Doire Dhuibh, take the right-hand branch to descend through birch woods and around the east end of the loch,cross the stream beyond the loch and follow it north-westwards downstream past a gamekeeper's hut and a smaller loch, then cross back via a footbridge, from here another path leads back to the original fork and back to the road
The Inverpolly National Nature Reserve has some relics of a relatively untouched primitive birch and hazel woodland,to the east is the Knockan Crag Its Gaelic name is Creag a' Chnocain, meaning 'crag of the small hill', it was renowned internationally due to an important geological feature called the ‘Moine Thrust’ that was first identified here, the rocks at and around Knockan Crag record the last 3,000 million years of history for the landmass that we now know as Scotland, it is one of the most important sites for understanding how the landscape of Northern Britain was formed.