Gruinard River Circuit

Gruinard River Circuit






A long moorland walk (16 miles) with a river crossing only advisable in dry weather!


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The Gruinard River drops down to the sea through a rocky gorge
The track by the North bank of the Gruinard River
Looking back to the start of the walk.
The track leaves the river and starts climing fairly steeply

To the South one can see the fine Beinn Dearg peaks
The path drops down into a valley past an old sheiling and crosses a small burn The path climbs out of the valley and gives spectacular views of the Fisherfield Mountains The path drops down into another valley past more ruins. Approaching Sail Mhor The path climbs up following the burn to Lochan Gaineamhaich The path follows the north shore of Lochan Gaineamhaich The path reaches Loch an Eich Dhuibh then turns to the South round the end of the Loch. After a short climb the Beinn Dearg Peaks come in to view and the path starts the descent to Loch na Sealga Loch na Sealga and the Beinn Dearg Peaks The Gruinard River starts here. Xan crossing the river The broad track by the Gruinard River looking towards Beinn Dearg Bheag The Gruinard River, the track goes through this plantation of native woodland. The track follows the meandering river. The start of the walk is in sight. Looking down on the walk area from Sail Mhor. Loch Mor Bad an Durcharaich Loch a Mhadaidh Mor Loch na Sealga Gruinard Bay
The walk starts by the road bridge over the river. This picture is taken from the bridge looking down the rocky gorge that takes the river to the sea.


The track by the North bank of the Gruinard River


Looking back to the start of the walk.
The track leaves the river and starts to climb quite steeply.


To the South one can see the fine Beinn Dearg peaks


The path drops down into a valley past an old sheiling and crosses a small burn


The path climbs out of the valley and gives spectacular views of the Fisherfield Mountains


The path drops down into another valley past more ruins. Approaching Sail Mhor


The path climbs up following the burn to Lochan Gaineamhaich.


The path follows the north shore of Lochan Gaineamhaich.


The path reaches Loch an Eich Dhuibh then turns to the South round the end of the Loch.


After a short climb the Beinn Dearg Peaks come in to view and the path starts the descent to Loch na Sealga


Loch na Sealga and the Beinn Dearg Peaks


The Gruinard river starts here. There used to be a bridge. It is now necessary to walk about 1km down the river to find a shallow place to cross but you will get wet feet!


Xan crossing the river.


The broad track by the Gruinard River looking towards Beinn Dearg Bheag.


The Gruinard River, the track goes through this plantation of native woodland.


The track follows the meandering river.


The start of the walk is in sight.


Looking down on the walk area
from Sail Mhor


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All pictures © Ian Van Hinsbergh Last Update 3rd December 2014