Pulling myself away from the trees at Clanach, I discovered Corrieshalloch Gorge (it sometimes seemed I’d done no research for this trip, but actually I did sort of know about the Gorge but not how amazing it, and the hiking round about, is).
The National Trust carpark for the Gorge is close by the junction for the road down to Gairloch. I remembered my friend Paul had been to a workshop “somewhere near Gairloch”, so I was tempted to go take a look. I was low on petrol and was running out of time to get back to Inverness where I had tickets for a concert by Talisk at the Eden Court that evening. I started down the road to Inverness and immediately turned round and headed for Gairloch. It was a beautiful drive, but I had no time to stop and take any photographs. I will have to come again (and again).
I did manage to find petrol at Gairloch (I didn’t find where Paul had been) and had to decide how to get back to Inverness: go back to the Gorge, or continue south, east and north. The predicted times seemed much the same, and the road ahead had an amount of single-track which made it more risky; I kept going.
I was heading inland, up this long twisting road, enjoying the drive, when I saw a big pull-off; I thought it was funny, as there didn’t seem to be much going on with the scenery and then I looked in the mirror, and practically slammed on the brakes. Since Queen Victoria stopped here, Loch Maree down Glen Doherty has been a classic view in the Highlands.
No time to linger here though, as I still needed to get to Inverness. When I was getting close, I did decide a could linger one more time, for the Rogie Falls; just a quick forest walk down to the main viewing point for now, have to come back as well and explore the river more thoroughly.