Start/Finish: Killilan, near Kyle of Lochalsh
Terrain: 80% gravel track, 15% feint grassy trails, 5% heather/bog
Transport: train station at Attadale which gives good access to route. I parked car at Killilan.
Route: Route Map
There's a vast area of wild country E of Loch Carron, NE of Loch Alsh/Loch Long, labelled Attadale and Killilan Forest on the OS map. Originally I'd planned to backpack through it years ago. The loop I've described here is relatively easy compared with most other routes in this blog, as there isn't much climbing and it keeps mostly to good tracks. There is a short (1 mile) rough section of bog-hopping Nof Pait Lodge. It is the remoteness that is of interest here - particularly felt when entering Coire nan Each N of Loch Mhoicean. The map link above shows the route in reverse - i.e., I actually did it anti-clockwise. That way the last 10 miles were closer to civilisation, with a pussy-out option above Attadale Station.
|The track through Glen Elchaig|
|Looking towards Carnach along the shore of Loch na Leitreach|
The way continues easily up the glen, sneaking past Cannach and Iron Lodge, before the only significant climb of the day where the path loops upwards into the wild. Back down at Iron Lodge an alternative route heads for nearby Loch Mullardoch - a loch surrounded by infamously remote Munros. My onward journey was on their arguably more remote NW side, climbing up beside frozen waterfalls to the iced-over Loch Mhoicean. I could feel the cold a lot more up here, there was now a breeze and it penetrated my gloves.
|I don't think much happens around here - Coire nan Each|
Its more like a piece of archaeology than a path to be honest, but its nice and bouncy, with leaps over bog and burn. Towards the bottom it is more obvious, and where the glen narrows and the river is close, its continuation differs slightly from the map and so I missed my intended route (the one in the link above and marked on the map) which contours around the Corbett of An Cruachan, instead ending up with a harmless 0.5mile detour down to the bottom - a flat area of peat bogs, heather and lochans (Heather of Doom 2), but saved by another old path linking Maol Bhuide Bothy (interesting link) to Pait Lodge.
|Allt Coire nan Each|
|Loch Monar and Pait Lodge from the Heather of Doom III|
|Snowy An Riabhachan (L) and Sgurr na Lapaich (R) above An Gead Loch, seen from the NW|
|An Socach (L) dwarfing the very remote Corbetts An Cruachan (M), and Aonach Buidhe (R)|
(I'd descended between the Corbetts earlier, heading "left" above those lochans)
|Looking back N from the Killilan-Attadale path|
|Looking over the River Ling with Faochaig (Corbett) above|
From here it was less than 3 miles back to the sun-heated car, and I was so glad to get there and down some water and junk food, feeling very satisfied with my day.