Local Walks in the Highlands

The following walks are suggested for guidance only. You can walk on any of the surrounding mountains, but if you do, please remember to keep your dog under control and on a lead if necessary.

  • Eas Ban Waterfall (Whitefalls) (featured above): The waterfall is visible from the side door of the cottage, high in the mountain to the right of the zig-zag path. From Camusluinie road end, cross the wooden bridge, keep to the left and follow the farm track through the wooden gate. Turn immediately right after the gate as signposted. Follow the wire fence, go through the metal gate then continue up the hill staying close to the wire fence until you see a white sign directing you up to the left. Here you will find the start of the zig-zag hill track and another white sign. Continue up the track eventually reaching a third white sign. Please tread carefully as you descend the small path from here towards the base of the waterfall as it can be steep in places. NB: Sheep and lambs usually grazing in this area, please keep your dogs on a lead. It may be possible to have your dog off the lead if there are no sheep in the pasture – please check with us first to see if this is possible. Approximately 1 hour long. Difficulty: Medium to high.
  • Birch wood walk: From Camusluinie road end, cross the wooden bridge, keep to the left and follow the farm track through the wooden gate. Continue on this track for a while then bear right up into the forest where is grows close to the track. You can meander through the forest although it is steep in places with no real defined paths. You will see a variety of Fungi and Fauna and may catch a glimpse of Red Deer and birds of Prey. Difficulty: Easy to Medium.
  • Walk to Camusluinie bridge: Pleasant walk down the main road which has lovely view up and down the river at the bottom. You can frequently see lots of deer and stags roaming the flats near the river, particularly if it has been a harsh winter. In winter and early spring, you will see a Dipper (small black bird with white breast) and if you are lucky, an elusive otter family in the river below the bridge. If you have your dogs with you, you are unfortunately less likely to see wildlife. Difficulty: Easy.
  • Valley Walk: From Camusluinie road end, cross the wooden bridge, keep to the left and follow the farm track through the wooden gate. Continue on this track for approx 1 mile where the path becomes boggier / overgrown and less defined. Upon reaching a kissing gate the terrain becomes drier and you will soon reach the House and bridge at ‘Coille Righ’. Cross the bridge and follow the driveway up to the tarred road. Turn left here and walk back down the valley through Kilillan. At the first junction turn left and back up the road to Camusluinie. Warning, the low levels of this road can be muddy at times. Approximately 2.5 hours long. Difficulty: Easy to medium.
  • Nonach Waterfall: From Camusluinie, follow the road back down the glen as if you were going to Dornie. At the Killilan junction, turn left towards the bridge with the high metal sides. Turn right just before the bridge – follow the track up the river bank for about 1 mile and you will eventually come to the falls which are not high. This is a good spot to see wild salmon leaping (depending on the season and weather – salmon like a lot of rain!). Approximately 2 hours. Difficulty: Easy.
  • Falls of Glomach: From Camusluinie road end, follow the directions above to Collie Righ. Cross over the bridge and turn right at the tarred private road. Follow the road up the valley (watch out for the Highland cattle). After 4 miles you will see Carnach Loch. There is a bridge to your right here (before you reach the loch). Cross over the bridge and follow the path. Cross over the second bridge and then take the steep walk up to the falls. Return the same way. Approximately 6 hours. Difficulty: Starts at medium, and then progresses to very high. Must have good strong walking boots.
  • Eilean Donan Castle: From Camusluinie road end, don’t cross the wooden bridge, instead bearing right and continuing on the roughly tarred road round the village until you see a small blue sign saying ‘path to Dornie’ next to the gated entrance of ‘Faery Fort’ cottage. Follow the track (difficult at times and very overgrown) to the top (aim for the lowest point on the hill). Once at the top you will see the remains of an old wall. Follow this wall uphill a little and then go downhill, following the little river from its sources until it reaches the sea in Bundaloch. You then follow along the street until you reach Dornie and the Castle. Approximately 6 hours. Difficulty: Medium and very muddy in places.
  • Sguman and Ben Killilan: From Camusluinie walk down the glen on the main road as if you were going to Dornie. At Killilan junction, turn right into Killilan estate. Just after the phone box (see photos below), you will come to a small river. Don’t cross the bridge. Instead, follow the river left upstream past a building which is the local hall. This path widens into a good wide track (stalkers’ path) and takes you almost to the top of Ben Killilan. If you are going on to the top, you will need to turn left off the path near the top. Here you have a choice of returning the same way, or if you are feeling fit, scrambling to the top of Sguman which you will see towering opposite you. Sguman offers the best views and you will see for miles around – on a clear day you can see the hills of Ireland! Approximately 7 hours. Difficulty: High – you will need to be a fairly experienced hill walker for this one. Watch out for the mist and if in doubt speak to John.
  • Carn Bada Creamh (Peak of wild garlic): Follow the directions for the walk to Eilean Donan Castle but when you reach the old wall at the top, instead of following it and dropping down to Dornie, keep to your left and you will find the track following the right above the waterfall. This is a quite well defined path which will eventually take you to Inverinate (this was the ancient route taken to the burial ground at Clachan Dulch graveyard at the head of Loch Dutch). However unless you want to walk to Inverinate, you will see half way along the track, Carn Bada Creamh towering to your right. A longish meandering scramble takes you to the top (Cairn at the top). Lovely views of Skye and Applecross mountains from here. This is the best place in the whole glen to see Golden Eagles, White-Tailed Eagles, Mountain Hares, Foxes, Golden Plovers, Ptarmigans and Grouse. Approximately 5 hours. Difficulty: High.
  • Attadale Gardens: Walk down the road as if going to Dornie. Cross over both bridges and about half a mile after you cross the “Ling Bridge” you will see a sign on your right for Nonach. Go up this road, pass the big house on your left and a small cottage on your right. You will find a gate which is the start of a hill track. You will need a better map for this one. Follow the well defined track until you reach Attadale. There are lovely gardens here and you can get a cup of tea for your troubles! If you feel fit enough, return the same way. Approximately 10 hours. Difficulty: Medium.
  • Corrie Dhomhain (The deep valley): Follow directions for Ben Killilan, but when you pass the red phone box, turn left and keep left of the local hall. This is a gravel road and will take you 7 miles up Glen Ling to Coirre Dhomhain. At the road end, you will see an agricultural shed. 30 years ago there was a shepherd’s house here with a family of 6 children all going to the local primary school at “Ling Bridge”. Return the same way. Approximately 6 hours. Difficulty: Fairly easy, but long.
  • Carn Loch nan Eun (Bird loch): Follow directions to Carn Bada Creamh, but instead of going to your right on to Carn Bada Creamh, look to your left and in the distance you will see a high deer fence. Make your way over to this fence (quite a long slog in soft peaty ground). Follow this fence east and after half a mile, you will see the loch on the other side of the fence. To get to the Loch, you will unfortunately have to climb over the deer fence. Please be careful! This loch is where a black throated diver comes every summer – see if you can spot it! Approximately 8 hours. Difficulty: High – you will need to be a fairly experienced hill walker for this one.

You can also try the suggested walks by WalkHighlands, which is a great resource for keen hill walkers and munro baggers!