Corrieshalloch Gorge is a mile-long canyon, through which the River Droma rushes. It takes its name from the Gaelic for ‘ugly hollow’. But that’s as far from the truth as can be.
One of the most spectacular gorges of its type in Britain and provides striking evidence of how glacial meltwater can create deep gorges.
The meltwater followed natural faults in the bedrock during several episodes of glaciation during the Quaternary ice ages, between 2.6 million and 11,500 years ago.
A short steep walk will bring you to a Victorian suspension bridge, where you can gaze down over a series of crashing waterfalls.
A short, steep walk from the car park along a good path takes you to the suspension bridge. It does sway slightly.
Walk across the 25m long bridge – stopping to enjoy the vertigo-inducing view of the river below if you dare!
Stand on the cantilevered viewing platform on the opposite side of the gorge and look down onto the crashing 45m high Falls of Measach. You may also catch glimpses of Loch Broom from here.
As an added bonus, the gorge is even more spectacular when it’s raining or after a recent wet spell.
As well as the path leading to the suspension bridge and viewing platform, you can also explore by following two short trails.
- From Ullapool, head south on the A835 for 12 miles. At Braemore Junction, turn right onto the A832 Dundonnell road.
- The car park is just off the A832, with roadside parking available ½ mile from the turn-off.
- Car park postcode: IV23 2PJ
Along the NC500
- Cross the Victorian suspension bridge over the tree-lined gorge.
- Marvel at the River Droma plummeting through a series of waterfalls.
- Follow the trails through the woodland for views of the surrounding area.
- Look out for woodland birds, ravens and even golden eagles, which can sometimes be seen soaring above the gorge.
- Far below, trout live in the deepest pools of the gorge.
- In autumn, along the flanks of the ravine the native trees such as birch, rowan, oak, hazel, elm and pine are resplendent in their glowing autumn colours.
Walk across the suspension bridge as the River Droma rushes through a mile-long box canyon below.
- Stand on the bridge in winter and feel the spray from the tumbling waterfall.
- The stark winter vegetation highlights the steep ravine, and allows us to appreciate the powerful forces that created this gorge many thousands of years ago.
- Spring brings the first flush of buds and blooming wildflowers in the gorge below.
- The dark, shady conditions lend themselves to plants like sanicle.
- Shade-loving ferns and plants such as mountain sorrel, germander speedwell and saxifrage also thrive in the lowest levels.
- In summer you can see and hear woodland birds in the gorge. Ravens often nest in the ledge beside the suspension bridge.