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Corrieshalloch Gorge National Nature Reserve

Walk across the suspension bridge as the River Droma rushes through a mile-long box canyon below.

Things to do

NATURE SPOTTING

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, and ravens often nest in the ledge beside the suspension bridge. 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.

WALKS

A short, steep walk from the car park along a good path takes you to the suspension bridge, which sways slightly. Walk across the 25m long bridge – stopping to enjoy the vertigo-inducing view of the river below if you dare! Then 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, the gorge can be explored by following two short trails.