Walking in Glen Finnan
Starting from the Lodge there is a choice of several walks. Glenfinnan in well known in Scottish walking circles for the Corryhully Bothy. Situated by the river below the lodge the bothy is maintained by the estate for the benefit of walkers.
Important: From mid August to the end of January hill walkers should check with the Estate Manager, Alistair Gibson, that there are no stalking activities planned in the area of their intended walk.
Glen road. The road up the glen carries on as a gravel track for two miles after the Lodge after which it carries on over to Loch Arkaig as a track for seven miles. Gives stunning views of surrounding mountains and an easy "go as far as you want" walk for couch potatoes. The River Finnan has both fast flowing sections
with steep gorges and gentle sections.
The deep pools are popular swimming
venues in Summer!
- Glen circular. At the bothy below the Lodge it is possible to use the stepping stones to cross the river and climb up the lower slopes of Ben an Tuim for 300m to reach the forest track leading back at high level down the opposite side of the river, rejoining the road near the viaduct. Gives beautiful views down Loch Shiel but needs a bit of energy!
- Streap. The ridge across the Glen facing the Lodge is an exciting walk for experienced climbers. The ridge is generally very steep and narrow but the section around Streap ("The steep One") is the highlight of the traverse. Easily accessed from the Lodge by crossing the river and ascending to the bealach and heading left up onto the ridge.
- Corryhully horseshoe. A serious walk , a full day is necessary. Best done anti-clockwise to make easy use of the stalkers path which leads off from the track over to Loch Arkaig just after the first ford. Stunning views into Knoydart and over to the Inner Hebrides from the ridge.
- Loch Beoraid circular. At the Lodge a side glen leads off west to Loch Beoraid. Just before reaching the head of the loch a track (undefined) leads south and back to the main road to give a short walk back to Glenfinnan. This is a long walk at lower levels requiring some previous experience.
Glenfinnan is a classic starting point for access into Knoydart by walking up Glen Finnan to Loch Arkaig and then via Glen Dessary into the Knoydart mountains. One can then walk through to Inverie, catch the ferry back to Mallaig and get back to Glenfinnan on the train. Definitely needs a lot of planning and good fitness, allow at least three days!
For those who like to have an organised walking holiday, contact Bespoke Highland Tours based at Arisaig. Ian Pragnell can arrange walks to suit all abilities and wallets.
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