Revel in the haunting beauty of the Scottish Highlands by traveling along lovely Loch Broom to an ancient gorge that was carved out of the rock during the last Ice Age.
Depart from the pier and drive south along the broad Loch Broom waterway, during which you will enjoy sweeping views of the rugged mountains beyond. Before long, you will arrive in Corrieshalloch Gorge National Nature Reserve. The gorge here was carved out of the surrounding rock by a torrent of water from a melting ice cap at the end of the last Ice Age.
The River Droma now thunders through the tree-shrouded gorge, dramatically dropping more than 325 feet in a series of waterfalls, the longest being the 150-foot high Falls of Measach. It’s a spectacular sight, even more so up close.
As you walk through the woods toward the chasm, you will pass over a suspension bridge, giving you an excellent view down into the steep-sided gorge. A second bridge leads to another viewpoint that offers a wonderful look at the surrounding flora that includes lush ferns, mosses and liverworts clinging to the walls of the gorge and riverbed boulders.
After the invigorating walk, you will drive on through the Dundonnell Forest and back along Loch Broom, an area nicknamed the “great wilderness.” You’ll notice the massive crag An Teallach towering above the loch’s southern shore.
Then, after tea at the Dundonnel Hotel and free time to stroll about the grounds, you will return to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of walking/standing. At the gorge, the walk from the coach parking area to the suspension bridge will take approximately 10-minutes over uneven natural, gravel and sand surfaces. It is then necessary to cross the slightly swaying bridge and continue walking another 5-minutes in order to reach the second view-point. There is a significant gradient that must be negotiated in order to visit the bottom of the gorge. However, nice views can be obtained without actually crossing the bridge. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not recommended for those with mobility concerns. Warm, layered clothing and water-proof outerwear; sun cap; sunglasses; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes with a non-slip sole are recommended.