Old Path from Cuaig to Arinacrinachd
Start location: Unclassified road southwest of Cuaig (NG 703 572)
End location: Arinacrinachd School (NG 744 582)
Geographical area: Ross and Cromarty
Path Type: Rural Path
Path distance: 4.8km
Accessibility info: Suitable for pedestrians
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There are a few short sections of the old coastal path to Applecross (now replaced by the road) which give pleasant short walks. Possibly the best of these is the old path from Cuaig to Arinacrinachd in the northwest corner of the Applecross peninsula. The route is cairned, but the path is difficult to follow in places as it makes its tortuous way past several small lochans. At its northeast end it is blocked by a small plantation, and one has to go round the north side to reach the road*. This is a beautiful short walk, barely 5km, with wonderful views, especially if one makes a small diversion to the top of Meall Loch an Fhidhleir.
OS Landranger 24 (Raasay, Applecross & Loch Torridon)
This does not appear to have been a made path; rather, the occasional stone cairns way-mark a route which developed as a path between two communities, but it has been little used since the coastal path was replaced by the road and so is disappearing into the bog again.
*The Applecross Landscape Partnership has developed a link from the Arrina wood car park to the old path from Cuaig, thus improving access to the historic route.