Loch Torridon Drove Road
Start location: Coulags, A890 (NG 962 452)
End location: Annat, A896 (NG 894 544)
Geographical area: Ross and Cromarty
Path Type: Coffin Road, Drove Road
Path distance: 13km
Accessibility info: Suitable for pedestrians, Suitable for Bikes
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Newsflash: until September 2017, hydro development work may be taking place on the Fionn-abhainn alongside the south end of this route, so there may be construction traffic. The work will also involve repairing and upgrading the existing path. The route will remain open, but there may be small delays if excavation work is taking place; more information is available from Green Highland Renewables.
Start from the A890, 4½km north from Strathcarron Station at the bridge over the Fionn-abhainn and follow the well-defined path north past the new Coulags Lodge and up the east side of the river. In 2km the river is crossed and in another 1km the MBA maintained Coire Fionnaraich bothy is passed. 1km further on there is a junction of paths. The most direct way continues north up the glen past Loch Coire Fionnaraich to the Bealach na Lice (420m) and then northwest down to Loch an Eion. From the loch an easy walk of 4½km down a good path leads to Annat at the head of Loch Torridon.
For those wondering whether this old route is cycleable, check out Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland's e-guide to the Highlands which describes a circuit using both this route and the Coulin Pass - a physically and technically demanding endeavour through a remote and sensitive area. Also worthy of consideration is taking part in the DMBinS annual Take Care Of Your Trails weekend - previous path work in Torridon has included the Annat descent.
Landranger 25 (Glen Carron & surrounding area) & 24 (Raasay and Loch Torridon)
Tradition has it that this was used as a drove road. It may well have been used by drovers with cattle from the Gairloch area heading south or, more likely, heading east towards the big market at Muir of Ord.