Glen Achall to Inverlael
Start location: Inverlael (NH 182 853)
End location: Loch an Daimh (NH 279 947)
Geographical area: Ross and Cromarty
Path Type: Rural Path
Path distance: 0km
Accessibility info: Suitable for pedestrians
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From Inverlael go up the River Lael, crossing to the north side of the river at the first bridge, and continue to 206 855 and there strike N up a zigzag path to reach a higher forest road. Continue N then NE out of the forest up a newer track on the west side of a deep gorge and when above the gorge head E. At about 230 875 the track peters out on level ground. Continue E then NE round a hill and drop gradually to the old crofting settlement of Douchary in Glen Douchary near 244 903. From there the two routes go their separate ways:
(a) Going to Oykel Bridge, a path goes down Glen Douchary on the east side of the river and then NE across a watershed to the head of Loch an Daimh. Follow the track on the north-west side of this loch past Knockdamph bothy and down to Duag Bridge, from where a private road goes down Glen Einig to Oykel Bridge.
(b) To go to Ullapool, do not follow the path down Glen Douchary but head NNW across a col south-west of Meall na Moch-eirigh and descend to East Rhidorroch Lodge in Glen Achall. Cross to the north side of the Rhidorroch River and go down the private road past Loch Achall to the A835 road 1km north of Ullapool. An alternative end to this route can be made by leaving the private road at 155 952 just west of Loch Achall and climbing up the path over the north-west ridge of Maol Calaisceig , then taking the lower path at the bifurcation at 141 949 to descend steeply to Ullapool.
This old track appears in the 1st edition of the OS 6 inch to the mile series of maps, which were surveyed in the middle of the 19th century but it doesn't seem to be depicted in maps any older. However a map of the area by Timothy Pont from between 1583 to 1596 shows a lot of settlements along the line of the route. It is therefore likely that there has been a track on this route for a very long time but that it wasn't substantial enough to be mapped until Ordnance Survey started mapping in great detail.