Torridon Two corries walk Description This path takes you into a spectacular mountain landscape between Liathach, Beinn Alligin, Beinn Dearg and Beinn Eighe, where you can see important plant colonies, rare mosses and lichens, and perhaps even golden eagles. Walkers can start at the car park at either Coire Dubh or from Coire Mhic Nobuil, returning via the same route or by walking back along the main road. Grade Moderate but committing Terrain Not steep but the path is rough in places. Wear strong boots. Take food, warm, waterproof clothing, and a map and a compass – and know how to use them. Be aware that at any time of year the weather can change quickly and that you will be walking through a very isolated landscape. There is no service for mobile phones on this walk.
1 Starting at Coire Mhic Nobuil Walking through the woods at the start of the route gives an impression of how the Highlands would have looked when the ancient forest still dominated the hills and glens of northern Scotland. However, larch and rhododendrons were not part of that forest. Rhododendrons in particular have become a big problem as they spread quickly and flourish at the expense of other plants. We are encouraging native trees to grow here in fenced-off enclosures, which protect them from grazing by deer and sheep. When the trees are tall enough the fences will be removed. The rhododendrons are also being cleared to make way for native species such as birch and oak. The woodlands are home to a variety of wildlife including pine martens, long-tailed tits, goldcrests and treecreepers. As you move on to the open moorland look out for golden eagles soaring high above. In autumn these hills echo to the sound of the rut when red deer stags battle for the chance to mate with the hinds.
Distance 8 miles / 13km (one way) Time 4 hours (each way). Time will vary according to the fitness of the walker. OS Map Landranger Sheets 24 & 25 Facilities Parking
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2 Starting at Coire Dubh You are standing in an ancient landscape: 800 million years ago massive rivers flowed across the ancient bedrock of what is now Scotland, leaving a layer of sand and gravel up to 4 miles (6.5km) thick. These sediments then formed a vast plain of Torridonian sandstone, which has been sculpted into the mountains and glens you see here by extreme climate changes. The glen in which you are standing illustrates Torridon’s more recent glacial history. It is one of the most striking examples of hummocky moraine – land formed by the last phase of the Ice Age some 12,000 years ago. These glacial deposits consist of a mixture of stony earth and boulders. Some of the moraines were shaped and streamlined by the ice as it flowed over them, while others were formed at the edge of the glaciers as they retreated.
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Torridon Beinn Dearg
two corries walk
This map is for indicative use only – take a good map with you on the walk