Walk 2 Rubha Coigach From Reiff


Drive through Polbain and Altandu to Reiff (well sign posted) and park the car where you can, probably on the level patch of grass on the right hand side of the road at the far end of the village beyond the beach. Make your way northwards along the eastern shore of the Loch of Reiff until at the head of the loch you come in sight of the bay, Camas Eilean Chlais. After crossing the neck of shingle beach between the loch and the sea you will pick up a well-defined path that follows the shore rising steeply as the cliffs heighten and becomes less distinct after the crest of Camas a Ghlais Lean which is left a few hundred yards inland. In early summer, sea pinks and primroses fill the crannies in the rock.

For the best views keep as close as possible to the cliff edge with the rugged plateau of Cnoc Airigh Giorsail stretching inland towards Loch Na Totaig. There are cormorant colonies near Faochag Bay and white sandy beaches at the foot of the cliffs. The route ends on the northeast to the Point of Stoer with its white lighthouse across Enard Bay and, in clear weather, westwards to the Outer Hebrides humped on the horizon.

Make your way back to Reiff or, if you are feeling energetic and have plenty of time, continue southeast along the cliffs to Achnahaird Bay, a route described in reverse in Walk 3. (If this longer walk is decided on, it is best to make your way back to Reiff along the road rather that cut across the very wet moorland of Rubha Mor).

Drive back to Achiltibuie via Brae of Achnahaird and Lochs Raa and Vatacan.

DISTANCE: 6 or l4 miles

GOING: Easy on the shorter route
Rough and wet going on the longer